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Supporting CHS FTC Teams Bambusa, Buffalo Wings and other FTC Teams

Fast-paced action, intense competition, roaring crowds – think these words describe the latest Lakers game?  Actually, we experienced all these things and more when Robolution attended the San Diego Regional FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Championship Tournament held on February 23, 2013 at Madison High School in San Diego.  Robolution got a glimpse of life as an FTC team when they attended the event to support Carlsbad High School FTC teams Bambusa and Buffalo Wings.  Not only was it exciting to cheer on these talented teams, but it was also inspiring to watch Bambusa and Buffalo Wings in action because they have served as mentors for many robotics clubs and FLL teams in the area.  Robolution was lucky to get an up-close look at the robots in the team pits, and was amazed to discover that Xbox controllers were used to maneuver the robots through the FTC Robot Game “Ring It Up.”  To score points, the robots were competing against each other to retrieve and place rings in designated areas.  However, the format of the tournament involved teams pairing up in alliances and, often, more points could be earned by working together.   The FIRST Core Values were put into action with all teams displaying Gracious Professionalism, Coopertition and, above all, having FUN!

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FLL Qualifying Tournament – San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas

On November 4, 2012, Robolution attended an FLL Qualifying Tournament at San Dieguito Academy.  That morning the team was excited and, to be honest, a little nervous.  After months of practice and preparation, this was the first time that Robolution would be presenting to real judges and competing against other teams.  The day’s schedule included robot judging, project judging, Core Values judging, and three rounds of the robot game.

Our coach, mentors, families and friends were there to support us, but we knew that it was time for us to do this on our own and we felt ready.  After each presentation, our confidence grew.  The life skills we had been practicing, such as public speaking, problem solving and critical thinking, helped us do our best.  The robot game was very exciting.  Each round was two and a half minutes long, and that time flew by.  With pompoms and placards, our teammates cheered us on.

After a morning of hard work, it was time to have fun.  The emcees of the event told jokes, played great music, and everyone danced “Gangnam Style.”  The big finale of the day was the awards ceremony.  Teams won awards in the categories of robot design, research project, Core Values and robot game.  To our great surprise, Robolution’s name was announced last as the winner of the Champion’s Award, presented to the team with the highest overall score.  We went wild!  It felt great that we worked together as a team to achieve our goals, and most of all, we had fun doing it.

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FLL Championship Tournament – LEGOLAND

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.

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