The Regional Competition – Team 2

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.

Thanks for reading!

Bergen Qualifying FLL Tournament

The STEM club (Team #5642) finally has gotten through the regional tournament with awesome results! Team members’ throats were hoarse at the end of the tournament by cheerleading.

First, at 9:00, we went to the project judging room and showed off our skit with our project. After all this hard work, we created a brick that heats itself with solar power. The judges were simply shocked.

Robot Design was a tremendous session. We impressed the judges with our modular design, leading us up to 1st place.

In the afternoon, after a belly-filling lunch of soup and sandwiches, we placed our robot in the robot game matches. Matches 2 and 3 were not that bad, but Match 1 was much better! Match 1 scored us over 300 points, yet we were done when the timer still had 30 seconds left! It seemed our modular design did help a lot.

It did turn out to be a great success. We got 3rd place in Robot Performance and 1st place in Robot Design!

At Super Green Solutions

Today (November 9, 2013) we drove to SuperGreen Solutions in Englewood to take a look at their innovations with solar power, water power, and wind power. They showed us their showroom, which contains a lot of things. A huge solar panel that generates 250 watts stands in one corner. Near the entrance, there is a unit consisting of two solar panels that are attached by hinges so you can fold them for easy transportation. A light bulb sitting on the table can power a lamp and charge a Samsung phone at the same time. You just plug that lamp into a waterproof solar panel (no, the lamp isn’t waterproof) to charge it.

Later, we showed them our innovation. Our solar heated walkway charges during sun using the solar panels. When it’s cold outside, you just turn on the heat from the comfort of your home. SuperGreen Solutions told us that this was an amazing idea and that it really would shape the future. Of course, they said we need to shrink costs, but at least we’re getting a start!.

The showroom also has other stuff. They feature LED bulbs which are brighter and more efficient. There is a water generator that filters dehumidified air into drinking water. They have more efficient water heaters, and eco insulation.

Their website is:

First Meeting Of The School Year

Today, on September 12, 2013, a whole 2013-2014 school year is now kicked off.

This meeting also kickstarted our 2013 FLL season. We showed off the missions, voted for jobs (results will come out Wednesday, we’re leaving you in suspense), and reviewed what we did in the summer.

Don’t forget, our next meeting is Wednesday, September 18, 2013! Have your letters and T-shirts geared! See you then!

FLL 2013 Nature’s Fury Challenge

Hello everyone!

The challenge PDF is finally out, explaining all of the missions, rules, and project! Expect to laugh a couple times, as there are many funny parts (I did). You can find it here.

Also, there is a set of videos here (visual aid only – turn sound down – narrator is nuts?) 🙂

Anyway, how is the summer going? I am in 上海, otherwise known as Shanghai, China. Tomorrow (September 3) I will be coming back to the U.S. Meet you at STEM!


P.S. We still don’t know the date of the next meeting, but stay tuned!

First Meeting

Our first meeting

Our first STEM meeting, which was like an orientation.

Yay! We had our first actual STEM meeting on May 29!

First, Ashton and Eddie gave a warm welcome to all the people who attended. We explained all about FLL, how it works, and how we’d split people up into different roles. The roles are the project group, the missions group, the A/V group, the core values group, and the website and documenting group. In addition, the students watched videos about FLL. They looked at our blogs (one of them is the one you’re reading) and asked questions. Finally, we talked about how we would fundraise for next year. Then came the final announcements. These included the STEM homework and our next meeting (June 12). Our meeting really was a success and I hope that no one will drop out.

To learn about FLL, please visit the page here or watch the video here.