Tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Greenwich Academy will host 16 area teams at the 4th annual Backyard Blizzard! FLL CT state qualifier. This is one of seven official events happening around the state this weekend (and last). Exceptional teams will earn a golden ticket to the CT FLL state tournament on December 5, 2015.
RobotEpic # 5017, GA’s high school robotics FTC team is hosting and running this event. They are excited to host a variety of schools, clubs, and “garage teams” at this event. There will be a special event Hack-A-Thon throughout the event, so be sure to stop by and visit this amazing hacktivity station! There will be plenty of action and concessions to fill our hungry teams minds and bodies! Stop by and join in the fun!
For more information, please visit the event page here.
With robotics in full swing here at GA and all over the state, the FLL teams are busy preparing their presentations and solutions for the Trash Trek challenge! Their robots are being programmed and customized to complete the challenges on the obstacle course, and they are creating posters and handouts to share with the other teams. The Backyard Blizzard, a CT FLL event hosted here at Greenwich Academy by the school’s Upper School FTC team, RoboEpic 5017, is less than a month away. As of now, 14 teams will converge on GA bringing with them their talents and creativity. We cannot wait to see their innovative solutions about ways to reduce trash, how they have programmed their robots, and tell us about how they work together as a team to reach their goals. We know each team has been working tirelessly during the fall season and we look forward to hosting them on November 21, 2015 at the Backyard Blizzard! More information is posted here for coaches, teams, and spectators.
On Saturday, Nov 22, 2014, Greenwich Academy’s Upper School Robotics Team, FTC 5017 RoboEpic hosted the 3rd annual Backyard Blizzard! This event is a CT state official FLL qualifying tournament. 21 area teams were in attendance, with 8 heading off to the state tournament to be held in Shelton, CT in December.
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FIRST Lego League (FLL) is well under way here at GA, and our two middle school teams are ready to compete. They are finishing their robot programs and strategies; they are polishing their presentations; they are fabricating their prototypes; they are exhibiting amazing teamwork and cooperation. The Backyard Blizzard, a CT state official qualifying event is being held on Sat. Nov. 22, 2014 here at GA. If you are registered for this event, please visit this page. An official welcome email will be sent out once we have received confirmation from CT FIRST. our Upper School girls, RoboEpic 5017 (FTC team), are very excited to help run this event.
As of today, all levels of robotics here at GA are fully operational. RoboEpic, FTC 5017, is hard at work building a new robot for this year’s game, Cascade Effect. They are learning more about mecanum wheels,and how to build the best chassis for this drive type. Both FLL teams are well on their way to making a physical prototype for their solution to the theme, World Class this year, and are busy learning the EV3 programming language to complete the missions on the board. The Middle School club starts today, as well as the Lower School Serendipity program. As of now GA has 60 students involved in robotics throughout the three divisions. As an essential part of the growing STEM initiative here at GA, robotics is a signature program that offers students after-school options for developing their STEM interests, which compliment any STEM offerings they are taking part of during the school day.
This Saturday, RoboEpic will be running demonstrations of their robot along with their friends the Bionic Gaels. They will be there from 12pm-3pm. This event is being held at The Palace Danbury, 165 Main Street, Danbury CT from 12pm-5pm. There will also be Lego building, Lego Movie screenings, and fee parking. This event is free, but donations are gladly accepted as this is a fundraiser for a local FLL team, The Technic Terminators – they are attending the FIRST World Festival in St Louis next week! View the Flyer Here: Danbury Family Fun Lego Day
And with spring brings Varsity sports which unfortunately wins out over robotics this time of year. But have no fear! The eighth graders have stepped up to begin to learn about FTC and the Tetrix kit. They begun to strip our robot down to the chassis, while simultaneously building another holonomic drive chassis. What a great way to learn about engineering – by reverse engineering! They see how it was put together, appreciate the complexity of the robot, and are brainstorming about next year’s design already! New recruits! Are you ready!?!
The secret is out! We are hosting an official CT FLL regional qualifying tournament on Saturday December 1, 2012; its called the Backyard Blizzard!. We will be hosting 16 teams from around the state as 1 of 6 qualifying rounds for the state finals! If you would like to volunteer (assuming someone actually reads this blog) please contact us! (subject to background check, of course)
The high school FTC team, RoboEpic, and their mentors, Gail Sestito and Doug Rendell, attended the annual CT F.I.R.S.T. University Day. This event, sponsored by Central Connecticut State University, is run by experienced coaches, mentors, organizers, and students involved with F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, founded by Dean Kamen and Woody Flowers). This full day event is designed to assist all mentors and coaches, new and old) with the many aspects of running Jr FLL (Junior FIRST Lege League for upper primary school students), FLL (FIRST Lego League for middle school), FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge for high school), and FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge for high school) teams. A plethora of workshops are run throughout the day; high school students and adults can choose the sessions they wish to attend. There are workshops ranging from rules of the games, robot construction tips, and programming tutorials. A workshop run by Gail and Doug focused on “Teamwork and Team-building” for FLL. Over the past three years, many of their various teams have won the “teamwork” award, so they shared their secrets to running “well-oiled” middle school teams. It was a very successful day, and now the coaches, and team members feel prepared for this 2012-2013 season of FIRST! Let the games begin!