Robotics FLL Team 2014

St John Catholic School Automaton’s District Competition

by team member Cole

The St. John Automatons went to their first competition last Saturday, November 15, 2014. It was at Memorial High School in Tulsa and was a FIRST Lego League Qualifier. We designed, built,and programmed a robot to do tasks such as opening a door, turning a barrier, and pulling a lever.
The Automatons placed first in the Robot Design Award and another first in the Robot Performance Award. The team even made it to the state competition in Edmond on December sixth! The state competition is called the First Lego League Championship, and will include the top teams from all around the state! The Automatons' score in the robot run was 145 points, pulling ahead in the third round to 15 points more than the second-place team, the Brickineers! The team also had to do a team build and present our innovative solution to the judges.
The members of the team are Jamie Templeton, Anna Jones, Jonathon Thibeault, Ryan Blattler, Lucas Ortiz, Cole Spencer, Joseph Jones, and Aiden Kimmer. Our coaches are Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Kimmer, and Jamie is the team captain. Our advisor is Mr. Register, a Tri-County Tech robotics teacher. The Automatons had lots of free time in their pit area, so we played games like Mad Libs, Uno, cards, and sometimes read books. We celebrated our two first place trophies and invitation to the state competition after the competition. The Automatons rocked!

 
Team Spirit

 

"I am so proud of the St. John Automatons, our school robotics team. Saturday November, 15 they competed in the Tulsa FLL Qualifying Event at Memorial High School. There were three qualifiers going on at the same event. The St. John Automatons placed 1st in Robot Design and 1st in Robot Performance in their qualifier. The placements are wonderful; however, it is how the kids dealt with the day and how they handled the challenges that the day threw at them that made me the most proud. They prayed together as a team before every event. This was not prompted by the coaches. The kids decided to do this on their own." Mary Jones 

When we got to Robot Design, where the kids explained how the robot was built and programmed the kids got a big disappointment. We had built Community Learning, an interactive element, wrong for our practice mat. So the loop on the Community Learning was turned 90 degrees, from the way we had practiced it in our meetings. When this was discovered, with the judges still present, the kids immediately started suggesting ways to deal with problem. We thought it was likely that Community Learning, a 25 point element, would not work. The kids worked on the problem over lunch and decided to add a small bar to the attachment, changed one rotation just a little bit, and hoped for the best.

Our first round at the table was a disaster. Talon, the team robot, was doing nothing right. It was turning in the opposite direction from the way it was supposed go on very turn and kept running into the walls of the table. After that round, the kids thought they were in real trouble. Until, it was discovered that the cables on the robot were put back into the wrong ports following a battery replacement. The second round was a mixed; the robot tore the door off its hinges and failed to complete all the elements of that mission. Talon also came back at an angle after interacting with the Engagement element failing to enter base costing the team our third penalty. A fourth penalty was picked up when the bumper fell off the robot leaving base. However, everyone jumped with joy when the robot grabbed the loop off Community Learning and threw it into the air. The few changes the kids made had worked. The kids again gathered together and discussed the problems in the round. Since the door attachment had not fully opened the door, they decided to move the robot over by ¼ of an inch on the last run. As we got ready for the last run, I told the kids round 3, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, this is your round. The kids said another prayer thanking God for the day and asking him to help their robot do what it was supposed to do. It was an almost perfect run. The placement change worked and the door opened allowing two more missions be completed successfully 

At the end of the last mission, Talon again threw the loop off Community Learning and into the air. All the kids and their coaches were jumping and shouting for joy. The highest run score is the one that counted for your team, so that run won the robot game for the St. John Automatons. It was truly an amazing and blessed day. Our day has earned us the privilege of being able to compete at the Oklahoma Championship December 6 th in Edmond Oklahoma

St John Robotics Team State Results 

 

When we got to Robot Design, where the kids explained how the robot was built and programmed the kids got a big disappointment. We had built Community Learning, an interactive element, wrong for our practice mat. So the loop on the Community Learning was turned 90 degrees, from the way we had practiced it in our meetings. When this was discovered, with the judges still present, the kids immediately started suggesting ways to deal with problem. We thought it was likely that Community Learning, a 25 point element, would not work. The kids worked on the problem over lunch and decided to add a small bar to the attachment, changed one rotation just a little bit, and hoped for the best.

Our first round at the table was a disaster. Talon, the team robot, was doing nothing right. It was turning in the opposite direction from the way it was supposed go on very turn and kept running into the walls of the table. After that round, the kids thought they were in real trouble. Until, it was discovered that the cables on the robot were put back into the wrong ports following a battery replacement. The second round was a mixed; the robot tore the door off its hinges and failed to complete all the elements of that mission. Talon also came back at an angle after interacting with the Engagement element failing to enter base costing the team our third penalty. A fourth penalty was picked up when the bumper fell off the robot leaving base. However, everyone jumped with joy when the robot grabbed the loop off Community Learning and threw it into the air. The few changes the kids made had worked. The kids again gathered together and discussed the problems in the round. Since the door attachment had not fully opened the door, they decided to move the robot over by ¼ of an inch on the last run. As we got ready for the last run, I told the kids round 3, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, this is your round. The kids said another prayer thanking God for the day and asking him to help their robot do what it was supposed to do. It was an almost perfect run. The placement change worked and the door opened allowing two more missions be completed successfully. 

At the end of the last mission, Talon again threw the loop off Community Learning and into the air. All the kids and their coaches were jumping and shouting for joy. The highest run score is the one that counted for your team, so that run won the robot game for the St. John Automatons. It was truly an amazing and blessed day. Our day has earned us the privilege of being able to compete at the Oklahoma Championship December 6 th in Edmond Oklahoma

The members of the team are Jamie Templeton, Anna Jones, Jonathon Thibeault, Ryan Blattler, Lucas Ortiz, Cole Spencer, Joseph Jones, and Aiden Kimmer. Our coaches are Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Kimmer, and Jamie is the team captain. Our advisor is Mr. Register, a Tri-County Tech robotics teacher. The Automatons had lots of free time in their pit area, so we played games like Mad Libs, Uno, cards, and sometimes read books. We celebrated our two first place trophies and invitation to the state competition after the competition. The Automatons rocked!

St John Robotics Team State Results

Our robotics team, the

St John Catholic School Automatons competed at state against 40 teams and Placed:

5th place in the Robot Game

and

1st place in Core Values.

St. John Catholic School

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Mrs. Lexie Radebaugh, Principal

radebaugh@sjcs-ok.org

Tel: 918-336-0603

secretary@sjcs-ok.org

816 South Keeler Ave.

Bartlesville, OK 74003