Here’s the final update from TSM Roboteam, the UK’s representatives at the FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival in St Louis, US.
Friday 27th April
Friday is robot day! There are only three robot rounds unless there is a tie.
Our first round was at 11:15. Back to the Edward Jones dome again. Four parents were also allowed to join us there like in the judging sessions. The first round went well except for the thermometer which stuck again! But we were allowed the points. The problem was that it skewed the robot off course so it failed the following mission. We could only hope for better luck next time!
Next robot round. Thermometer stuck again! Score given. But the kitchen timer mission still worked. Scored 193.
Before our final round we were interviewed to tell people about ourselves and about how we are enjoying the event. We were on the big screen and it was also on NASA TV and people back home saw us!
The robot rounds are over, but we’re happy we did our best and enjoyed demonstrating our work. The judges and referees are all very friendly and we had fun with them.
Another judge came to talk to us at our pit table. She asked a lot of questions about our team and she was really interested in our research project work.
Our team t-shirts and UK hats are now covered with badges, so we’d better not get too close to any magnets!
We had to clear our team table today as the FLL World Festival is nearly over.
We will be going to the awards ceremony tomorrow and it’ll be the last time we see all the teams together.
Saturday and beyond……..
We had a chance to do a bit more sightseeing and final shopping on Saturday morning. Macy’s store was especially popular!
Saturday afternoon was the FLL awards ceremony in the Ballroom at the America’s Centre. All the teams went up on stage to receive World Festival medals in recognition of the time and work put into qualifying for this event. We didn’t receive an award, but still knew that we had done well and our best award was the whole experience of being here. The World Champions are the Falcons from Japan. We all cheered as they got their prize.
We were handed our judging results sheets. Although our robot performance was a bit disappointing compared with what we normally expect, the overall score for Research Project, Robot Technical and Core Values was over 80% which we are very pleased with.
As we left we said goodbye to some of the other teams. We’re going to keep in touch with our Friendship Day team from St Louis, and with our Alliance team from Texas (we both really liked the chef’s hats we made for each other).
Saturday night we were about to head out for a meal when a thunderstorm passed over and there were hailstones the size of golfballs. We had to wait about half an hour before it was safe to go outside. On the news it said that the hail had broken some car windscreens!
We flew back home on Sunday. We were worried that we might miss our connecting flight from Chicago as there was only about 50 minutes between flights, so we hoped our Chicago flight wouldn’t be delayed. It turned out alright but we were half an hour late arriving at Heathrow because of congestion and had to fly round in circles for a while!
We arrived back home around midday which was about 06:00 St Louis time. So it’s going to take a while to adjust to UK time. We’re back to school on Tuesday….can’t wait to tell all our friends about our adventure!