We interview Jason Morrella Executive Director and Co-founder of the Revolution Robotics Foundation. We learn where the idea for a new robotics system based upon Open Source came from, their plans to be less proprietary while keeping prices down, and their very cool idea for a Grand Slam of Robotics. Link to Kickstarter
We interview Team 191 JP2 Legacy, winner of the Minnesota FLL state championship. We learn how they craft their presentation, the amount of time they put in each week, their favorite Doctor and something rather interesting about Astronaut fingernails. Website
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.
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 Vex World Championships in Louisville. In 2018 we headed back to Worlds after winning the Regional Design Award and ended up 8th in the Science Division. This year we took home the Regional Excellence award and headed back to Worlds. But most importantly we have met some great teams from around the world and always have a great time competing.
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