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Our Collaborative Blog for the First Lego League

May 29, 2014
by MIss Rap
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Day 1

Today the team had a great run through of their presentation in the morning and the. made their way to the centre to meet the other children. There were representatives from countries all over the world including Turkey, Greece, UK, China, Brazil and Taiwan. We got our special ID passes and the children worked in the pit area to put up our display and went around and introduced themselves and swapped pins and badges.
We are in a great area surrounded by some very vocal teams from Lebanon and Italy. They joined us in singing Waltzing Matilda lead by Mr Grossek.

Tomorrow the fun and competition continues (robot performance – Go Jeffrey!) and we have the official opening ceremony, dinner and welcome party at night.

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May 27, 2014
by MIss Rap
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2014 OEC Championship!

Well the countdown is on and we are only 24 hours away from registering the team to compete in the OEC Championship. The competition is being held at the Baluarte Centre in Pamplona.

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Teams have been arriving and proudly wearing their country colours. Tomorrow this square will be a sea of colour with children representing countries from all over the world.

The team will have a training session in the morning, then register at the centre and set up their pit. After that they will have the chance to meet other teams before preparing for the beginning of the competition on Thursday.

Keep updated with the main events and our schedule below.

Wednesday
Team training session at Hotel Tres Reyes (meet in the foyer of the hotel)
10:00 to 11:00 – Technical (Glendal students only)
11:00 to 12:00 – Project and Core Values (Whole team)

3:00 – team registration at the Baluarte centre.
Team setup at the centre, to decorate our stand and setup up our table with Australian stickers etc

Thursday
Practice round (table 5, Main Auditorium, Ground Floor) 10:50 to 11:00
Extra Robot Performance Training

Chris and Traceye to attend a coaching meeting at 2:00 to 3:00

3:15 Technical Practice (Glendal students only) at Hotel Tres Reyes
4:00 to 5:30 Opening Ceremony at the Balurate centre
6:00 Welcome Party in the ground exhibition hall

Friday
Robot Performance No. 1 (table 6) 10:00
Robot Design (room 5) 10:50 to 11:15
Project and Core values (room 7) 4:10 to 4:50
Robot Performance No. 2 (table 7) 5:25
6:00 Friendship Party

Saturday
Robot Performance No.3 (table 8) 10:10
Elimination tournaments for the top 8 teams
Pack up pits at 1:00
3:00 to 5:00 awards and closing ceremony
5:00 to 7:00 farewell party in the Balurate Plaza

May 19, 2014
by MIss Rap
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News featured on the CFA Website

Today the team received a special message from our friends at the CFA wishing the team good luck at the OEC Championships in Pamplona, Spain. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the CFA for all there expert advice, suggestions and support throughout this competition.

The incredible effort, research and time spent on your Australian National winning entry now enters the world stage. CFA, Evan and myself wish you all good Luck in Spain, we are thinking of you all and look forward to hearing how you enjoyed your experience.CFA

 All the very best to you all.

Very kind regards,

Emma Pears
CFA
Education Service Delivery

You can read this article featured on the CFA website by clinking on the link below.

http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news/robots-for-fireground-hot-spots.html

May 3, 2014
by MIss Rap
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FLL Global Innovations Award

The FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) Global Innovation Award is designed to encourage and assist FLL teams to further develop their innovative solutions to real-world problems. Last week the FLL announced the Global Innovation Award Finalists.

Unfortunately, Ctrl+Alt+Del didn’t make it into the top ten but we would like to acknowledge the teams that did and if you visit the link below you will get to look at their Amazing Innovations.

Congratulations to the NATURE’S FURYSM FLL Global Innovation Award Finalists
Robotic Raiders, Williamsburg, Iowa, USA Invention: Cyclone Survivor Board Game
The Brain Busters, Sherborn, Massachusetts, USA Invention: Balloon-Based Notification Sign
RobotTec, Santiago, CHILE Invention: Tsunami Evacuation System
The winning team will be announced at the FLL Global Innovation Award ceremony on June 3rd at the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  


The ten (10) submissions below were chosen by a panel of experts to receive free submission into Edison Nation’s online platform, where they will undergo Edison Nation’s submission review process. This includes competitive landscape, initial IP review as well as considerations to development, materials, and analysis of cost/value relationship. Additionally, these ten (10) teams will participate in a Q&A session with Edison Nation via email/questionnaire, with the Q&A results published in Inventors Digest.

Team Name Location Invention
Robotic Raiders Williamburg, IA, USA Cyclone Survivor Board Game
The Brain Busters Sherborn, MA, USA Balloon-Based Notification Sign
Robotec Santiago, CHILE Tsunami Evacuation System
Masters of Disasters Kirkland, WA, USA Food Emergency Kit Subscription Service
Tech Fires Columbus, OH, USA ThermoAlert
LEGO My LEGO London, ON, CANADA Compact Water Filtration System
Albots Valley Park, MO, USA Decal Communication Recovery System
Somers Mindstorm Specialists Baldwin Place, NY, USA Power Genie
FaBRICKators Stroudsburg, PA, USA T.A.D. Pole (Taking Accurate Depths)
Idea Club Louisville, KY, USA DRINK (Disaster Relief in Nature Kart)

http://fllinnovation.firstlegoleague.org/

Congratulations to the three teams and good luck with your presentations in the USA on the 3rd June.

December 4, 2013
by Kyle
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Lego Timeline

Lego Timeline (Project)

  1. Look at the provided info in your manuals and FLL website.
  2. Organise team name and whether you’re going to split or stay in a team.
  3. Decide which topic you’re focusing on.
  4. Arrange experts to interview in that specific topic.
  5. Find a problem on the topic and find a creative solution.
  6. Recall all the Infor mation you learnt.
  7. Write down some of the best bits and pieces of the information you have gathered on your poster, presentation, etc.
  8. Give everyone a part to say in the presentation.
  9. Recite your lines

Lego Timeline (Technical)

  1. Build all the elements.
  2. Decide what mission you would like to accomplish.
  3. Build a robot regarding the rules in the FLL manual and FLL website.
  4. Program the robot and test.
  5. Keep a log of your programming.
  6. Redesign and reprogram tour robot to make it work.
  7. If it works continue to the next step, but if it doesn’t, repeat previous step.
  8. Ensure the programs work.
  9. Time the missions.
  10. Keep a record of the points your team wishes to accomplish.
  11. If you still have time before the competition, maybe consider programming the robot to do more missions, whilst not exceeding the time limit.

December 2, 2013
by Kyle
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Invitation

Dear Parents, School Councillors, Staff and Friends,

On Thursday 5th December the Lego Robotics State Champions Ctrl + Alt + Del will be presenting our Nature’s Fury Project to special guests and the school community. You are invited to attend this event which will take place at Berwick Lodge PS from times 11:00 to 12:00 pm in the BER building.

We hope to see you there.

Warmest Regards,

Ctrl + Alt + Del.

November 11, 2013
by Kyle
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FLL Competition Day

My nervous and anxious mind was shaking in my head. ” Today is the day,” I thought. The 10th of November had arrived… it was competition day.

The robotics team consisted of Eric, Josh, Sean, Henna, Nivethan, David, Thomas, Kaaviyan, Zoe and me, under the team name of CTRL-ALT-DELETE. We all were excited and when we arrived at the King David School in Armadale, it was nearly time for our first robot game. We were all getting tense waiting for Niv and Zoe, as they had the competition robot…. as time was ticking…..

Finally Zoe and Niv had arrived! We were relieved that Zoe and Niv had arrived in time. The Glendal students got on to the work while the Berwick Lodge students work on the Project (or as the boring part as you might say). Glendal students had to stop hitting the branch as they had just realised that they couldn’t have 5 motors which decreased the points but improved speed and had to stop pulling the plane and moving the house up which also decreased a lot of points. It was finally time for the game…

Overall the first round of matches was good, well I thought that the second round was the best out of all three rounds anyway. We had to quickly move onto the Technical almost straight afer the game. Unfortunately, the judges were still judging for the Technical part for the team before us, at the scheduled time for us to finish the Technical. I was wondering what was holding them up. The door finally burst open.

Josh introduced the team and talked about the multi-collaborative team of different schools and nations. Then the Glendal students talked about the missions and gave them a demonstration. They also talked about the programs they used and what sensors they used for their mission. The judges thought it was pretty impressive.

Next we had another robot game. The Glendal students found some holes in the program and fixed them. “Hopefully,” I thought, “they will fix the problems and make it perfect.” And fortunately they did!

It was lunch time for us. Perfect timing. I was starving. But now I can’t really tell you what happened when the students got their lunch because I was taken out by my mum to eat a wrap and buy a Coke for Ms Rap and bought a salad roll for Henna’s mum. At the venue they provided lunch but apparently it wasn’t that good… My team was jealous of what I got for lunch!

We were ready for our last round of robot game. Unfortunately it missed a whole lot of missions but got Jeffrey the minifig to safety. We started practicing for our third and final round of robots while Berwick Lodge started rehearsing our lines for the Project. We rehearsed in front of Ms G and Ms Rap, being our judges and parents being their ordinary selves. It was pretty good. We were ready for the last part of the day, the Project.

We walked up to the second floor and brought all the equipment with us and presented it to the judges. They said it was excellent.

Now was the most exciting or maybe the most nerve-racking 1 and a half hours of waiting. We were waiting for the final results of the winners. I was so excited when I knew this, we had won the State Championships and the robot performance award. We were celebrating on after we had finished the competition.

To celebrate they each bought a slushee for themselves, except for me. Poor me!!

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