Last weekend we helped out at the South Lakes Reston Regional FLL Tournament! It was a blast, and we were able to meet so many new faces! FLL is truly for all ages, and we were pleasantly surprised to see how many people turned up and showed their support in so many ways. The dedication and thought put into this tournament was tremendous, and it was a privilege to help out and be a part of it.
Several of our team members were Core Values and Research judges, where they critiqued young minds about their innovative solutions to worldly issues. Some of us were even directly engaged in the competition itself as referees, timekeepers, and scorekeepers. Teams competed against each other, one-on-one to score the most points out of their autonomous Lego robots. It was a fun and educational experience for us all, and it gave us another event to look forward to next year!
Last night our team took a trip to Hutchison Elementary School and showed kids all that STEM can offer! Partnering with the talented NovaLabs folks, the kids loved all that we had to offer, including our team robot, our square bots, an Oculus Rift, and several drones of different miniature sizes! We even reunited some previous Hutchison students with their old teachers. We look forward to participating next year and advancing our outreach program even further! See you there!
This past Saturday, 116 payed a visit to the other Air and Space museum for the Smithsonian’s Innovation Festival in Washington DC. Along with team 2402, we represented FIRST at the festival for inventions and patents with our Squarebots and enthusiasm.
The next day we helped out our local FLL teams by supporting a mock tournament at Nova Labs where we judged the kids’ projects, robots, and core values and also kept score for the tournament. We were all really impressed with their attention to detail, and the accomplishments of the teams.
We wish all the Nova Labs teams good luck on their upcoming competitions!