Our Collaborative Blog for the First Lego League

June 1, 2014
by MIss Rap

Day 3


The Dancing Robots from the Opening Ceremony


With an early start and a big day ahead of us we met at the Baluarte centre for our day of competition. The morning started with a practice session on the tables. We had a couple of hiccups with Jeffrey but we had time to make some slight adjustments.

At 10:00am we had our first Robot Performance run, the atmosphere was very exciting and the whole team was allowed on stage. We cheered on Jeffrey as he completed most of the course and only stumbled at the end. He scored 385 points which put us in a good place after the first round. After that the team went to Technical judging, the Glendal students and Zoe explained how each of their attachments and missions worked to the judges. They included the special features on the robot which included pneumatics. Jeffrey is the only robot in the competition with Lego pneumatic parts. Thomas worked very hard with our coach Dan to add these pneumatics to Jeffery. The children did a great job impressing the judges with the robot attachments and mission programming.

In between sessions and robot training the children met other teams from around the world and swapped stickers, badges and smiles. We made good friends with the Greek team and danced with the teams from Lebanon and Qatar.

In the afternoon we presented our Research Project and Core Values presentation to the judges. The judges seemed pretty impressed with the Hot Spot Spotter and thought our CFA teddy bear was cute. The children talked about the drones and other possible purposes of the Hot Spot Spotter. The children were given a problem solving task to solve in 2 minutes. The task was to pass a tennis ball from one person to the other without using your hands, arms, feet or legs. The children found this task challenging and got a ‘fit of the giggles’ as they we’re put into some awkward situations.The judges asked the team questions about teamwork and the FLL core values and then they showed their humanoid robot to the judges.

Our last task for the day was to take Jeffery onto the competition table for his 2nd performance at 5:25pm. The children were quietly confident as he performed extremely well during our practice session. Unfortunately, when we went out to compete in the main auditorium a piece of Lego, after Sean and David’s mission, got stuck under the chassis and veered him off course, causing Zoe’s mission to be aborted. Jeffery scored 303 points, unfortunately we slipped down the leader board. The Glendal children regrouped and we packed up the robots for the night, ready to come back the next day for our 3rd and final attempt with Jeffery on the board.

May 30, 2014
by MIss Rap
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Day 2

Wow, what a day we had today, full of excitement and fun. We had our robot practice run and rehearsed our project presentation and core values tasks. After lunch the children assembled behind the flags that represent our countries and mixed with the other competitors. Then they assembled in the conference centre plaza for our official opening ceremony, and walked into the main auditorium and across the stage in front of all the other countries, families and friends.

There were some amazing acts including the neon, glow light robots and a visit from the mayor of Pamplona. The children were invited to join the host dancing to Gangnam style and Eric was front and centre on stage. Great dancing Eric!

After this the children had dinner and made their way down to the party zone where they danced with the children from other teams. Tomorrow is our big day of presenting and robot missions. We will keep you updated with our results throughout the day.

Thank you for all your messages of support, it has lifted the team and we feel that all three schools are behind us as we compete throughout the day.

February 16, 2014
by MIss Rap

FLL Global Innovation Award

What is the FLL Global Innovation Award?

The FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award is designed to encourage and assist FLL teams to further develop their innovative solutions to real-world problems.  Any registered FLL team may enter their  invention to win the opportunity to take their idea to the next level. The FLL Global Innovation Award is a competition designed to celebrate the real-world, innovative solutions that FLL teams create as a result of their Project.

Who judges the submissions?
Experts in science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing to judge submissions. The FLL also ask subject matter experts that relate to the Challenge theme to judge. Every submission is reviewed. No personal information that would cause bias is ever given to the judges (team name, ages, gender, or location).

When will we find out who the finalists are?
Finalists will be announced in April 2014.

When will the winner be announced?
The winner will be announced at a special ceremony at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA on June 3, 2014.

How will the winners be determined?
Judging will be based on: Solution clearly results from the current FLL Challenge
Efficiency: Simplicity/cost-effectiveness
Public benefit
Commercial viability

To see Ctrl+Alt+Del’s entry into the competition visit the link below.  Good Luck Team.


December 7, 2013
by MIss Rap

Research Project

All we can say is WOW!

The Hot Spot Spotter

Did the team blow the judges away? If you thought the presentation at school was good, this was great! We are so proud of them.  When it came to question time, the judges had very little to ask.  The team were so comprehensive in their presentation and the judges were so impressed with our prototype the ‘Hot Spot Spotter.’

December 7, 2013
by MIss Rap

Team Challenge

Students talked about the Lego Core Values and worked on a task that in the event of fire what object would they take first.
They had a number of items to choose from – teddy bear, passport, Ming vase, painting, pet snail, trophy or an iPad. Our team chose the passport. The reason they chose this was because it was an important document that could could prove our identity and assist in relocating us to a new home.

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