Events: April 23-26: World Championships in St. Louis
April 23-26 three of our teams headed to St. Louis for the US FIRST World Championships. For four days we mingled with about 12,000 kids from 51 countries aggregately displaying a dizzying array of technology solutions to the various challenges. Our teams did well and continued to learn new lessons and reinforce lessons learned throughout the season. There were leaders from every major corporation and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke to all the teams and played basketball against an FRC bot. Dozens of colleges vied for the attention of the students. Industry leaders from a wide range of technology disciplines had full trade show booths setup.
More than 20,000 people jammed the stands to watch the final rounds. Click on the panorama for a really big version...
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Our teams posing with the "Arch"
FTC 7 waits for their next round with their coalition partners.
Danielle continues to amuse the audience with the sheep!
FTC 3941 welcomed a number of judges and inspectors.
Many of this years FTC bots could lift crates well over 12 feet. Yikes!
The FLL students visited the pits throughout the day. Danielle shares her experience with FTC.
Our enthusiastic team cheers from the stands with Sophie's number cards.
Kevin and Sam handed out more than 1000 TechBrick Rulers to all the FLL teams.
Our JrFLL team, the Hutchin's Snackers (Tommy, Lizzie, and their mentor, Maria) joined about 100 other teams from around the world.
Our JrFLL team met other teams from around the world.
Kareem addresses the combined teams at the opening ceremonies.
Buttons and more buttons. All the teams shared buttons with each other significantly weighing down many students.
Our JrFLL team, the Hutchkins Snackers, had a great time meeting teams from all over the world.
Mark Hoppel, one of our FTC/FRC members, ran an encryption contest. A member of FTC 154 won a custom shirt and scarf.
Our FRC team did better and better as the days went on. They ended with four great rounds in which they were the significant scoring bot.