TechBrick Events and Happenings for 2013-14
Maryland FLL Qualifier, Dec 7, 2013, at SURVICE Engineering
A bunch of the volunteers worked on Friday from 3-9 to setup the facility and get everything ready. We had to rent a truck to haul all the stuff we collected from a number of locations. It served as a perfect billboard.
And we had a very clever first aid station sign.
All the teams spend about half their day in the pit area practicing, fixing, rehearsing, talking other teams, and doing judges interviews.
It's a great place to get a feel for the challenge and at qualifiers we invite parents and guest to visit the teams and ask them lots of questions.
During the judging sessions in the morning the teams are given up to 20 minute on the actual competition tables.
This gives them a chance to try their 'bot on the real tables and it gives the refs, table reset crew, and timers and scorers a chance to practice.
Throughout the morning teams will visit three judging rooms:
- Core Values: The teams are given an exercise to see how well the work together to solve a challenge.
- Robot Design: The teams take their robots and programs to key technical judges who ask them questions about their design and code.
- Research Project: The teams present their research on the annual topic.
These interviews form the ranking that makes up much of the final award decisions.
During the opening ceremony we introduce all the teams to the audience with a rousing entry.
Then we introduced special guests and visitors. We were quite pleased to have Mr. Jyuji Hewitt, Deputy Director of the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and his associate, Louie Lopez, who together oversee much of the STEM outreach at Aberdeen Proving Ground. In addition we heard from Jenny Beatty and Bill Duncan who handle almost all the coordination of US FIRST team in Maryland.
Then it's off to the robots...
The first part of the afternoon are the competitive table rounds. Teams face-off against each other on two tables for the shortest 2.5 minutes of their life.
There are thrills, spills, tumbles, and huge successes. Cheering, leaping, screaming and high fives go on for almost two hours.
In the end just one team has the highest score and Robot Performance Award.
Formal team shots in front of the SURVICE banner.
Take a look at the creative shirts and logos.
The closing ceremony is short and to the point. Seven awards and two golden tickets to States. We also had the winning project presentation team present their project to the entire audience. This is the second year we've done this and it was big hit.
We also demonstrated our cool quadcopter hat (see below). The QuadCopter we used (and gave away) is the Helix X4 Stunt Copter by AirHog. It is affordable, safe, and durable.
And here are our six award winners and two golden tickets.
- Project Presentation: Hyper Disasters FLL12680
- Project Research: WIZBOTS FLL 8574
- Robot Mechanical Design: HERO-BOTS FLL 12134
- Robot Programming: Harbor Wave Havoc FLL 15
- Core Values Teamwork: Building Bluejays FLL 4156
- Robot Performance: PandaMonium FLL 5706
- First Golden Ticket to States: Hyper Disasters FLL12680
- Championís Award and Second Golden Ticket to States: Brainstorms FLL 10051
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