Final Meeting

Tomorrow is the big day…the RoboRangers are headed to the 2011 South Texas Championship Tournament.  The team practiced a few more robot runs and their skit.  The evening was topped off with a cookie cake.  Good Luck RoboRangers!

Good Luck RoboRangers!

The RoboRangers and the HDHHS

The RoboRangers had the opportunity to present back to their mentors at the Houston Department of Health and Human Services – Bureau of Consumer Health.  We brought the competition table and their robot so that they could show Carolyn, Larry, and the other sanitarians how the Food Factor field missions incorporate all the topics of food safety that they have discussed with them.  They went through each robot mission and how it relates to a real world problem.  They also showed them some of their programming and talked to them about the mechanical design of their robot.  They gave their project demonstration and shared their research, much of which incorporated the information gained from their mock inspection of Memorial Hermann hospitals kitchens and the presentation given to the team by Carolyn over the summer.  The team also presented plaques and custom Lego mini-figures to them as a thank you for their continued support of the RoboRangers.

CP, Carolyn, Bob, and Larry in Lego form

Engraved names on back

Duncan, one of the “Brick Breakers”, a Jr. FLL team consisting of 2 siblings of the RoboRangers (future RoboRangers?) and 2 other friends, was also able to present his teams’ SNACK ATTACK Lego model and poster.

Thanks again to all the folks at the Bureau of Consumer Health. Here are some highlights of their day.

Going over some of the field missions

Ray explaining to the Director the Pest Removal mission

Aidan and Alex explaining some of their programming and how the sensors on their robot work

The team talking about their research findings

South Texas Qualifier at Cinco Ranch

The RoboRangers competed in one of the first qualifiers for the area this past Saturday.  24 teams descended on Cinco Ranch Junior High School for what turned out to be a great tournament.  CRyptonite 624, the Cinco Ranch High School FRC team, hosted the qualifier.  Their army of volunteers made the event run smoothly and their spirit energized the crowd.

The team started the tournament by first going to the Core Values Teamwork judging.  Although they couldn’t complete the challenge, they united as a team, gave it their best, and had a lot of fun doing it.  Next up was their first robot match, with Bobby as robot handler and Marcus as his pit assistant.  The pair managed to give the team their highest table score of the day.  After the first match, the team was ready to give their project presentation.  As always, they gave an enthusiastic performance and the judges loved that it was clear that the team works really well together and that they put in a lot of effort into their research.  The judges gave excellent feedback that they can apply to further their research project.  Match #2 was next with Aidan and Alex handling the robot.  Aidan felt that one of his touch penalties wasn’t warranted and he had the courage to approach the head judge for a reversal decision.  In the end, it didn’t affect the team’s overall score but it took a lot for Aidan to make that challenge.  Match #3, led by Trent and Fiona, was a bit difficult.  The sensor on their robot fell off after the first mission and they worked as hard as they could to get it back on and functional.  Grace under pressure!  The team went for Technical judging of their robot design and programming after the matches were complete.  They did a fantastic job as a team explaining the robot design process throughout the season, their many different prototypes, and how they got to the robot they competed with that day.

After lunch, the waiting began while the judges deliberated who would be awarded advancement tickets and awards.  Team CRyptonite 624 and the emcee did a great job at keeping the teams engaged.  It was especially fun when they called the coaches up for what they thought was acknowledgement, and it turned out to be a coaches dance-off!  Coach Damian got his groove on doing the bull rider and even took a spin on the floor.  The chicken dance, the macarena, and more made Coach Damian a sweaty mess but he had a blast!  Even the RoboRangers were caught dancing!

It was a fun event and a lot of teams were recognized for their awesome efforts.  The RoboRangers didn’t have a strong robot game and I wasn’t sure if they would be up for any awards.  All awards were given except for the 1st Place Champion’s Award.  The emcee read the winner…team #5374…the ROBORANGERS!!!  The team graciously accepted their award and their advancement ticket to the Lonestar Championship to be held January 7th!!!  There were tears by the team members, proud coaches, and parents.  Their accomplishment as a team is outstanding!

Here are some highlights of their day.

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Here is a funny video of Coach Damian and the RoboRangers dancing!

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T-Minus 2 days!

That’s right. The long awaited qualifier is this Saturday! The team has one last practice before the big day. I’ve been remiss at updating the blog so this will be a summary of what the team has been up to this season. Wish us luck on Saturday!


Teamwork Challenge

Going over robot design

Typing up their project

Assembling their poster board

Community Presentation

The RoboRangers gave their presentation to the community at Cinco Ranch Library this evening. They performed their skit, talked about food safety, showed off their robot, and fielded tough questions from the crowd. More pics to come!

Waiting for their presentation to begin

Morgan and Fiona before the presentation
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Morgan and McKay

Team huddle

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Answering tough questions from the crowd

The Brick Breakers, a Jr. FLL team, before their big debut! You guys did great and your Lego creation was awesome!
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Stephen, Evan, and Duncan

The "Brick Breakers"

Giving their "Snack Attack" presentation to the crowd

Sharing their idea with the RoboRangers