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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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Trident ROV Swims Underwater Like Fish

Today, low-cost underwater ROVs (remote-operated vehicles) can only move in one direction at a time:  forward, back, left, right, up, or down. A company called OpenROV hopes to build a new underwater robot kit called the Trident. The Trident will be the first low-cost ROV kit that will be able glide or fly through water in any direction like a fish. OpenROV hopes that Trident will allow scientists, fisherman, & anyone else to explore the ocean in ways that they never have before! 

Watch the prototype of the Trident ROV in action in this video: 

Are you excited about what may be discovered with the Trident underwater ROV? What do you think will be found? Reefs? Shipwrecks? 

Let us know your thoughts about the Trident!

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Kid Galaxy Spinning Robot Is For Preschoolers

The Kid Galaxy robot is perfect for kids under 5 years old to get started with robotics early. Preschoolers will learn how to control a simple remote-controlled robot & also enjoy the robots' blinking eyes, spinning parts, & sounds while the robots move around the floor. 

Check out this video to watch the Kid Galaxy robot in action:

Here's a great video with a review from a mom about the Kid Galaxy Robot for her little ones:

 Do you think your preschoolers will like these robots?

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Dash And Dot Robots Teach Kids To Code On Mobile App

Dash and Dot robots are simple, cute, & fun robots that can be used at home to teach young kids (ages 5 & up) the basics of robotics. In addition, they are a great first robot to learn how to code or program on a mobile phone or tablet so that they can control the robot. What I really like about these robots is that there aren't many construction pieces (e.g. LEGOs), so you can really focus on learning the basics of programming a robot before you buy another robot kit with construction pieces. The Dash & Dot Wonder Pack is a great buy at $280. 

Dash and Dot robots are so fun that there is  an online "Dot & Dash Show" with 10 YouTube episodes. Each episode shows what you can make with these robots!

Check out the first episode of the Dash & Dot robot show in this video:

Check out this video to see a real kid show us his robot playing the xylophone & how he created the code to control the robot on his tablet:

Do you know how to program robots yet? If not, do the Dash & Dot robots seem fun & easy to learn?

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