Along with this challenge, they have to research and prototype a solution to a real world problem, which they then present to the judges. Finally, they had to show core values, and a code design review on their robot. At regionals, they did well enough to qualify for state (yay Dynamos!!).
The state competition began early in the morning in Hillsboro, OR.
Little J. operating the robot during run 2.
A. switching out robot attachments during run 2.
Waiting for score results.
Showing participation medals.
Note: Little J's medal ribbon has already miraculously disintegrated.
The Dynamos had some unexpected struggles. The main one was that one of the programs quit working for no understandable reason (all was running smoothly the previous Wed. when they did their final practice). This affected the possible points they could have earned on the runs. The great thing was that everyone continued doing their best, soaking in the day long experience, and having a fun time.
After talking with my boys about how things went, and what they wish for down the road, I was pleasantly surprised that to find they are more determined to continue with robotics. They want to practice programming at home in the coming months, and have hopes of designing a robot that will meet this fall's challenge with ease.
I am looking forward to the exciting and cool things they will build. They are indeed, Dynamos!