Steampunk Robotics Club


Core Values

Learn the Core Values! For everyone new to the team this year, the FLL competition has 3 parts - the robot game, the research project, and Core Values. The Core Values portion of the program focuses on the team learning to work together, to respect each other, to work with integrity, and to contribute to the team and to society. Please make sure that you memorize and understand the following Core Values of FLL:

We are a team.

We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.

We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.

We honor the spirit of friendly competition.

What we discover is more important than what we win.

We share our experiences with others.

We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.

We have FUN!

Core Value of the Week

Every week, we will have a Core Value of the Week. Everyone can take time to reflect on the meaning of that core value and think of ways that they can embody it.

What we discover is more important than what we win.

Next week, we are going to focus on goal setting (and then obviously goal achieving). But in addition to team goals, I want each of you to think of a personal goal that you would like to reach through your involvement in the team. Maybe you want to become a better public speaker. Maybe you want to learn how to produce a magazine or a yearbook. Maybe you want to get into photography or film making. Maybe you want to become a better leader. Or maybe you want to start making robots from scratch. Whatever it may be, be ready to talk about it on Tuesday and start coming up with a plan on how it can be achieved through your Steampunk involvement. Why do I want you to do this? Because, at the end of the day, whether we win all these tournaments and go to world or not, it is important that you gain something, some personal growth, during your FLL season.

Building and Programming

On our Google+ page, I have posted several programming videos to help you with some more advanced programming. Please watch them!

Anyone who feels that they still need help on the basics of EV3 programming, click on the link below and also see Coach Pita during class for assistance. One of our goals for the season is to make sure that everyone understands the basics of programming.

Additional programming help here.

We are still working on attachments. Please remember, complex may look good, but keeping it simple is the way to go. Bulky attachments may work in your hand, but the little motor that is meant to power them won't be able to pull it off. Also remember that 12 attachments may be an amazing accomplishment, but 1 attachment that can do 12 things would be even better!

Great help for building attachments here.

FLLCasts - Building a Competition Robot for the FLL Competition


New Research Project

Before we left for vacation, I challenged everyone to come up with an amazing out-of-this-world OMG research project idea. The math kits are great and we are definitely going to incorporate them into our outreach, but they are not WOW enough for our main project. Remember, this is an opportunity to create something that can change education forever! If you make a toy or game, we could take it to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Think BIG guys!!!

Come in Tuesday prepared to pitch your idea - do background research, verify whether or not your idea is unique and what exists out there that is similar. If you find out through your research that your idea is not unique enough to count as innovative, come up with something else.

As I stated before, if we decide to use your idea for the research project, you will win $10, so put some effort into researching it and making it awesome (don't just come in on Tuesday and speak off the top of your head - because even if you can come up with an awesome idea in 5 minutes, you will not have done the research to verify that it is innovative).

Please review the FLL research document to make sure that your idea fits with what we are looking for - - NEWBIES, this document also gives the rules on the robot game, so please read over everything and familiarize yourself with it.

Robot Rally

Saturday, Nov. 15th, 12-4pm

1100 South Marietta Pkwy SE

Marietta, GA

This is one of the opportunities we learned about at the Maker Faire. Read more about it here. I would like for us to go as a group, so be sure to register here for your free tickets. It is also free to participate, so I will be discussing with the team whether or not they want to put a robot in the competition.