On Saturday, Nov. 16 (2013) a great group of kids, coaches, and mentors gathered at Frontier Middle School’s Tech Shop for an amazing morning of creativity and fun involving robots, FLL, and FTC. Some came seeking help, some offered help, most did both. Some were rookies and some had been in FIRST for many years. Everyone had a good time.
I’ve been helping run FLL workshops since 2004’s Mission to Mars. That was back in the South Bronx of NYC and when I moved to Western Washington and joined a very pro-FLL school district, I saw the need to start them again. We have a lot of rookie teams, especially at the elementary level and they all need help with FLL at some point. More importantly, everyone gets a chance to share and celebrate their work and their discoveries. This is in keeping with FLL’s Core Values. As you can see in the video embedded below, the kids had a really great time showing what they’ve accomplished or what they’re working on.
This next video shows a student who follows her own vision when building a robot. I don’t think I’ve seen a wheel-less robot attempt an FLL mission before.
Here’s some pics of all the happy little engineers at work:
In the back row of this pic, standing on the right is Brandyn Bayes,
a senior at Graham Kapowsin who is the captain of their FRC team, Phi Rho Techs. He has been involved with FLL, FTC, and FRC for 5 years now and graciously lends out his time to help others as you can see here.
Missing from these pics are my FLL teams from Frontier Middle School: Robotic Falcons, Ancient Mechanics, and Robo Minions or Something Else. They were so busy helping me out I never got a chance to snap their pic! And to round it out we had another FTC coach from Sumner attend, as well as two librarians from Pierce County Library system who are trying to start their own robotics’ program.