FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition
On Sunday 19 November, eight students from Years 7 and 8 competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics competition held at Swinburne University. The theme of the competition was Hydro Dynamics.
In Term 2, the students began learning code and building robots and programs based on last year’s competition, with a focus on growing their skills, knowledge and experience. 2017’s challenge was released at the start of Term 3 and from then onwards, they met Tuesday lunchtimes and Thursdays after school to work on the various tasks. These included designing, building and programming a Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot for the purpose of carrying out various theme-related missions in a Robot Game. Students also worked on a project, researching a problem that currently exists within our water cycle/system and developing a solution.
On competition day, they competed in three different Robot Game ‘mission rounds’ and also collaboratively and knowledgably shared their robot design and the complexities in building and programing it during a Robot Design Judging session. They presented their project and a 3D printed model to a judging panel. The final area of judging involved a group interview based upon the group’s core values and team collaboration.
The day was full of high energy and team work and to add to the excitement, the Bialik team received a Judges’ Award.
Well done to our Year 3 team who took first place in the Primary Division of the Everybody Dance NAO robot dance competition. It’s the second year that Rosie, Bialik’s NAO Humanoid Robot, has taken first place, with the help of a creative group of Bialik students who wrote the code for her moves and, this year, even composed the music for her to dance to.
Kol ha’kavod to the Year 3s, and to the Year 5 team who also made it to the finals, which were held at Scienceworks during the Robotica 2017 exhibition