- Community Schools
This is the 2nd year Lyons has had two teams go to the Regional First Lego League competition. 2017 had three teams registered with 5 members on each team. Two of the teams elected to go to the regional competition in Fort Collins, The Hydras and The Brain Drops.
They all put in significant efforts, many not just meeting every week for 1.5 hours since the 2nd week of school, but stepping up to meet 2 times a week for several months, and even moving up to 3 and 4 times a week for 2 hours as the event approached!
This years theme was Hydrodynamics, related to parts of the human water cycle.
The competition consisted of 3 parts:
During the judging, the teams need to present to the judges. For the Hydras’ this included a skit inspired by Captain Underpants (Plumber man) as well as a poster explaining their problem, research, and solution.
Each mission was worth a set number of points if the precise goal was obtained. For exampling, turning a lever until a water barrel fell, or pushing a button in until a latched dropped. The game consists of 3 scored rounds, with the highest score being used for ranking.
Each team set specific goals at the beginning of the season. The Brain Drops had set a goal of completing 1 mission, and the Hydras wanted to complete 4 missions. Each team achieved their goal! Out of the 44 teams that were there, the Hydras placed 12th with 4 missions accomplished for a score of 95 points. The top 10 teams went on to state competition with a golden ticket, and the score also included the project score, core values score and robot design score. They don’t share how each team faired in that part of the competition relative to each other. Also the age range of teams go from 4th grade through 8th grade, so quite a huge variation!
All the kids worked so hard throughout the season! I know each child gave their very best, and I am super proud at how hard each of them worked. I hope they all choose to continue on as the skills build year after year! I know I as a coach have learned so much from last year, and even more this year!
I am so proud of all the kids!
On the other side, the kids did have a tough time, when they give every last bit that they have, but that effort isn’t recognized by an award or trophy at the competition. I really could use some help to figure out a way to recognize all the kids during our final meeting on Dec. 5th! We will also be organizing the kits on that day, so hopefully at least one parent from each child in the 4th-5th robotics can join us for doing that task. It’s super important to maintain our investment in these robotic kits!