|Team gathered to discuss agenda|
|Just practice teams, not official teams (only 9 out of 12 members present)|
|Teams learning parts and terminology through a scavenger hunt type activity|
|Learning about some programming|
|Testing to see if the robot can travel in a straight line|
|Adding the black tape line the robot must follow to the finished course|
From the beginning Evan's sub team was working really well together. There were four jobs that needed to be done on a team: builder, programmer, recorder/note taker, and tester. It took a couple of weeks but we finally figured out who would be best for what job. But, several weeks ago that all changed with two of our team members. Evan's team was 2 boys and 2 girls. The two girls are the ones who ended up giving us the most trouble and the most drama. What stinks, is one of these girls had WSU robotic challenge experience from participating on another team the last 2 years. She was excited to share her knowledge, and so was her mom, but when they weren't getting their way about things, the mom decided she was not going to help us any more by giving us tips and teaching the kids how to develop team spirit, and I think the mom's attitude transferred onto her daughter. A few weeks ago Roger and I were getting no participation, emotion, reaction from either of the girls. They were not wanting to help in any way and so Evan was picking up all of the slack that needed to be done. The other boy was trying to help in any way that he could, but just wasn't as knowledgeable with these things as Evan. Evan asked politely for help from the girls but the were just stonewalling him. He became so frustrated that he ended up in tears. Roger and I took our sub team into another room and talked to them about working as a team and all we got was dead silence. We talked with the moms about what was going on, and they made their daughters help, but you could tell the girls were doing so under duress.
|A happy team|
|A silly team|
So, yesterday was competition day. Evan was so excited! We dropped Lauren off at her friend's house whose brother was also on the team, so we picked him up and took him to WSU. Lauren rejoined us at 3:30. We arrived a little after 8 a.m. Doors to the gymnasium we would be competing in opened at 8:30. We filed inside, found our designated table and began testing and programming. There was also a table that we had to set up a display on including a notebook that showed samples of our progression as a team complete with worksheets, notes, and pictures. Besides the course racing, table display, and judges walking around scoring our team spirit, the students also had to do an oral presentation in a room with judges. They did a power point presentation where two members from each sub team spoke about challenges they had to overcome learning how to design and program their robots for their respective courses. The students had practiced all of this the night before and Evan was one of the chosen speakers for our sub team. After the official presentation the judges asked any questions they wanted to and any of the kids could answer. Only 3 coaches were allowed to go in. I was one of them, but at the last minute Evan wanted Roger in there so he went in with the group. All of the coaches came out of the room with positive things to say about how the kids did.
|Our team was One Brick (the main brain of a Lego robot is called a brick) and our motto was "to rule them all"--reference to Lord of the Rings. Kids chose name, motto, and color and design of team shirt.|
|Nobody noticed until later on in the day that there was 1 too many "r"s in our last name on this cool name tag|
|Our sub team in front of our table display|
|Our team huddle about to filmed on WSU tv|
|Erlene being interviewed on WSU tv|
|Getting down to business|
|One of our sub teams being interviews on WSU tv|
|Team practicing presentation in the hallway|
|I was taking pics through the window in the door of the presentation room|
|Evan giving his part of the presentation using power point slides|
|The sub team's course that was successful with 1000 points--spider from Lord of the Rings books|
|Evan and WSU grad student Mr. Gilmore trying to figure out the programming|
Competition allows the teams to have as many practice runs with their robots as they want throughout the day, but they only get two official runs to earn the maximum number of points. Competition ends at 4:00 so we began our official runs at 3:30. The first run our robot got down the first ramp but then lost it's way. the second run, it got down the first ramp and made it all the way to the first wall and back to the first ramp. Each turn it made and when the robot passed certain points is what gave us points. We tried our best. At 4:00 the teams needed to clean up and at 5:00 had to be in a different building for the awards ceremony. We unfortunately didn't win anything, but I am so proud of the kids who gave it their all and tried their very best to work as a team, and learn how to design and program robots. I am looking forward to taking all of the knowledge we've gained this year and making better changes for next year. Most of all, I am proud of my son. This was all a new experience for him, but he had determination, passion, drive, energy, tried his very best to help his team work smoothly, showed his ingenuity and ability, and creativity with working with Legos, and came out of his comfort zone of speaking in front of others during the presentation. My heart is full with how well he did.
|Team One Brick 2013|