The Quakers and the Quakers Too headed over to Boys Latin yesterday to compete in the Roar of the Robots, their first ever (?) Lego robotics competition. Both teams were very nervous going in, but quickly settled and started preparing for the day. A Lego competition includes four separate competitions: they are judged by a panel on their knowledge of First Lego League core values and group process, by another panel on their robot design, and by a third panel on a project they have completed related t the competition theme (This year’s theme was trash and recycling). Then in the afternoon, they go to the robot game, where their robot competes against other teams in three rounds, with the highest score determining your place relative to other teams. The two top overall winners (2 teams) go to the State competition in March.
Both teams felt really good about their performance in the morning judgings, and were feeling really confident as they got to the robot game. They were ably supported by many parents, who fueled them with snacks, drinks, pizza, and moral support. Their confidence was evident in the “pit area” by the way they read, joked, played Magic cards and video games, and generally had a great time in between rounds. The robot game went really well as a result, with both teams hitting all of the mission elements that they had designed their robots to do, and posting some impressively consistent scores. Quakes scored: 297, 357, 347, and Quakes Too scored 221, 281, and 161. When the dust cleared, Quakes Too ended up in 11th place overall, and Quakes in 3rd place (out of 21 teams!)