Time flies when it’s November and the first FLL Qualifying Tournament on the West Coast is just weeks away. Brick Buddies is hosting their Annual Robots At Rushe tournament on Saturday, November 23rd from 9am – 4pm. The event is free and open to the public to come watch. Charles S. Rushe Middle School, Land O Lakes, Florida. Robot Rounds will be held in the school cafeteria. 16 teams will be competing from the following area schools: Rushe Middle; Bayonet Point Middle; Crews Lake Middle, Chasco Middle School, Walker Middle Magnet, Roland Park Elementary, Robles Elementary, and Academy of the Lakes.
You can watch the Robot Competition from 9:00 – 2:00pm.
Florida First LEGO League is very competitive with 48 qualifiers going on across the State, as teams battle to secure a spot at Regionals. Brick Buddies has been trying to track the progress of some of our Workshop Day teams. And we are proud to hear that many have earned Regional Bids already! We’re so proud of them and we’d like to say congratulations and give them a shout out for all their hard work so far this season. Team Ibots from Brandon is burning up the Table this season and grabbed a spot.
Rookie Team, Winthrop Mindstorms, from Valrico earned a Regional spot at the their debut tournament. Pasco County’s Patriot Robots will be their county’s first team to reach the Regional level. We also heard that local team Cyborgs earned a bid as well as another Rookie Team from Fort Myers, Panther Tech! Way to go teams. If your team qualified, we’d love to hear from you.
The reviews and results are in from our inaugural FLL Qualifier in Pasco County this past weekend. STEM is catching on in Pasco! We saw a lot of success in the all of the new Pasco County middle school based teams that participated. We hope the First LEGO League program will expand to include some elementary teams next season as well. Because 4th and 5th graders can be tough competitors. The community team from Brandon’s Tech Playzone proved that with their young group of Techno Whizards who were awarded Tournament Champions. Team IBOTS and Terrapins Reds tied for the high score of the day, both scoring a Table Run of 305 points, a huge score at early tournament! Newcomers from Chasco Middle School, Gigabotz won the coveted FLL Core Values Award. Team IBOTS won for Robot Design. In the Project Category, Patriot Robots, from Bayonet Point MIddle, took 1st Place. Also from Bayonet Point, Patriot Robotics, were recognized with the Rising Star Award. From John Long Middle, Green Flames took home the award for FIRST Spirit, for showcasing great sportsmanship and Gracious Professionalism. Teams that advanced to Regionals were Techno Whizards, Patriot Robots, and Terrapins Red. Congratulations to everyone! We had a blast.
We are watching the growth and progress of Coleman Middle School robotics team, Bioharzardous. This team, which has members that have grown up through the old Dale Mabry Destroyers Elementary School team are emerging as one of the veteran FLL teams on the West Coast. Biohazardous combined some practical problem solving and outreach, devising a ‘cat wagon’ for the senior partner they’ve been working with for this year’s Project. She related she was unable to drive her cats to the vet but still wanted to maintain her independence by walking there, if she could. The team members modified a radio flyer and it looks like these cats will be riding in style thanks in part to some good kids with some great GP, who took time out from their Project to reach out! It’s one thing to memorize the FLL Core Values, it’s another thing to actually incorporate them into your everyday interactions.
We had a quite a whirlwind weekend of robotics this past week. With so much excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of such silly things like school and work! Saturday was the big FTC season Kick-Off in Orlando and everyone was so eager to get started, that we met again on Sunday to start strategizing and get the Field Build going. Tossing rings and lifting robots. We were all a little dizzy! But before all that, we took our ‘work-in-progress’ MoonBots Game and went to check-in over at Earthrise Space, Inc. with our favorite Google Lunar X Prize Team, Omega Envoy. It was great to catch up and get an update on their progress. And, we thought we were busy! Ruben and Joe are pretty busy. A lot has changed over there since we visited in June. They are expanding their Lab and work spaces. We got a full tour! We saw the Tilt Table they made for testing the rover — pretty awesome. We also got to see what the “clean room” was like. We got to meet Max, who is new to the Team. Who doesn’t want to work on getting back to the moon? We talked about MoonBots Phase II, the upcoming deadlines, and they gave us some great feedback on our Lunar Landscape. We showed some of our preliminary Game Missions, including our top secret Mission for Marvin. As always, can’t wait to go back!