Monthly Archives: January 2014


As a team, we base our decisions using the engineering design process as a model.  We discuss, chart, analyze and review ideas as well as pros and cons for each of these ideas.  All ideas are heard and discussed as we feel that everyone’s thoughts are valued.

Then using logic and what makes sense for the team, we communicate and make those decisions together rather than through individual votes. This thinking and decision making process helps us to decide which team name to use this year, the team logo design, robot game strategy, robot design, jobs we have during meetings and events, and the direction of the project and team.  Through this process, we become more independent and are able to solve problems more efficiently as the season progresses.

In deciding a team name, we wrote down pros and cons for keeping the same team name used during the FLL “Senior Solutions” season.   We chose to keep “ROBOLUTION” for several reasons.  First, we all like the name.  Second, we feel it is descriptive of what we want to achieve:   “Through robotics, we will make a revolution in STEM.”   Third, the team name is known in the community both locally and globally.  Also, it is easier for marketing, and we don’t need to change the team website and therefore, save time.

To create this year’s team logo design, we chose to keep the basics of the design from last year’s logo but incorporated new ideas.  We kept the design for the team name and the large gear which encircles the name.  We also kept the flag idea but changed it to six flags to show we have six members.  Like last year, we thought at least one robot would be useful to show that we are a robotics team.  The robot holding the brain in the team logo design below is to show that “through robotics, we solve problems.”

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Click on this file to see a higher resolution version used for the shirt:  ROBOLUTION 2013-14 – LOGO – Gold (Revised).


We used a logical reasoning process to decide our team logo design for this year.

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As part of the FLL “Nature’s Fury” Challenge, we are challenged to conduct a research project which involves these steps:

  • choose a community where a natural event could cause a natural disaster (city, village, town, county, district, a place where we live or where someone we know was or can be affected by a natural disaster, or a place affected by a natural disaster which was reported in the news)
  • choose a natural event that can become a natural disaster
  • study how communities prepare for and stay safe during a natural disaster and also rebuild the community after a natural disaster happens
  • study the problems associated with the natural disaster
  • choose a problem related to the natural disaster
  • come up with an innovative solution to the problem
  • talk to experts as primary sources of information
  • share our findings including our solution to the community

We learned that a natural disaster is a natural event that causes damage.  Examples of natural events that can become a natural disaster include earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, wildfires, storms (rain, snow, sleet, ice, sand, wind, blizzards), hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, avalanches, land slides, floods, and volcanic eruptions.

Please, go to our NATURE’S FURY PROJECT tab to read about what we’ve learned about natural disasters.


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FLL Logo hi resAfter taking some time off during the late summer, we are back as ROBOLUTION, the 2013-14 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) “Nature’s Fury” robotics team.  This is our second year as the FLL team, “ROBOLUTION.”

This school year, ROBOLUTION decided to re-think its team format and goals but still focus on inspiring the community.  As a late-start team, we chose to use a club format while incorporating the FLL model.  That is, while we participate in completing the FLL Challenge, we also include robot enrichment projects that are not part of the FLL Challenge, continue to grow in our knowledge of the robot design process and also learn how to use the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (EV for EVOLUTION) platform.

This year, ROBOLUTION is still made up of six students, half males and half females.   Our grades range from fifth grade to seventh grade.  We are a culturally diverse team made up of various international backgrounds including Vietnamese, Indian, Ukranian, Japanese, Filipino, and Lebanese.  Each of us has at least one year of FLL experience, so we capitalize on our veteran experience by being more independent in decision making, team work and problem solving.  Each of us bring a unique aspect, skill and talent to the team which makes the team both interesting and strong.

The FLL theme this year is natural disasters, where FLL teams from around the world are challenged to study natural disasters and to come up with an innovative solution to a problem related to a specific natural disaster.   Like other FLL teams, ROBOLUTION will learn how to prepare for and stay safe during a natural disaster and also learn how communities rebuild after a natural disaster happens.  Are you ready for the FLL “Nature’s Fury” Challenge?  ROBOLUTION IS!IMG_1511

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