Counting down to a December 5 qualifying event, the Weston Middle School Robotics team is busy working on Thursdays and Saturdays.
On Thursday Oct 22
Oct 15 Week Four
8th Graders had 5 team members in attendance. They worked on determining chassis styles and missions to work on. Two team members brought their designs and ideas for discussion. The ideas will be documented and shared to help facilitate more discussion and the selection process.
Those in attendance also discussed the project. Several ideas were explored and the ideas will be documented and shared, so the team can choose a realistic topic and begin to work on it.
7th Grade team was busy programming missions and researching their project topic.
6th grade team had 3 new members join and formed 2 teams
Oct 22 & 24 Week Five
This week we included Saturday sessions, the club is now meeting Thursdays and Saturdays.
Teams met Saturday morning from 9 to 12:00 noon.
All four Weston MS Robotics teams are busy working on the robot missions and their respective projects.
Oct 8 Week Three
We skipped a session last Thursday, teachers needed the classrooms to get ready for Back to School Night. To make up for the lost session, we will be adding a 5th Saturday session.
This year teams are able to list up to 3 choices of qualifier event venues on the FLL registration site.. Fingers crossed that WMS Robotics is accepted to our first or second choice qualifier event. If we do, we will be going to a Dec 12 qualifier event. Our third choice venue has a Dec 5 date.
We lost two 8th grade members and gained three new 6th grade students. Yesterday, the 8th grade group decided to consolidate into one team. The 6th grade group will form 2 teams at the next session.
Club members and parents should book mark this web link, In it you will find the game rules for this year's FIRST FLL challenge "Trash Trek".
For 6th grader members interested in learning how to program EV3 robots, the following YouTube links will be helpful.
Move forward tutorial
quick easy version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85AmUHyR4Ho
more detailed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-XcGt8CsWc
Color Sensor/Light Sensor
The 7th grade team met in an adjacent classroom to pair up into sub teams (programmers and builders). 7th grade Team Yellow voted on a team chassis design, walked through the robot game missions and discussed action items for the next session:
• Programmers will huddle to assign robot missions
• Builders will build 2 additional & identical robots
• Project team will discuss a direction and plan out the project
Counting down 7/8 weeks to the qualifying event!
Sept 24 Week Two
Both 6th and 7th grade teams broke into 3 sub groups to build a chassis proposal for their team.
6th grade team orange will be going through a programming tutorial at the next session. They will use their program to animate proposed car/robot designs, data from this exercise will help the team determine the best option to replicate across 3 identical robots. Having 3 robots per team allow more programming opportunities to members across the team.
7th grade team yellow completed 2 chassis designs and have a third in the works. The group will vote on a chassis design at the next session.
The 8th grade group met in open circle format to discuss the possibility of creating two 8th grade teams. After reviewing the FLL core values, coaches facilitated a lively student discussion. The students identified that a team with less than 10 members would require active participation from each member. They also noted that since all but one member has experience competing at a FIRST FLL competition and several members were well versed in robot build/programming that it would be very difficult to exclude any team member at events. Students also identified that the equitable way to form teams was to divide the talent pool equally even though it may require friends to be in separate groups. In the end, the 8th graders decided on moving forward with 2 teams and self formed 2 balanced teams.
The next robotics club session will be on Oct 8, Oct 1 session is cancelled because the building needs to be readied for Back to School Night. A 5th Saturday will be added to make up for the lost Thursday session.
Sept 17 Week One
Today club members watched the FLL game video and formed 4 teams:
8th grade Blue
8th grade Green
7th grade Yellow
6th grade Orange
The club will be using brand new EV3 robot kits. We also have 2 computer labs and a classroom to use at each club session. The added space will allow access to programming and room for project and planning sessions.
Club members are encouraged to research EV3 chassis plans online. Next week teams will break into sub groups to build a car/chassis. Members will meet by team color to vote on their team chassis design. Each team will have access to 3 robot kits.
Watch the FLL Trash Trek Game Challenge Video:
Trash Trek Resources:
Download a Free copy of the EV3 software to use at home:
EV-3 Programming Tutorials:
Note to parents:
This after school opportunity is powered and made possible with parent help. Weston teams that did well last year, did so because of parent involvement/facilitation. We welcome any parent help, you do not need previous experience. All are welcome, engineering background is a plus but not a requirement. There are many ways for parents to get involved.
There are 3 parts to the FLL challenge: Robot Design/Programming, Project and Team Dynamics. Awards are given to various categories at competitions. The club meets for 12 Thursdays and 4 Saturdays, please consider getting involved. The project and team presentation (to a panel of professionals) requires parent coaching/time management.
Calendar: (This is a Fall Program)
Sept 10 Parent Meeting
Sept 17 – Dec 17 Thursdays 3:15 to 5:00 pm
Nov 7 – Dec 5 4 Saturday sessions leading up to competition day, parents should plan to attend
Dec (actual date TBD) Competition Day, full day on a Saturday
Dec 17 Clean-up kits, team party
2:45 - 3:15 Library (work on homework)
3:15 - 3:30 Snack in cafeteria
3:30 - 5:00 Robotics at the Lab
Is there a cost to join the club?
Our WEEFC grant is pending approval, we anticipate that this year the grant will cover the faculty stipend, there will be a per student fee of $110 to $130. Helen Poon the club’s treasurer and manager will contact you about the final per student contribution amount after student enrollment/headcount is finalized.
Extra money collected will go towards the end of season party or a possible field trip. The amount listed covers one qualifier event. Coaches will collect additional money for teams that qualify for state competition. State competition usually happens the third Saturday in December. Teams that qualify beyond the state competition will plan accordingly. Championships usually happen in the Spring in St Louis.
Here is a cost break down: (10 students per team)
Saturday Building Use $ 400
FLL Registration per team 225
Event Registration per team 75
Game Kit per team 75
Shipping 20 Subtotal per team 395
Team T-shirt 12
Snack (12 Thursdays) 25
Parts/kit replacement 5
Club Code of Conduct:
Since coaches are typically not trained teachers, we are fortunate to have a faculty staff who
continues to be willing to be our faculty advisor. Lorraine Sousa will help mentor and manage
We are anticipating a big group this year. To keep things productive and manageable, we will be implementing a club conduct code. Students that do not follow and respect club rules will be asked
to leave club that day, the student is welcome back the next session but if inappropriate behavior persists, the student will again be asked to leave the club/lab/classroom. Club members will be signing an agreement for conduct, cooperation and respect for each other as well as school property. A copy will be emailed to parents.
Links for FLL challenge:
2015 Trash Trek Challenge
Trash Trek Resources:
Lorraine Sousa, faculty advisor SousaL@weston.org
Abrar Qureshi, coach firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Green, coach/snack email@example.com
Helen Poon, treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen Debenham, coach email@example.com