Right before the FLL Regional Qualifiers in Wisconsin, we held a scrimmage for teams of our area to practice the different components of FLL.
We judged the teams on four areas: Teamwork, Presentation, Design & Software, Robot Games. Because these are the four areas that they will be judged on while they participate in their own competitions, we used the same rubrics that FIRST uses to judge their abilities in all four of the categories.
To prepare the teams, we made the scrimmage extremely similar to the competition. We had pit areas and judges walking around from time to time. In another area, we had the robot games; the students competed against other teams at the camp to see how well they could do. Prizes were awarded to the top teams in each judged area.
Appleton Public Library
On September 14th, our team was able to go to the Appleton Public Library to showcase a demo robot we had put together with parts from previous years. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate what robotics is to both the kids and the adults alike and how they can get involved with a FIRST team.
FTC Skystone Kickoff
Each year, our team goes to a kickoff event. This year, the event was hosted at MSOE. After viewing the Kickoff video, we were able to see the game field for this year. After this, we were also able to attend seminars. We traveled back and began to brainstorm, which lasted not only the rest of the day Saturday, but also the Sunday meeting as well.
Each year, Hortonville High School hosts an orientation day for freshman to get more comfortable with the building, their teachers and peers, as well as with their schedule. During this orientation day, there is a time dedicated for each of the groups of freshman to see all the teams and clubs at the high school. We were asked to showcase robotics and showed off a demo robot built from parts from previous years.
Our annual FLL Camp is run for two days. This year it was run on August 19th and August 20th. We had 10 teams attend from our area with around 60 kids total. Each team was given an EV3 to build and program in accordance to a challenge we gave them based off their actual competition for this year. They also participated in teamwork challenges as well as a mock competition to test their robots.
Fox Valley Regional Qualifier
This year was our fifth year hosting the Fox Valley Regional Qualifier, and it continues to be a huge success each year. Everything ran smoothly and we even ended a bit early! We were so excited to see all the new and returning teams. It is amazing to give so many teams the opportunity to test their skills and help them advance to Wisconsin State. We can't wait to compete against all the teams that advanced to state! Congratulations to the teams that won all the awards too!