Since Jonathan has told you about us going to districts from the robot side. I will tell you about the project side. First I would like to explain to you what our project was. Our project was a news broadcast on senior Zebibyte falling off the regular ladder. Then it went to Petabyte who was the news reporter. Then Exabyte started explaining about the new ladder The Yottabyte Cyclops had made. The judges asked questions like “Why did you choose the ladder as something you were going to present to us.” and “How did you come up with the ladder idea?”
Yes! We made it to districts again!
Our robot, project, and core values judging sessions went very well. We got the programming award!
On the first match, I felt very nervous.
We got the chair, but not the garden or the stove. We got the blue quilts, but not the orange or the flag! We missed the medicine, and we didn’t get bowling or the platform! I was mad!
Then, on the second match, I felt more relaxed. I was ready.
We got the chair. Awesome. Garden Run. 50 points. Sweet. Blue quilts. Got the blue quilts but not the flag. Ahhhhhh! No orange quilts or flag! 80 points LOST! Going on to medicine. No! Yotty knocked over the green medicine bottle! No! We tried to run bowling, but we ran out of time. We scored 190 points, our best run.
We were in third place, the fourth, then fifth, then sixth.
Before the third match, I was nervous. We had fixed yellow quilts and flag. We should’ve been fine.
I got ready for the chair. I started the program. WHAT!?!? Yotty missed it! 15 points down the drain! I went to grab the garden implement. Broken! 50 points turned to 0. Blue quilts. Yes! It got the quilts and the flag. Orange quilts. Yes! Success! We did it. Medicine. What! It knocked over the green medicine bottle. Not good. Bowling now. We got 4 pins, one tick on the cardio machine, and the flag. But we realized that we were 2 seconds late! We scored 180 points on that run, and we were hanging on by our fingernails.
We waited, and waited, and waited… and waited.
Finally, they started announcing the awards. When they got to the programming award, we won it! I was surprised!
Then, they moved on to the district invites. Alternate … not us. 6th place … not us! I started fretting. What if we didn’t make it! 5th place … team #256 the Yottabyte Cyclops! That’s us! We made it! Our programming award boosted us up to 5th place! Yes! We did it! Outstanding! Extraordinary! I felt like a million bucks! I was so excited!
That night, I wondered. I wondered how we could score better. On our third run, if not for our mishaps, we should’ve scored 240 points. What could we do? I realized what happened on medicine. FLL had designed new tables with 2.5 in. border height. We had those tables. We built our medicine run for those tables. At the competition, they had the old 3 inch tables. That affected our medicine. We need to make our dog more consistent and its own shorter run. We need to hit the ball game in garden run. Improve medicine run. Make bowling run more consistent. Combine bowling run and platform and improve platform a ton. I hope that we can accomplish these improvements before the next-level competition.
We hope that we do well at districts!
So today we decided that we would write our blog post in our meeting instead of at home. We also completly redisigned the chair run, and I got the impliment for the strength exersise done. We think that it is the hardest thing on the board, because we have bean working on it for about a month. But otherwise it was a great meeting, and who knows? Maybe we will get even more done before the meeting is over.
At our last meeting we added on to our blue quilt run. The thing we added was the chair. We made an axil based arm that would be up and then go down to get the chair.Our red quilt run was successful. We are working on the screen that is closest to our base.
Now on to sponsoring. I sold one kit to Ms.T at school.
This meeting, we worked on the quilt squares! We are able to get both the yellow quilt squares and the blue ones. We have a great strategy for them! Mihir and Sam worked on the chair and the gardening. We got a lot of programming done and we made some great additions! Next I think we will work on the medicine bottles and the strength exercise.
It’s that time of year again. Time for competition. We have finished the field set up kit (it only took us 2 hours this time), and reviewed the challenges. In our most recent meeting we went over what missions we wanted to do. Potentially we have 5 or more runs, and if everything goes right, 555 points. The team has started programming the first run and so for it is going well. We also reviewed the project by talking about what seniors we have in our life and how we can contact them to see what problems they have so we can possibly find a solution to make their lives easier. The missions look complicated but I think we can do it and I greatly look forward to the competition with my team, The Yottabyte Cyclops.
(P.S. Our new team number is 256.)
At our last meeting we presented to Mr.Toles our new middle school math teacher. We showed him some of the programs and how they worked. We filled him in on Fll. We also told him about last year’s competition and how the substances were each worth some points. We showed him the YouTube videos of our competition
Two days ago I sold one kit to my mom’s sister’s family for $40.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That was our team’s first sale!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At the last meeting, our team had little bit of problems. We went upstairs and disscused the robot. Then we said, “let’s try line following”. So we did. We soon discovered that all of our programs don’t work because they were corrupted. So first we check the other computer. Blank! Wait what’s this? Line test? We check, it’s just a prototype and it fails. So, next we think of a billion other things, but they dont work. Finally, we just hope and think there is a backup. Somewhere…
Last week, we were just working on the drop in frame. But then, we made a different kind of attachment style. Instead of dropping him in, you slide this thing beneath the motor, and then secure it using a white 4×2 lego brick. We decided that we could use that, the frame, or even both!
Then this week, we were thinking mostly about the project side of or season. We were thinking about the new challenge this year, Senior Solutions. We came up with a list of topics that had to do with seniors, and we made a list of resources we could use to help us. My dad also told us about an FLL team that was nominated for the Global Innovation Award. Since last year’s theme was Food Factor, their idea was that there should be these special barcodes printed on apples with a special ink. The ink comes off when it’s washed, so then you can tell if your apple has been washed or not! That was a really good idea.
This week we were working on the gear tower. We worked on getting yotty in and out of it easier. We also had to have it a our coach’s office. And we worked on yotty moving with the gear tower, and trying to make Yotty leave and find a line, which were both a success!