CHS Robotics’ two FLL teams competed in a competition hosted by Cupertino High School for the first time; FLL 25523 Tino Lawson qualified for regionals.
Under the leadership of FTC and FRC members, students from Lawson and Hyde middle schools were brought together into two FLL teams to participate in last year’s FLL challenge, Animal Allies. In addition to performing certain animal-oriented goals, the teams had to give presentations on FIRST values. For most of these kids, FLL acted as their first exposure to STEM activities and served to introduce them to the greater STEM world.
This year the FIRST Lego League challenge is called hydrodynamics and is based around water. Teams complete missions that are related, but not limited to, the use, filtration and disposal of water. In addition to building a robot, they must also work on a project that is related to the way people find, transport, use, and dispose of water. The teams must do all of this while demonstrating that they can work well as a team and respect the core values of FIRST. Along with this, a new FLL team was created this year due to our growing numbers.
This season, meetings began prior to the release of the game. This helped the teams bond and learn how to work together. After the release of the game, the teams first understood the game then began defining their requirements of their robot. Meanwhile, they also start brainstorming ideas for their project. The design process is long and tedious, but the hardest part is beginning. No matter what, we are all excited for a great season ahead, and we're sure that all 3 teams will make a splash with their ideas and motivation!
From July 22 to August 5 2017, Cupertino High School Robotics conducted a three-day workshop for 5 hours each, to teach middle school children from around the Bay Area about lego robotics. Each session was split into four hour-long stations, each one focusing on a different aspect of FLL — hardware, software, project, and team. The workshop ended with a mini competition on the last day, with FRC mentors and alumni as judges.
The workshop was planned around Animal Allies — the FLL competition from the previous season — and the goal was to have each team create and code a robot that could complete the shark mission, as well as a project pertaining to an environmental problem affecting animals. There were also a few additional challenges added to the mix, including creating a small robot and programming it to climb a ramp. By the end of the workshop, all of the children had learned the basic parts that make up an FLL team, and at the same time, had developed lifelong team skills.
FLL Summer Workshops Kids got to learn the basics of FLL hardware and software as well as bond with each other over the course of these workshops