An FLL season is full of exciting activities such as field trips, public speaking opportunities and community outreach events. The highlight of Robolution’s season was the LEGOLAND FLL Championship Tournament held on December 1, 2012. Similar to the format of the qualifying tournaments in that teams would be judged on robot design, research project, Core Values, and three rounds of the robot game, this time Robolution was scheduled to compete against 55 other teams.
The atmosphere at LEGOLAND was electric. Teams arrived early to set up their pits, then it was off to the judges. The rounds of the robot game were held up on a big stage, and we felt like rock stars. Although it was busy, the morning went smoothly because we were prepared and relaxed. At a lunchtime ceremony, teams that had won their qualifying tournaments were recognized, and at this time, callbacks were also announced. Robolution received callbacks in two out of three possible categories – research project and Core Values. We made a few minor adjustments to our strategy and presentations, and set off to present to yet another panel of judges.
With just a little time left in the afternoon, we managed to fit in some roller coasters at the park. It felt great to let loose on Project X Technic Test Track! As night fell, everyone gathered to find out the results of the day. What great news to hear that Robolution won the Research Award for their project solution. There were so many fantastic teams with lots of spirit and truly innovative solutions. Meeting kids from all over southern California who are also interested in FIRST and STEM was amazing, and Robolution was proud to be part of that inspiring event.