Ana Golland (Coach), Kyoungjoo Chae (Grade 6), Kevin Liu (Grade 6)
The last two weeks in March were quite eventful for the Forces of Atlantis. Despite it being Spring Break, the team met almost every day to work on upgrading their robot design. The team had their fair share of trouble moving their robot and its attachments to Victoria last February, but travelling with it to Estonia is a different challenge altogether. So they've spent a chunk of time re-build their massive driving structure in a way that can be taken apart easily and be (somewhat) safely transported. They also spent some time fundraising and sharing their story with the community in various ways. Read on to find out what they have to say about that they've done so far.
Robot Design upgrades (Kyoungjoo):
"So far, our robot has been going well for robot game missions. We only need to program and add some minor adjustments to some of the attachment hats we have been working on. Our team decided to try doing all the missions in four runs in 2.5 minutes. We have a massive attachment that our robot pushes to do some parts of the right side of the robot game table. The missions on the right side of the table are fountain, toilet, flower, slingshot, and faucet. This is all for the 1st run. On the 2 nd run, the robot will do the whole bottom left corner which includes flow, filter, pump addition, and rain. After the 2nd run, we will do the pipe replacement, tripod, pipe removal, and one of the manhole covers. Finally, we will finish with a fire truck, well, pipe construction, and the second manhole cover. Our team may not finish all of these missions in 2.5 minutes, but we will give it our best, and will get a fairly big amount of points while trying."
Fundraising Efforts (Kevin):
"This week and last week, our team decided to use a new method to fundraise – Going door to door and asking for donations. The first day when we tried it out, our team was split into two groups. One team did the door-door fundraising in an apartment, while the other did it in a neighbourhood.
The first day of going door to door the temperature was freezing-cold, and it was pouring rain. The group I was in (neighbourhood), went from door to door and sold Easter eggs. It was not very easy. At the end of the day, our two groups raised almost $400. We explained how we were 1 of 100 teams invited to go to Estonia to represent Canada. After our short spiel, neighbours donated. We went back to fundraise again a few days later, a people were very generous. Some people asked us questions about our robot.
While the door to door fundraising was going on, some of our team members also took turns going to HR MacMillan Space Centre. We had the fortunate opportunity of being invited to set up a Lego robotics activity centre that featured a space theme, and we helped kids program the robots to do various “missions”, such as “Rocket Blast Off”. The goal of the mission “Rocket Blast Off” was to program the robot to hit a circular pad, which sent the rocket flying towards the other half of the table which represented Mars. We are grateful to the people who donated their spare change there.
It felt good to tell people about us and what we do."
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)