A Quick Look at the Numbers

Today we wrapped up the last day of FLL preparations.

On Saturday we will be travelling 26.8 miles to Churchville-Chili Middle School, where our kids will compete in a regional qualifier tournament.

I would like to look back at the season in numbers:

  • 1093.5 hours working on the robot and project.
  • 42 hours (roughly) per kid.
  • 32 meetings. (one meeting cancelled because of large fire in Albion)
  • 26 club members.
  • 6 robots (3 EV3’s, 3 NXT’s).
  • 5 different towns.
  • 4 guest speakers.
  • 3 teams (1071, 1405, 15629).
  • 3 months in a building without heat …
    Month Ave. High Ave. Low
    Sep 73°F 54°F
    Oct 61°F 43°F
    Nov 48°F 34°F

Regardless of the outcome of the competition, we are very proud of the work that the kids achieved.

Posted in FLL

Off and running

Wow! We are off and running with this years FLL Challenge “Natures’ Fury”. The last couple weeks have been crazy. We had to buy 2 new computers (Ugh Windows 8), and get them all setup.

Last year, the Orleans County 4-H Robotics Club had one FLL team (12 kids all together, the two 8-year-olds came to the meetings, but weren’t involved in the project or the robot — but we got them team shirts/hats and they came to the competition as our cheerleaders.) Trying to plan ahead, we pre-registered two FLL teams back in May (Teams 1071 & 1405)..and ordered 2 new Lego EV3 robots and 2 Field Setup kits.

As we enter week 2, we currently have at least 26-committed kids, and perhaps a few others who are trying to determine if our schedule meshes with their own busy lives. While my wife and I rush to register a third team (Team 15629), and try to see if we have the budget to buy a 3rd EV3.

We have managed to get the obstacles built (and a few of them re-built, and re-built again) And we have assembled the first 2 EV3s (and our original 2 NXT robots) into basic rolling bots, so the kids can start attempting the missions.

Next weekend, we will be formally picking teams, names and colors. Which should amp-up the project work, and perhaps start seeing some coopertition.

2013 FLL Season Kickoff

The season is upon us for FIRST Lego League!

We will meet for the first time this year on Saturday, September 7th. We will begin a 1pm with kids meeting with Erik in the Fair office building until 4pm and at 1:15 with parents meeting with Marlene in the Education Center for about a half hour. Please come prepared to complete 4-H membership paperwork (it will ask for insurance information). The fee is $5 per member.

The kids will start some research and finish building the elements of this year’s game.

Lots of information will be distributed and questions answered. New and returning parent(s)/guardian(s) please make every effort to attend this 30-45 minute session. If I have to repeat it several times, I may forget whom I told what. :) I will also ask, if you have a question that can be asked at the meeting, please write it down and bring it with you.

The build season will start the following week with sessions on Monday and Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00 at the fair office. I include this information just in case it is absolutely not possible for someone to attend on the 7th.

If you would like to take an early look at what the theme and challenge are for this year, please go to the following link:

http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2013naturesfury

Returning parents: there will be some changes from last year… please come!

This is the “younger half” of the Orleans County 4-H robotics club. To join you must be at least 8 years old by 1/1/14. (Anyone entering 9th grade this September will move up to our FRC team) FLL team make up will be explained at the meeting.

We look forward to seeing everyone and having another championship season!!!

2013 FLL Challenge

Nature's Fury As we enter the summer, our younger Robotics Club members are gearing up for this fall’s First Lego League (FLL) Challenge “Nature’s Fury”.

This year, we’ve registered 2 FLL teams. Team 1071 and 1405. Each team will consist of up to 10 4-Hers (under the age of 14). During NATURE’S FURY teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. In addition each team will develop a unique project to solve a real ­world problem.

If you have questions, or would like to find out more, please contact us. (E-Mail to “robotics” at “wiksclan.com”)

Last Chance Before Kickoff

[ NOTE: Date changed to Wednesday Jan 2nd ]

Don’t forget, we’re having our last meeting before the FRC Season kick-off on Wednesday January 2nd at 7:00-8:30pm. The meeting will be at the Cooperative Extension office on the county fairgrounds.

If you are high-school aged (14 to 18) in any of the Orleans County School districts, and are interested in participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition season (Starting January 5th through March 2nd). Please plan on attending this meeting.

IF students have not registered, please visit https://my.usfirst.org/stims/site.lasso and sign up as a team member TODAY!

Parents: When your children apply to the team, you will receive an email from STIMS to activate your account. You will then be able to complete your student’s FIRST Consent & Release Form. This NEEDS to be done before next week.

Posted in FRC

FLL Qualifyer Results


Congratulations to our 4-H FLL team, which won the Robot Design Award at the Churchville-Chili qualifying tournament. In addition, they won a spot at the Championship Tournament on December 9th at the University of Rochester.

The kids also made the front page of the Medina Journal on November 15th. You can check that out Here

FRC Safety Animation Contest

Anyone who is interested, the FRC 2013 “Safty Animation” contest has started, and entries are due by the middle of December. Anyone interested in participating can find information here:

2013 Safety Animation Contest: 2013 Safety Animation contest details are now available: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/safety-video-and-manual. The submission portal in STIMS opens today, 10/11/12 at 12 pm ET and will remain open until Friday, 12/13/12 at 12 pm ET.

Posted in FRC

FRC Reorganization meeting

The first meeting of the FRC Season (for Students Grades 9-12) is in a couple weeks.

This meeting will be for all returning members and anyone interested in joining us for 2012-2013 Season. ADULTS (mentors old and new) and STUDENTS (Grades 9-12) are invited.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND 7:00PM – 9:00PM

At the Orleans County Fairgrounds. In the FAIR OFFICE BUILDING or the EDUCATION CENTER (TBA)