Monday, May 9, 2011

Sonoma County Robotics Challenge

For the past several months, Emma Jo has given up her lunch recess in order to build her first robot. Windsor Christian Academy offers the junior high students the opportunity to participate in a Robotics Club which is formed to compete in the county wide robotics challenge.

Emma and her friend, Veronica, formed a team and decided to compete in the free form challenge. This year's theme was Robots That Dance. The girls built a simple robot but worked very hard on the programming of its dance.

I had no idea what was in store for us when Emma, Henry and I left the house at 6:30 Saturday morning to get to the competition. The day was typical of any organized activity. Hurry up and wait. With over 200 competitors, there was a lot of waiting.

Windsor Christian had a team of 6 people and 4 robots. Emma's team was the first to compete.

Later in the morning the "Follow the Line" competition took place.

Then we had one more freestyle robot compete. Unfortunately I didn't get any picture of it due to a hungry Henry.
We stayed around for the awards ceremony and were stunned to get a 3rd and 1st place in the Free Form event.

Then we got a 1st place in the Line Following event.

Then after another wait they announced the overall awards.
We were elated to get the "Team Spirit" award.

And in complete disbelief to get the overall "Golden Propeller Award" which was the Grand Champion of all awards.

Four trophies for four robots and six students isn't too shabby. Especially when you consider that only one student was a returning competitor.

We headed back to Windsor for a celebratory Frozen Yogurt and gathered our teammate who missed most of the awards ceremony.

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