Monday, March 28, 2016

Robotics Update: Mother Nature and Onto FLL

Mother Nature has gotten the best of us lately! Arrg! The most frustrating thing about cancellations is that it slows down any momentum that we had going with our robots. We don’t always remember what we’re coming back to when it’s two weeks later!  I have decided that I will be extending robotics club beyond the April break to make up for the two sessions we have lost. Those will happen on April 25 and May 2, at the usual time.

I’m also excited to announce an exciting new opportunity for students that will begin right after robotics club ends! As many of you know, I also coach two FIRST LEGO League teams; this program takes many of the things that we learn in robotics club to a whole new level. Our season doesn’t begin in full until August, but now is a good time to begin recruiting new students to join our teams. One way that I do that is by holding spring practices; while they don’t encompass the full breadth of the FLL experience, they do give students a taste of what being on a team looks like. I will introduce them to the three core elements of LEGO League, show them around the challenge table, and even challenge them to work on a robot to complete some challenges! They can even take the robots that they are working on now and modify them to try their hands at it!

Spring practices will begin on May 9 (the Monday after robotics club ends) and run about the same time (they’ll actually run until about 5, so students from other schools can attend, but they’ll be able to take the 4:30 bus home if they need to). We’ll have three practices in total, up until May 23rd (the Monday before Memorial Day). There will also be an Open House on May 9th, from 5 to 5:30 or so, so that I can introduce you, the parents, to LEGO League and what it means to be an FLL parent.

So, to recap:
  • Last day for Robotics Club is now May 2nd
  • Spring practices for FIRST LEGO League begin May 9th and run Mondays until May 23rd
  • Open House for new/interested LEGO League students and parents is Monday, May 9, at 5:00 pm.

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