More than most of you will ever want to know:
The 4-H club is called S.T.E.M. which stands for Science, Technology, Electronics, and Math. They learn things like Geo Caching, how to build robots and program them with computers, how windmills work and they recreate them, and for last year's Fair project, they each made their own rockets and set them off at fair. Carly's got "Best of Show" and went to State Fair and got 1st place there. (sorry to gloat, just a proud mama!)
The competition that they went to was the FLL (First Lego League) in which they compete with a robot that they build themselves and program it to do as many obstacles on a huge mat as possible. It's just one part of their club events throughout the year. It's an all-day competition, 8-5, but only compete 4 times thoughout the day: they have only 1 min. for ea. of the 3 obstacle competitions, and then they have 5 min. to do a presentation based on teamwork. They have to come up with a problem and a solution for it. This year's theme had to do with the body. They are judged on teamwork, presentation, and content. Their presentation was about OsteoArthritis (in the foot) and their answer to help aleviate the problem was "The Springy".... a shoe with big springs between the shoe and another sole. They had a big presentation board and a replica of the Springy shoe. (don't ask! LOL. Guess you had to be there)
The Whole Gang
Girls Team = The Laughing Giraffes
Boys Team = The Lego Muskateers
Bet your asking "How'd They DO?"
Well, the girls didn't place in the top ranks to get a trophy, but they still had lots of fun and it was a good learning experience. Part of the problem they ran into was a couple weeks before competition they had to totally rebuild their bot, which meant starting over on the programming too. I'm very proud of them for sticking with it and following through. Great job girls!! *Ü*
And the boys got first reserve champion trophy (out of 12 teams in Central Oregon)... good job guys!! Keep up the great work!!