For anyone who didn't remember where we were at - here are the links from the storyline to catch up.
Robots as Life Part I
Robots as Life Part II
Beginning of Robot Year
Lego Season and Antartica
|Robot Revolution taking over the metal robot field - they were jaw set
determined to go to competiton
And we didn't win the championship. Or the runner up or the runner up to the runner up. They were not happy. I won't go into the details, but we adults learned a bunch of stuff from a FTC coach who was one of the judges and found that we wouldn't likely ever win the championship - a mix of things that happen in these big organizations which are unfair to kids who work this hard. Some of it centers on how 90% of the adults who judge this stuff have never done it and so either don't understand it or think that no kid could be that good so it must have been done by the adults. That is so sad. She had coached the best team in Lego and was the coach of one of our two biggest competitors in the metal division and knew us and knew we coach fair so she had argued to the matt for us. And was totally overruled by the men as they dismissed her (a MIT engineer). And was she pissed. The kids didn't know about this until recently.
But what they did was phenomenal the day after the state championship. The championship was a few days before Christmas and as I said, they were not happy. There had been some joking about how they should just join the FTC division of metal robots. (We adults realized they were done with the Lego division) - and they took it seriously. As in by Christmas there was a robot frame. Holy OMG kids are you serious?? Within a week, I knew how serious they were - taking anger and translating it into hard work and working beside The Brainstormers to build their own robot for the challenge.
Now realize - they were starting four months late in a high school competition as 6th-8th graders. Four months late. The actual qualifier competitions had started a month earlier and The Brainstormers had already qualified for the state championship - before these kids started a robot. I emailed the state coordinator and asked if I registered them if they could get a slot at one of the last qualifiers at the end of January. She said yes. So they became Robot Revolution FTC team #14106.
|Two of the Robot Revolution kid learning to
drive their robot
And they had a working, programmed robot and went to competition with full notebook, CAD designs, and presentation materials in four weeks - something in every catagory. They worked around the clock.
I mean just WOW. Many high schools barely make that after five months.