|My clean room without metal robots suddenly had a lego|
table in it again - what the heck??
|All summer - he got to work by himself and sometimes|
with team mates, resolving the game with a different
He had found the robot reveal video of the German team that won the entire competition and it had a five second movie of the robot being built in a digital designer program. He realized that if he put it on pause, he could advance it through the screens of the video and see how they had designed their robot. He sat there with his next door team mate and rebuilt the entire thing. Then they studied their video of their winning run. Then they modified it - improving it with ideas of theirs. They spent a few weeks programming it and basically re-solving the challenge they had done already in the fall.
YIKES. I think I mentioned before how this competition can inspire kids. We stepped away from the kids and just let them go. Sometimes failure can be a huge motivator. And truthfully, my kid would rather watch sports or youtube or play games on his phone that come up with an independent project of his own, unlike his brother who always has five or six projects in play. When given a problem to solve that is competitive - he is all gusto. But without a goal like that, he isn't sure how to fill his time. So this was quite a turn of events and we decided to see how far he took it.
Pretty far as he toyed with it most of the summer learning more advanced techniques and ideas. He studied championship teams on you-tube all summer and tried things out. When they started out the real Lego robotics season - it was like they had made a huge leap forward and now seemed like they could compete with the Europeans. In the USA, the age for the competition is capped out at 14. In Europe it is 16. The difference is because the metal division is too expensive for their schools (parts get shipped from the USA). But Lego is made there so they can be 17 at the day of Worlds and still be competing with the 9-14 year old Americans. So the Europeans almost always win the world robot championship in First Lego League.