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You have found the website for the OxfordEnergy
Lego Robotics team. The team consists of dedicated kids and coaches from
Addison Township, and Oxford Community Schools in Michigan. Please have
a look around. We are just getting started on the 2007 challenge, so
there will be many updates, please come back often.
2008 Climate Connections Update.
We have been working hard, and the website has
taken a back seat, but here is a quick update on the year so
far. Please check back, as we will be updating the site with
more 2008 content shortly.
season! Three competitions and three new trophies! Go Team! Lots
of hard work…lots of memories!
This year we invented our own unique robot design that
the students called “The Fortress”. It was modified numerous
times to improve robot performance on the board throughout the
various competitions. The robot challenges were much more
difficult this year than in previous years.
gathering items and delivering them to specific locations to
opening a window and closing a shade on a model LEGO house, the
missions required some creative thinking when it came to
designing and programming the robot.
This year's project involved identifying a
climate-related problem and coming up with an innovative
solution. The students interviewed a farmer, a tilling company
owner, local lakefront homeowners Bob and Sue James, a chemistry
professor, an agricultural specialist, the education director
for the Clinton River Watershed Council, the environmental
planner for the Oakland County Drain Commissioner's Office and a
meteorologist at the National Weather Service Station in White
Lake. After several attempts to find a solution that didn't have
a patent, the students created their innovative solution which
was a three-tiered filtering system used to remove fertilizer
from surface runoff. They also created a video of their research
project and posted it on YouTube and TeacherTube as a way to
share it with others. It can be found by visiting
YouTube Oxford Wildcats #4308.
Flint Warm-Up Competition, the robot had a few challenges that
we had to work out but we were able to improve our scores on the
board throughout the day. We received a call back in Research
Quality and Teamwork where we had a special interview with a
panel of judges. Our project presentation was a hit and we
brought home the first place trophy for Research Quality. Good
Our robot’s performance continued to improve as we
moved on to the Monroe Regional Tournament. We had a Top Ten on
the boards and received our 2nd first place trophy
for Research Quality. Way to go Team!
At the state tournament, we received perfect scores in
Research Quality, Innovation Solution and Creative Presentation,
along with Top 5 status in the Programming and Robot Design
categories and Top 10 in Robot Performance. The team earned a
second place overall in a state tournament held Dec. 6 at the
Rock Financial Center in Novi.
December 8th 2007, Dateline Novi Michigan
It was a valiant effort, and the team fought
hard at each match, but came up just a little short on the robot
missions. We did not finish 1st and earn the opportunity to
represent Michigan at the F.I.R.S.T. World tournament at Atlanta
Georgia in April, but we did finish STRONG. As the day wore down
and the awards were announced we heard "TEAM #234" not once or
twice, but FIVE times! Make no mistake about it either, when we
heard the "Team #234" they heard us right roar right back at
them. The first time we heard "Team #234" it was to come on down
to pick up the 2nd place robot design trophy! Wow! Next we heard
"Team #234" during the top five teams in the Project Research
Quality, then top five in the Project Innovative solution, then
top five n Creative Presentation, and finally for the top five in Programming.
With all of the individual trophies handed out, it was down to the
main one, the Championship trophy! Once more "Team #234" was announced in the top
five listing, but in the end it was the
Electrolights, a home school team from
South Lyon, that earned the 1st place trophy. It would be
later in the week, we would find out the final ranking and that
we had finished 4th in the overall rankings. It was a long
day, a long season, and a lot of hard work. This year we fell
just a little short of the mark set by our completion, but we'll
be back.... Good luck to the
Electrolights and represent Michigan
2005 - Ocean Odyssey 15th State
2006 - Nanotechnology 9th in
the State Flint
2007 - Power Puzzle - 4th in
the State Novi
2008 - Climate Connections -
??? (well we know now, 2nd at Novi :)
What a good team!
It was a very good year!
Did we have fun?
December 1st 2007, Dateline Monroe Michigan
(tink, tic, tickity tick, tink)
Well all the work was done, and now was the time to Stand and
Deliver, and Deliver we did!
The day started quickly, as we were the first team to do our
project presentation. We wowed the judges with our presentation
on the Addison Township Library, and scored one of the highest
project scores of the day. Next we were shuffled directly in to
the robot technical where our hard work on the robot and
programs paid off with perfect scores in the Design and
Programming, WOW! Now we were off to teamwork. At teamwork there
was a little discussion about our pre-rookie (there only
eight) members of the team Ben and Olivia and whether or not
they should take part in the teamwork event. Well the team
decided to let them participate, and while we coaches could not
observe this event, they must have made the right decision. The
team came out, and were all smiles and laughing. It would be
later in the day we would find out they also earned a perfect
score in teamwork. Whew, it is now around 9:45am and there is
nothing left to do but run the board. The first match was a
practice match, so the team took this opportunity to get a head
start on next year, and let the 8 year olds have a taste of the
pressures of competition, the robot jammed but they remained
cool under pressure and walked away with 210. Next up was Wesley
and Emily's turn at the board with the first record match of the
day. There was a false start, and when the board was reset, our
line ups were just a smidge off, and we missed the solar panel.
Still Wes and Emily finished the rest of the run very clean and
ended up with a 325 when it was all tallied up. After Lunch it
was Zac and Austin's turn to prove what they were made of, and
they did. The match started with a perfect drop of the solar
panel and "Harry Vader" into the ocean. Good execution on the
satellite, and all was well until the power plant, and we missed
the big finish with a nick on the wind turbine with the power
lines. Yet they improved the score of the day, and walked away
with first place 365. Last up was Sean and Courtney and this
team of younger siblings of Zac and Emily were out to show what
they are made of. I thought Courtney was going to pass out
before the match, but once the starting bell was rung, those
butterflies flew the coup. The solar panel once again proved to
be the nemesis of Team #234, but other than that one glitch, it
was a clean board. At the end of the match they had bettered
their score once again to 385, which stood as the best of
day by anyone.
Team #234 would like to thank all of the judges and volunteers
at the Monroe Tournament. We look forward with gracious
professionalism to seeing all of the advancing teams next week
November 3, 2007 - Lego Fever Warm Up, Flint Michigan
We had a
slow start, as we learned the hard way what a robot does when
you forget to plug in a NXT motor after a battery change...
Nothing... First round score, big fat GOOSE egg... 0. That
failure was short lived, as the next round we bounced back with
our high score of the day, 245. Not good enough to be FIRST on
the board, as one team put up 360! WOW! The day ended on a high
note as we took home the 1st place programming trophy!
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