FLL 2018-2019 Into Orbit Season

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Robot Design Information

We are 6th graders. This is our 3rd FLL season and we focused on improving our robot mechanical design.

We used cube shape robot for alignment, wall following and for easy attachments. 2 large motors to move around and 2 steel balls in the back for stability. Color sensor to find the line. Our gear based attachments are controlled by 2 medium motors to lift, carry and hit objects.

We used Master Program to save transition time, 4 programs for total of 10 missions and maximum of 190 points and 15 sec to spare. So our strategy is if one of the quick missions fail we would have time to relaunch it.

At FLL Qualifier our Robot was taller than 12 inch which is wrong. We prepared and posted on YouTube Lesson Learned video to share with other teams how important it is to “read the Challenge Guide carefully”.

FLL Into Orbit Robot Game Rules Lessons Learned

Project Information

Problem: Upward trend in space debris and no active removal.

Research: the internet, read articles, and watched many documentaries.

Professionals: Talked about our ideas and existing solutions with NASA scientists Dr. Dworkin, Dr. Young at Goddard Space Center, Dr. Kohler, prof. Dr. Williams and students in Astrophysics at UMD Observatory, Dr. Norton NASA special advisor at PSW Science.

Our ideas: TrashBot, RecyclingBot, TrashBouncer and FrequencyBomb. We expanded our RemoveDebris solution to use 4 CubeSat to capture and redirect space debris into lower orbit where it would slow down due to atmosphere drag and burn before reaching the Earth.

We shared our solution with Prof. Dr. Richardson UMD who works on NASA DART planetary defense project. He liked our solution, CubeSat are cheap. Controlling the system of 4 may be challenging but possible as it can be done with drones.

Teamwork Information

The most important discovery is that in order to grow we need to get out of our comfort zone.

We challenged ourselves with mechanical design and it felt so good to see missions working after many failures.

We were shy at first but we learned much more by talking with professionals instead of just browsing the internet.

We split the work so we get more done and we help each other.

For example this year we have a rookie on our team and we made sure he is comfortable with robot design and programming. We got Core Values Award in JrFLL and also in 2016-17 Qualifier and State. Project and Robot Performance Award at BSU Qualifier 2018-19.

Fun Facts About Our Team

One of our team members did TED talk at school on Space Radiation, another worked on a Mission to Mars project at the Applied Physics Lab summer camp, and we all learned about CubeSats in 5th grade science class.

We like hanging out together, playing video games, going to the movies. At the beginning of the season we watched “Science Fair” documentary, later “First Man” movie. These were really inspirational.

Our JrFLL team name was Scorpios and we changed it to ScorpioBots when we entered FLL. Our team logo as seen on our T-shirt front, has been designed by one of our former team members. We like it and use it ever since. This is our 3rd FLL season and 3rd time at MD State Championship.

ScorpioBots Team T-shirt Design

FLL 2017-2018 Hydrodynamics Season

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Robot Design Information

We are 5th graders.

This is our 2nd FLL year and we have two rookies on our team. Together we have done 9 missions and are ready for 205 points.

We used simple multipurpose attachments to carry, lift, push and accomplish many missions. And ultrasonic sensor for wall follower.
We have a simple robot design that moves easily around the table.

Project Information

Our Solutions we shared with Leidos Environmental Engineer and Energy Expert at Liquefied Natural Gas and they told us how big problem this is to solve. Also shared at ES Science Fair and with Apophenia FLL Team. Our coaches didn’t know about Hydraulic Fracturing problems uses a lot of water, pollutes water and air, and we all learned together. We presented with US map like weathermen and made simulation in Minecraft for Fracking Site,Trucks, City, Solar Panels in Desert, our 360 degrees Pipe Fixer and Drones Police.

Core Values Information

We made our Team Cheer and use it before robot game. We split the work so we get more done and help each other.

We shared our project with Apophenia FLL Team 31748. We also had robot practice together and learned from their scrimmage.

We shared our FLL experience at WAES Science Fair.

We got Core Values Award in JrFLL and last year in Qualifier and State. This year we advanced from Rockville Qualifier as 2nd Champions.

Fun Facts About Our Team

We love video games and had lots of fun on project solution simulation in Minecraft and we had zombies and bunnies in the city and candy canes in the desert but we removed them for the judges. Some of our creations exploded.

At our meetings besides robots we were making Lego Technic fidgets like spinners and shooters.

We like goofing around and we practiced our presentation in front of plush toys.

ScorpioBots Team T-shirt Design

FLL 2016-2017 Animal Allies Season

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Robot Design Information

We are a rookie team of 4th graders and we are ready for 208 points.

We created a lean robot design, emphasizing simple quick attachments and lean transitions.

We used 3 large motors, 1 gyro and 2 color sensors, proportional line follower and master sequencer program for robot game consistency and reliability.

Project Information

We got the problem idea from Lego Friends episode.
Problem is Dolphins getting caught in fishing nets and may die.
Solution is to use devices to sent alert signals and fake shark signals to Dolphins to keep them away.

We shared with Humane Society US Wildlife Protection and they posted it on their Instagram that got about 1800 likes. We also presented at WAES Science Fair.

We made Lego bricks Model and used it in our presentation.

Core Values Information

Last year JrFLL team award and this year 1st place Core Values award winners at FLL Qualifier.

We split the work so each team member focuses on at least one mission so we get more done.

We were very enthusiastic about coming up with the right team name, team song and we designed our team logo and T shirts.

Team appreciates that many other FLL teams have posted you tube videos and we learned a lot from them.

Fun Facts About Our Team

A neighborhood group of Lego enthusiasts that also share love for sports, nature and video games.

We had lots of fun making Lego model to explain solution.
We had fun researching and watching Lego Friends, PBS WildKratts, National Geographic videos.

At meetings team was singing and dancing to you tube videos on breaks from programming robots and work on our project.

ScorpioBots Team T-shirt Design

Maryland’s 2017 FIRST LEGO League Tournament Held on Feb 25, 2017

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