Kyoungjoo, grade 6
The rest of my team goes to NRP (Norma Rose Point), but I go to General Gordon Elementary School and attend the French Immersion Program.
I will talk about the British Columbia First Lego League (BC FLL), how we prepared for the Championship, and how our team did. The Championship was held on February 03, 2018. There were lots of teams all from the different places in BC, and we challenged each other. How did I feel? I actually felt great, because this was my second time participating in the BC FLL Championship.
Early in the morning, before the robot runs, we had our Project, Core Values and Robot Design Presentations. They went pretty well, but everything went downhill on our first robot game. Somehow, our robot stopped moving after a few cm. Since this was the first time our robot ever failed, everybody was shocked and speechless. Some of the team members started crying. We found out that one of the cables wasn’t put in properly. Our second run was a disaster, too. This time, one of the robot’s sensors was malfunctioning! By this time I was feeling utterly hopeless. To my surprise, ...
David, Forces of Atlantis team member (Grade 6)
Today, Lulu and I started on the modifications for our Mindstorms EV3 robot suit. Previously, it kept falling apart when transported and took up too much space, so Lulu and I began making major changes on it. Elijah had many ideas to contribute and he sketched right away a building plan. At the same time, Kevin and Iokasti, began perfecting one of their previous missions by making a new attachment for it.
To give the team “energy” after the long, hard school day, my Dad brought everyone cinnamon buns and cookies! Even though we worked very hard today and did not get distracted, we still have a lot of work left to do.
Lulu Golland - Forces of Atlantis Team Member (Gr. 8)
When we won first place in the FIRST LEGO League Lower Mainland Tournament in N. Surrey last December, we were shocked. There are three components to the Competition: Core Values, Project, and Robot Game. Of these we knew that we had done well with our Project presentation and we also knew that we had captured the essence of the FLL Core Values. However, we also knew that definitely we could have done better in our Robot Game. So we were surprised when we won first place, since there we were not the top score on the Robot Game.
We were very busy in the months leading up to the regional tournament. The first couple of weeks we were quite chilled, building our robot, figuring out the mat, listening to music (mostly the soundtrack for the musical Hamilton), and having fun. We built a robot which had many components called attachments. These attachments are meant for doing multiple missions on the robot game mat all at the same time with ease. Then we figured out our strategy for which missions to focus on, and went on to spend the next several weeks programming our robot and debugging through trial and error. As the deadline approached things got a bit more serious. By this time we had to get work done on our project and create the content for Core Values poster. Also our team decided to participate in the FLL Song Parody Challenge, so we wrote lyrics to the tune of three songs from the musical Hamilton (Cabinet Battle #1, The Ten Duel Commandments, and The Battle of Yorktown). We incorporated our Song Parody into our Project presentation at the competition later on.
The Lower Mainland Tournament in December was a fun and exciting experience, but it was not the end of our journey, as there was more excitement in the months to come.
About our team:
We are FIRST LEGO League Team # 33968, a.k.a. Forces of Atlantis, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We will be representing Canada at the FLL Open International Event in June 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia with over 100 teams from all over the world!
Norma Rose Point Elementary School (Vancouver School Board)