This years FLL Challenge

As mentioned at Wednesday’s meeting, here is a link to the FLL challenge PDF file: FLL 2012 Rules

you can also find additional information on the
2012 Senior Solutions page.

FRC Meeting Info

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.


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

FLL Meeting Info

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)
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.

FLL FRC Meeting Info Updates

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:

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: )


Where Did Time Go?

I just realized that my last post to this site was January 9th.  Two days after Kick-Off.  Today, it is One WEEK past stop build day.  All I can really think of is WOW!  I am wowed, amazed, flabergasted and completely impressed that a group of boys that did not know each other two or three months ago, became a real TEAM and created a working robot, that will, in fact, accomplish the challenge laid out for them 6 or so weeks ago.  Rookie Team 4093’s robot, sits in its bag at the build site, taunting us.  It will not come out to play until practice day, March 8th!

Plans are taking shape for next year, brainstorming for new sponsors (how about you?) and fundraising opportunities has already begun.  The team is growing by leaps and bounds, mentors needed (how about you?).

We invite you to come and see us at competition March 9th and 10th.  It is free and open to the public.  You will be completely hooked!

Let’s GO!


Community Service FRC

Penfield Team Wins Award

Penfield’s “Rolling Thunder” team wins a community service award

Rochester D&C

FRC Updates


And though “slacker” is often considered an insult or an accusation, some
choose to reclaim the term as a sign of creativity and resourcefulness.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, a slacker is “a person who shirks work or obligation.” But lest we allow Webster’s to be the be-all and end-all of the English language, has a different definition; “a person who chooses the path of least resistance.”  More, “a slacker is someone who, while being intelligent, doesn’t really
feel like doing anything.” And even, “a nice person to chill with.” Slackers, it’s clear, have a knack for inertia and a way with “nothingness.”

…The term then resurfaced in the early ’90s as a way of branding those who willfully
eluded work or school. Slackers became the “loadies” of “Clueless,” the stoners of Harold and Kumar,” and the Jacks of the “Will and Grace” set. While there are several forms of slackerdom, the common ground is a commitment to willfully disregarding societal conventions and living life free of the constraints of consumerism and corporate America.

Sarah Dunn, author of the “Official Slacker Handbook,” notes that, “a lot has been said
about the slacker’s trademark indolence, but the point must be made that deliberately opting out of socially-recognized forms of activity isn’t the same thing as stumbling into inaction.” In other words, Dunn argues, slacking off isn’t just laziness–it’s pointed laziness with a philosophical basis.

These days, some of our most famous thinkers would be considered slackers. After all, Thoreau lived comfortably at Walden while only working six weeks a year and Descartes devised Cartesian geometry while hanging around the streets of Holland.



Revised from information found at:



FRC Updates


Just over 111 days ago, I knew very little about the FIRST FRC program.  Now in just 11 days it is KICK-OFF for “Joe’s Average Slackers” – Orleans County’s premier robot building team.  The rookie FIRST team 4093!

Over the last few months we have researched the web, drawn from the expertise of regional reps, gotten lucky, and worked hard to build a team of HS aged students and Adult mentors that are about to embark on a challenge in which they will discover the varying degrees of success.  No matter the outcome of the competition, we already have a team of winners!

There is a lot of work to do over the next 8 weeks.  I wish you all the best as you conquer the challenge.  I am proud to work with all of you already!



Holiday Faire

Some of our young FLL team members helped man the Robotics Club booth at Holiday Faire

Holiday Faire

In addition to sharing information about both the FLL and FRC teams, the kids helped other youngsters build little robot cars projects (made from a wooden spool, rubber band, and pencils.)

thanks everyone


Genesee County Aces Robotics Team Takes First Place!

Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H “Genesee County Aces Robotics Team” for finishing first in this weekend’s First Lego League Buffalo qualifying tournament:

they will go on to compete in the regional final in December.