Welcome to the George Washington Middle School STEM Club website! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In our club, we learn about things that are related to these topics like robotics or programming. Thank you to Dr. Fishbein, Dr. Kashmanian, and Mrs. Kuiken for helping our club be a success!
After weeks and weeks of mission, core values, and project, the day finally came! It was the regional competition, which all of us were excited about! We set up our pit area with our beautiful boards and had a fun and exciting opening ceremony.
15 minutes after the opening ceremony, we were called to go to our first judging session: core values. We had a project to do and some questions to answer. Everyone took turns and answered each question thoughtfully. After core values was finished, we had a long break until robot design! The team members each had a helping hand in debugging our robot and presenting our projects to the other teams. It was fun, and we even got to eat some snacks.
Then came robot design. We explained about our modular design and advanced programming. We showed the judges around the zones (groups of missions) and the modular attachments. The judges seemed especially interested in our P Controller line follower (resources can be found here).
Finally, it was time for the project! The explanation and skit for our Face Cards app was very clever. When we showed them our live copy, they gasped and were left speechless! Of course, there were some mistakes, but we finally won an award for 2nd place project. We dashed off to lunch and prepared ourselves for the actual robot game competition!
In our 1st match of the robot game, we scored 90 points. The new members of our team tried their best to handle and manage the robot. We spent even more time debugging the robot until match 2. The 2nd trial had a boost, with about 120 points scored! We fell behind to 11th place until the 3rd match, where we actually got 160 points, which gave us a boost to 5th place! And, while we were at it, everyone had loads of amazing fun.
During the awards ceremony, there was great suspense. Everyone in the bleachers listened intently. Team 2 got 2nd place in the project, while team 1 earned 1st place in the robot game with 301 points! Then we got a huge surprise. When the judges announced the overall award, they said “Team 318 – 3!” It was the biggest surprise – Our very own STEM Club team 1, dancing and winning the champion trophy!
Next Steps for the State Competition
Both teams were admitted to state. This means that we will improve in preparation for the greater competition in the NJ tournament! Teams 1 & 2 will debug and upgrade the robots. For the project, we hope to release Face Cards for free on the App Store between the regionals and the state. We have come a long way since our beginning in 2013, and we aim to improve and go further for the 2014 NJ competition.
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Finally! The practice competition at Saint Josephs High School had finally happened! It was a great event and we all got see a little bit of what the Regional and State competitions will be like. The whole gymnasium was roaring with excitement and I can definitely relate to how all the teams felt! I mean how good could it be spending your Sunday at an awesome FLL Robotics Competition. I was really proud with how both teams cheered for each other, and every time that it was one teams turn on the mat, we all raced to see how they would do! Our performance was also great, both teams excelled in how we finished missions efficiently and with finesse. Although we both had a little trouble getting our robot back to base once we completed the missions, I believe that in this last week both of our teams will do great!
Have an awesome week!
Today, we started to practice our skit and Core Values. The Project team was able to redesign our skit to make it easier to understand, and we were all able to start fine-tuning our skit. Both Project and Mission came together to practice our skit and teamwork, and we are on our way to the competition.
(Just a reminder, no meeting next week for Project because Mission is going to a practice competition!)
This week, team two project tallied up all our surveys and recorded the data and also started writing our skit. team two mission have been working on different attachements for the robot.
We have made a lot of progress.
Team #1 had a great meeting today! Our mission team has (finally) completed our robot’s base, as well as working on several attachments. On project, Eddie, Ashton and Shalin started to program and they finalized our survey. Dr. Fishbein and Dr. K have already been emailed copies.
This weekend, Team 1 did lots of work!
Finished the base of our robot
Added attachments and color sensors
Built a few of our key attachments
Also, we chose our project topic– Leadership!
I can’t wait for next weekend!
Yesterday was a great day for Team 2.
The project team finalize the topic for the project. Also they started researching the idea.
The mission team did well too. We created a robot base that we are improving constantly. Also we started creating attachments to go on the base. This year we are going to use a attachment module.
I can’t wait for this weekend,
Today, we had a great team 1 meeting! Great job on finishing all of our goals!
Here’s what we did:
- Mission Team
- Built base and started attaching motors and EV3!
- Considered solutions for mission models
- Project Team
- Finished watching TED talk on education
- Finalized project question and topic (How can we improve the way someone in middle/elementary school learns engineering?)
- Started researching how people learn engineering
Great job to everyone! We can’t wait to see everyone at next week’s open house and meeting!
On Saturday and Sunday, we had our first FLL meetings of the year! We had a great turnout on both Saturday and Sunday, and we are all looking towards a great new start of the FLL competition season!
We started to brainstorm for our Project. (Team 1 and 2, if you want to comment and give some feedback, that would be great!) Here are some of our ideas:
-An app for teamwork that gives two scenarios that involve teamwork. This is targeted towards younger kids.
-An app for spelling and academics that helps kids work on their schoolwork. This features a virtual study group so many kids can work together at once.
-Bio-technology for recognizing and remembering names. (Still working on details)
We also got working on our Mission, and we started to brainstorm on trips and strategies.
We had a productive meeting on Sunday, and I hope to see everyone again at the STEM Meeting!