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Robotics For Kids — Middle School

FLL Lego Robotics Tournaments Start In November

It's that time of year again! In November, the local Lego robotics tournaments will begin & we HIGHLY recommend that you attend a weekend tournament in your area! It's FREE for the whole family to attend too. It's very exciting to see the Lego robots & watch the teams compete. It's also interesting to see how each Lego robot is built differently to solve the same tasks! Some robots are more successful at getting points than others & you can learn why.

So, are you interested in attending?!? We recommend a couple things:

1. Figure out which local robotics competition to attend

  • Check out http://www.usfirst.org/whats-going-on. Look for "FIRST Lego League (FLL)" for ages 9-14 & "Jr. First Lego League (Jr. FLL)" for ages 6-9.
  • Google FLL & your city name to see if there are any local websites with more competitions

 2. Learn more about this year's robot game called "2015 Trash Trek Challenge" so you learn what the robots are doing & how the robots can score points. Check out this video:

3. Learn the basics of what FLL is all about by watching this video below:

 

And if you're interested in joining a team for next year, keep in mind that you can introduce yourself to an FLL team coach or start your own team next year! 

Have fun & let us know if you enjoyed the tournament! Also, what did you learn? 

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VEX IQ Robot Kits - Ready To Build A Robot?

Are you ready to learn how to build a robot? For kids ages 9 & up, the VEX IQ Super robotics kits & LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits are 2 of best robot kits for beginners that you'll want to consider buying. Keep in mind that these robot kits are perfect if you are ready to get into robotics & want to build a lot of robots!! If you like construction toys like LEGO & want to learn how to make them "do" things, robotics is for you. 

As for the Vex IQ Robotics Kit, it is $300 & comes with 850 pieces including 7 sensors, 4 motors, radio controller, & robot brain. For programming the robot, you can use a graphical programming language Modkit or RobotC. This robot kit is generally used in classrooms, robotics clubs, or for VEX robotics competitions. However, you can also teach yourself at home through the free online curriculum & tutorials. Keep in mind that if you're still in elementary school, you may need an adult to help you get started.

Check out this excellent video for a review of the VEX IQ Super Kit:

And in case you need to explain to your parents or teachers what you'll be learning from the VEX IQ robotics program, have your parents or teachers watch this video:

Are you ready to learn how to make a robot? Are you ready for a VEX IQ Kit?

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Batman Trades Batmobile For Robot Dinosaur

The Miposaur is one awesome robot dinosaur pet! You can train or play with this remote control dinosaur by controlling it through a mobile app on a smart phone or tablet.

Check out this funny video to learn how the Miposaur works AND to see if Batman, Superman, or The Flash keeps the Miposaur: 

Will the Miposaur be on your wishlist this Christmas?

Let us know what you think of this dino robot in the comments below!

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2015 VEX IQ Robotics World Championship

Congrats to middle school teams Discobots XRay (2587X) & Elementrix (7065A)! They won 1ST PLACE at the 2015 VEX IQ Robotics World Championship, which was hosted in Louisville, Kentucky!! 

This year's VEX IQ Challenge Game is called "Skyrise". The robots move & stack the red, green, & blue blocks.

Check out this instant replay video of the last & final match of this robotics competition:

 

If you want a review of the rules of the 2015 VEX IQ Skyrise Challenge Game, check this video out:

 

Do you want to go to the VEX IQ Robotics World Championship this year?

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2015 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship

Congrats to high school teams Lynfield College Robotics (2915A), T-VEX JAWZ (9090C), & Starfox (2131C) for ranking 1ST PLACE in the 2015 VRC (VEX Robotics Competition) World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky!! What a feat!

The VEX EDR robots are medium-sized robots & each VEX EDR robot kit costs $400 & up. These robotics kits are a great introduction to educational robotics for middle school & high school students. With helpful instructions & tools, any student or hobbyist can build their first robot in hours. In addition, there is a free VEX EDR curriculum that helps teachers & students through the robotics build and competition process.

This year's 2015 VRC game is called "Skyrise". Each game is played on a 12’x12’ square field & there is a blue alliance & red alliance. Each alliance is made up of 2 high school robot teams. The alliances compete in 2 minute matches, consisting of a brief autonomous period followed by a driver remote-controlled period. The goal of the game is to score the highest by moving colored cubes on the floor, building posts, & building "skyrises" with the colored cubes.

Check out the exciting last & final round of this year's VRC world championship:

Check out this video to learn how this year's VRC Skyrise game works & how points are scored:

Are you ready to get involved in the annual high school VEX robotics competition (VRC)?

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