The team asks for your help of sponsorship to defray the expenses associated with attending the 2013 FIRST LEGO League North American Championship Tournament. Any size donation will be greatly appreciated. There are several ways you can contribute.
- If you would like your donation to be tax-deductible, ICON, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has generously agreed to accept donations on the RoboRangers behalf. ICON’s mission is to be an organization of women devoted to establishing positive awareness and proactive involvement within our community and globally, while developing a socially-conscience sisterhood among women.
Please make checks payable to ICON and write “RoboRangers” in the memo line.
Donations can be mailed to:
c/o Susan Lynch
2010 Linden Cove Court
Katy, TX 77494
- If you do not require a tax-deductible contribution, you can make your donation online through PAYPAL. A PAYPAL account is not required.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
The RoboRangers recently competed at the 2012-2013 FIRST LEGO League South Texas Regional Tournament, which brought together the top 62 teams from around the region. At the event, the RoboRangers were honored to be 1 of only 4 teams selected to give their project presentation to everyone in attendance, roughly 2,000 people! The team was also awarded 2nd Place for Project Presentation. Their overall high performance throughout the season earned them an invitation to the 2013 FIRST LEGO League North American Open Tournament of Champions at LEGOLAND!
The 2013 FLL North American Open Championship Tournament is one of four FLL international tournaments and is a celebration of the current Senior Solutions season. Only 72 FLL teams from the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico are invited to attend this event, held at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California in May. The RoboRangers are honored to be among the few teams, out of over 21,000 worldwide, that have been awarded a coveted spot at this tournament.
This experience is going to require resources, dedication, and planning. Each team attending must pay for its own travel and team support expenses. The RoboRangers have set a fundraising goal of $22,000. This will cover the registration fees, food, lodging, and travel expenses for each team member and one parent, as well as team identity and display materials to highlight their team, sponsors, and South Texas.
The RoboRangers would greatly appreciate your support!
The RoboRangers have been busy getting ready for the south Texas Championship. They’ve made some additions to their research project and skit, as well as preparing a core values poster and executive summary. The robot handlers have been busy practicing at getting faster achieving their missions. The team has also had fun doing more teamwork challenges. Damian challenged the team to take paint sticks and tape to spell out the word robot.
The team added on to that and spelled “ROBORANGERS”. Awesome.
And to get out all the extra energy on a Friday night, the kids did pushups, even honorary little roboranger Conley. Note Morgan finding her center…doing the “child’s” yoga pose. Namaste Morgan.
After the teamwork challenge, Fiona took over the camera and captured a few gems.
The RoboRangers had a fantastic day at their qualifier. The team was easily spotted with their crazy rainbow mohawk hair!
Marcus and Aidan ran the first robot run of the day and scored the team’s highest score.
Bobby and Evan were the handlers for the second match and worked awesome together! Alex and Ray had a fantastic third run with the buzzer beating race to the ramp! Everyone cheered when it balanced just as the timer rang. Phew!
The team gave their project presentation and completed their team work challenge between matches. Their skit was hilarious! So much fun was had by all!
After their final match, the team sat down with a technical judge and went over all the aspects to their robot, the “Flying Monkey.”
At the end of the day, the RoboRangers received an advancement ticket to the Lone Star South Texas regional. Their day was highlighted by receiving the 1st place award in Strategy & Innovation for robot performance and the 2nd place Champion’s Award!!!! Way to go RoboRangers!!!
When we arrived back home, Duncan and Conley, along with their babysitter Ashley, made this awesome banner for Aidan, Fiona, and the rest of the RoboRangers!
The RoboRangers met 24 new friends at Carriage Inn. They told them about their team and all about this year’s FLL theme, Senior Solutions. As part of the team’s research, they surveyed residents at the Carriage Inn about their mobility problems, specifically the dangerous issue a lot of seniors face, falling. After they interviewed the seniors, they shared with them their new medical device idea. Most of the residents were enthusiastic about it’s possibilities but they raised some very good questions to the team about cost, longevity, and timeframe for availability. All great questions that they team will research further. It was a fun experience for everyone!
Today’s meeting was all about building. The team broke down into subgroups and built different prototypes of a robot to use in this year’s robot game. Each were different in size, different wheels, some were geared up, some weren’t, crazy steering system, no steering system… After the crude assembly, the team tested out their designs, keeping record of what worked and what didn’t work. From their, they will take the best of all the designs and hopefully combine them into one awesome machine!
The team had a fun teamwork challenge this week. Damian gave them each a box of paint sticks and told them to make a bridge that could stand using only the paint sticks.
They completed the challenge and built a bridge that could stand on its own. Then Damian built “DaVinci’s Bridge”. He went over the history and neat mechanics of how the bridge was designed and constructed. Cool!
The RoboRangers had the amazing opportunity to attend one of CRyptonites build meetings. Armed with curiosity and safety glasses, the RoboRangers learned all about the process from build to final product and Elizabeth showed them all the heavy machinery used to create their robot. They were just beginning to build their final robot but the RoboRangers got to see the prototype in action. The kids loved having basketballs shot at them! Thanks again to the CRyptonites for inviting the RoboRangers to hang out with you. Best of luck at the Bayou Regional. We hope to see Panzer in action at the Lone Star Regional!!!