Thank you to everyone who donated!
So far we have spend the money on Yellow 3D printer filament (used for the project and merchandising), an LED Strip for the project, electronics for the project and an extra small motor for the EV3 Mindstorm robotics kit.
Thank you to everyone who donated!
Team Lighting won the champions trophy at Swansea Waterfront Museum.
Up against 13 other schools from around Wales, we competed in the robot game, core values, technical judging (which we won last year) and the project side.
This year's theme was how we interact with animals.
As we won, we are now representing Wales at the UK and Ireland Finals in Bristol in February.
The five of us started working on the FLL annual competition in September 2015. After many months of building a robot for the challenge and creating a project idea to be presented, we attended the competition on the 10th of December, 2015 at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.
The robot game consisted of a new course of objectives on a mat. We had to design, create and program an intuitive robot that by itself did these tasks. Each task had points assign to it and simply the highest scoring team would win that part of the competition. After the round we scored about 200 points which is good but came 4th out of all the teams.
Our robot design was also scored by technical judges. We were glad to hear that we won this section of the competition.
The project side of the competition was to create an idea that helped solve the problem of rubbish. We came up with many ideas but we decided an app that would give local recycling info. However, we did not gain success from this idea, yet we had fun creating it and presenting it.
The event ended with the presentation of awards and we were given the technical design trophy and found out that we came 3rd out of the whole of Wales. The five of us all had a lot of fun and learnt new team working skills whilst participating. We look forward to doing the same competition next year.
Team Lightning grabbed victory at Technocamps of 2015! After many challenges to overcome, the team successfully tackled through them to gain 1st place in the competition.
We planned and built the robot over 6 weeks - the entire team contributed to the football goalkeeper ZEUS. The main problem was fine tuning the programming, this was done by Ben. As a team we worked very well together especially because of Edward's role organising. Everyone had a fair chance in participation and we all learnt new skills in a team and by ourselves too.
The objective of the challenge was to create a robot that would replace a human in a sport. The obvious first answer we came up with was a footballer but we wanted to be different. We kept with the sport of football however instead we planned and designed a goalkeeper.
Building it came with many problems; structure, mobility, and aesthetics were all key to make a good robot. Luckily a few of the team members had built complex designs with LEGO before so in the end the robot was very strong and looked attractive.
It works by using two ultrasonic sensors - one on the left and one on the right. If the left one could 'see' a ball closer to it than the other, then it would move to that direction, and vise versa. In the centre of the robot was a flipper mechanism which flicked the ball away from itself once it had been detected by a light sensor. For effect, we added a thunder sound and it would play on a hit.