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)