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, ...
... our third and final run went great. We didn’t get all the missions done that we planned, but our team got a decent score.
After the Robot Games were finished, the organizers were going to announce the trophies during the closing ceremonies. Our team didn’t really hope to get a trophy, but we did! We received the Gracious Professionalism Award, which is about teamwork and showing respect to others. When we won the award, the judges explained why it was given to us. The reason was that on our first and second robot runs, when everything went wrong, none of us blamed each other. Instead, we helped each other out and we gave each other comfort. So, that was pretty cool.
After the competition, we went to Dairy Queen for a celebration. While we were enjoying our frozen treats, our coaches announced that we were chosen to go to Tallinn, Estonia for the FLL Open International Competition. Everybody was excited. The reason for this was because we won the first place at the BC Lower Mainland Championship which was held on December 03, 2017.
Estonia is a country in Northern Europe, and its capital is Tallinn. Estonia is celebrating their 100th anniversary, so they are hosting the FLL Open International with 100 teams from more than 80 countries, to celebrate STEM, Robotics and old Estonia traditions. The Forces of Atlantis is honored to be invited to represent Canada along with other 3 teams.
Since we needed a lot of money for the plane fare and accommodation, we decided to fundraise for the cost. Our goal for the fundraising is $15,000. So, one of our team members, named Lulu, and our coach, Ana, made a website for an online fundraising (www.gofundme.com/forcesofatlantis). Our team will also do bake sales and other types of fundraising like day camps for robotics and door to door fundraising.
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)