We interview the winner of FLL's Top Innovative Solution award at this years Worlds, Team 492 from Lincoln Middle School in Mount Prospect IL. We learn about the history of the team, the amount of time they dedicate during development and hear about their outreach efforts.
We highlight the Champions from the FIRST LEGO League and the FIRST LEGO League JR divisions at both Houston and Detroit along with Vex IQ, Vex VRC/EDR and Vex U from Louisville.
We interview Worlds bound Vex IQ Team 1715C Robohillers Cool Cats. Learn what it takes to earn a spot to Worlds, where they got their name and how they raised money for the trip.
We interview Veronica Bitz, REC Foundation Regional Support Manager and learn what it takes to start a VEX IQ team. From registering, to which kit to buy, all the way to qualifying for Worlds.
We interview Kim Wierman, Director FIRST Lego League to learn how you start your own team. We touch on initial costs, registering a team and we even get a scoop about software usage.
As the world takes a break from robotics due to the holidays and New Year, we check out the current high scores.
I hold an Electrical Engineering degree and worked for 12 yrs in both the Defense and Commercial Sectors.
I hold two teaching licenses:
1. VocEd Engineering/Technology Chap 74
2. Instructional Technology Chap 70
With 10yrs in Education as a teacher I now spend as much time as possible geeking out with all things Robot.
I am also a volunteer Vex IQ Team Mentor (#24036S). In 2017 we won the MA/RI Regional title and qualified for the Vex World Championships in Louisville, KY. In 2018 I am happy to report we headed back to Worlds after winning both the Driving Skills and Design Award and ended up 8th in the Science Division. But most importantly we met some great teams from around the world and had a great time competing.
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