Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hydro Dynamics materials

All of our reference material for the season challenge can be found here!

Hydro Dynamics Challenge Guides

Take a look to get an idea of what we'll be working on this year.

Monday, September 11, 2017

First meeting this week!

Our team will have its first meeting on Wednesday, September 13. 

We'll begin at 5:30 sharp!  Same room as last year (just past the 3/4 classrooms on the left as you walk towards the Common Area). 

At 6:40, parents should join us for the last 20 minutes where we'll cover team expectations for the season. 

Want to see what this year's theme is?  Take a peek...



The project...

And the Robot Game!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017-2018 Team Forming

Our Westford School Robotics team is gearing up for another great year of exploring engineering and programming.  

In order to best serve our students, I'd like to get an idea of how many children are interested in joining the team.  Our First Lego League (FLL) team participates in the state/national competition which is split between three main goals:  the robot challenge (design and program a Lego Mindstorm vehicle), the innovation project (research and invent to solve problems on this year's topic, "Hydro Dynamics"), and building the skills of teamwork/cooperation/gracious professionalism.  

Please fill out this short survey if your child is potentially interested in joining the team.  We anticipate starting to meet by early September. 


Students are only eligible if they are between the ages of 9-13 at the start of the school year.  Although we have a lot of fun, our team requires students to commit and work hard both during and outside of practices.  Last year we met for 5 hours per week, and even more as competition time neared.  Our hard work paid off, and we hope to build on that experience this year.  

If you are interested in being a team mentor, please contact me to learn more.

Thanks for helping us plan for a successful year!

Friday, June 16, 2017

BeeFinder.org goes 100% live

Innovating on a new idea has some pretty big milestones.  The first comes when you get your big "aha moment".  The next when you make your first mock-up prototype.

It's those next steps, though, that can be the toughest.  After you know what you want to build and what it takes to do it, then the realities set in.  Do we have enough expertise to turn the mock up into reality?  How about the money to get it done?

We have some very exciting news to share...

Our team collaborated with Erik Engstrom, the GIS Pro at Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources to validate our project ideas and future direction.  He was an excellent source of information.  In fact, he believed in our concept so much that he volunteered his time to take our specification, and code it into a real, working demo that can find native bee habitat ANYWHERE in the entire state of Vermont.  

This is incredible!  It not only proves that our concept works, but it shows just how inexpensive the idea is to implement.  It's a launching point to demo our concept and find the right connections to take it to the next level.  It shows the power of our innovation.  Thank you Erik!

You can give it a test.  Hop on over to the site (yes, that's a vermont.gov web address!) and give it a go.  After loading in the maps, you'll be able to click on "Tools" to pull up various layers and see what ideal potential native bee habitat you have in your yard, town, county, or state!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Our BeeFinder.og commercial

Here's a sneak peek at our "advertising campaign" for our project.  Enjoy!



Monday, May 15, 2017

Period Pandas in the news

Check out the great spot that ABC22/FOX44 did about our team!

http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/westfords-periodic-pandas-heading-to-washington-dc-for-first-lego-league/712806786

Here's some behind the scenes pictures...







Friday, May 12, 2017

FLL Semi-finalists announced!

The list of semi-finalists for the Global Innovation Award has been announced.

Check out the list on the FLL website to see our team's info (and 19 others).  We'll have the opportunity to meet and work with teams from across the world.

See any ideas that inspire you?