Brrr…

Aside

With the current temperature at the Onion Warehouse a brisk 42 degrees, it’s nice to spend the winter at the Education Center, at the county fairgrounds.
Brrrr

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!!!

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)

September FLL meetings

Mark your calendars now…. FLL meetings will be held at the fair office building on the Orleans County Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, September 26th – 6:30-8:00pm (Forms for Parents to sign – please stay)
AND
Saturday, September 29th – 10:00 until Noon — Field Set Up – Obstacle building Meeting.

New members (4th to 8th graders) are welcome to come and see what our First Lego League team will be working on.

Orleans County Robotics Calendar

We’ve wrapped up our first FRC season, but still have a number of activities for the rest of the year.

You can see upcoming events on the right-hand side of this screen, but perhaps you’d like to add the calendar to your phone (Android or iPhone).

here is the link to the “ICS” format calendar:

http://lego.wiksclan.com/calendar.ics

Instructions for adding the calendar to an iPhone.

Android phones should be able to “subscribe” to our calendar from your google calendar (under “other calendars” on the left hand side of the screen, select “add by URL”, and enter the URL: http://lego.wiksclan.com/calendar.ics )