|FLL Robotics-2010 Season-Body Forward
Team PowerSurge is comprised of nine 6th graders from Winding Creek's SEARCH class. We are fortunate to be mentored, for the second year, by Moore Norman Technology Center instructors and Pre-engineering students from local area high schools who participate in the First Robotics League as Team Shockwave. Our mission this year is called Body Forward. Our team members have built and programmed a robot to maneuver through a field delivering Lego pace-makers, heart patches, bionic eyeballs, heart stents, syringes and more. Our robot, appropriately named "Shimmy Jimmy" for the dance it does while following a line, is able to activate a pressure tester, dispense medicine and open a door. Our Researchers have been busy creating a presentation for their invention of the S.B.S.S., the Spider Bite Survival System, a spider-like contraption that delivers medicine to and removes venom from the site of a spider bite.
PowerSurge delivered their robot project and presentation project at the OKC Qualifying event on November 20, 2010 where they placed 2nd in the Teamwork Challenge. We now qualify for the Oklahoma State Championship to be held in December! Congratulations and good luck to you!
FLL Robotics- 2009 Season-SMART MOVE
Team PowerSurge is comprised of ten 5th and 6th graders from Winding Creek's SEARCH class. We are mentored by Moore Norman Technology Center instructors and Pre-Engineering students from local area high schools who are members of Team Shockwave, a First Robotics League team. We build robots using Lego's NXT robotic kits. We use Lego Mindstorms software to program the bot to accomplish different missions. Team members researched problems, statistics, and current technologies to create a solution for a problem regarding transportion.
Our team chose "Drowsy Driving" as their topic of research for the Project. They then created the solution of a heart rate monitor wristwatch that would detect a drop in the heart rate indicating that a person was close to falling asleep. When the heart rate dropped low and indicated a potential hazard the watch would emit loud, annoying sayings to alert the driver. Our researchers created a script around the idea of what could help Santa Claus keep from falling asleep while delivering presents on Christmas Eve.
The Oklahoma Championship on Saturday, December 12, 2009 was the first competition we attended. We ranked 22nd out of 62 in the Robot Challenge and brought home the second place trophy for our Project Challenge.
I would like to express my thanks to these students who contributed so much and practiced the FLL Core Values and Gracious Professionalism. Many thanks go out to Team Shockwave and MNTC instructors Art Waldenville and Jason Rausch who provided us with the instructions, guidance and funding that made this opportunity possible. Thank you parents for supporting our team with the donations of refreshments, items for the presentation and the long hours at competition.
We have learned so much in so little time and will be able to apply the experience to many areas in our lives. I am very proud of our students efforts and accomplishment. I hope they are too!
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