Part of the reason for all the competition discussion the past few weeks is that my team got an early draw this year. Our competition was yesterday. Most of the other regional competitions in the state are in the first and second weekend of December.
I am happy to report that my team did very well. Here were their rankings out of 16 teams in their division (teams made up of 4th-6th graders):
Performance runs (the game): 2
Robot design: 1
So they came in first overall and will be heading to the state competition at the end of January. Minnesota competitions also have a head-to-head bracketed tournament at the end of the day. My team’s technical awards proved themselves out as they rattled off four wins in a row to take home a third award.
[We have 6 team members, but one of them had to leave before we could get a picture.]
I was surprised by the teamwork score because we do things like eating dinner together after meetings for team building. But I think the score had to do more with my team not recognizing the questions we had practiced more than anything. The judge asked the same questions we did in practice, but just differently enough that they didn’t know the questions were the same. In the end, it didn’t matter.
My team will be doing some tweaking of our programs the next few months as well as adding two missions we didn’t have time to complete. So I’ll still be posting programming tips as continue with the season.
Good luck to all of you at your regionals and qualifiers. I hope your teams do as well as my team did.