• California Day 4

    May 20, 2013
    Today was our most challenging day and our best day. We started out with Core Values judging. It went well, but we felt it could have gone better. When we went to hear the list of callbacks, we heard that we had gotten a callback in Core Values. We were so excited because this last callback meant that we were one of two teams in the whole competiton that had gotten callbacks in all three judging categories. We were the first team scheduled for Core Values callback judging. We went there and had our best judging session EVER! Nothing could have gone better and we brought all of our parents to tears. [...]

  • California Day 3

    May 19, 2013
    Today was the first day of the competition. Our first judging category was technical judging. We thought it went really well. The judges liked our line following, fail safes, and programming. Steve(our robot) ran beautifully which we were really thankful for. Right after that, we went across the room to our project and research judging. We thought this judging also went well because the skit ran smoothly, everyone projected their voices, and the judges seemed impressed with our meeting with Verizon. [...]

  • California Day 2

    May 18, 2013
    Today we did a Scavenger hunt at Legoland! We got to meet SOOO many teams! We met the Korean teams, the Rockin Robo Rabbits, and even a few from Canada. It was so much fun to meet kids from around the world participating in Lego League. Then, we got to practice running the robot on the practice board. Apparently, Steve(our robot) has been wanting to vacation somewhere warm because he ran REALLY well. We hope that he continues to perform like that for the actual timed runs. Then, we did some rides at Legoland like The Dragon roller coaster and the Bionicle Blasters spinning ride. Next, after exploring, getting lost, and using a power plant tower as our only reference, we made our first trip to the ocean. We were all thrilled, including Liam and John because it was their very first trip to the ocean. We bodysurfed for a long time in the huge waves, saw some dolphins playing in the distance, and searched for shells on the beach to bring back home. It was so much fun!! Finally, we ended the day by eating a spaghetti dinner as a team. [...]

  • California Day 1

    May 17, 2013
    We are here! We had a good flight and got to see the Rocky Mountains for the first time! The pilot was so excited for us that he wished us luck over the plane’s PA system. San Diego is a BLAST and the competition hasn’t even started! Today we visited Sea World and saw the famous Shamu, sea turtles, sharks, and many more. We rode the Manta roller coaster and the Shipwreck Rapids ride. Finally, we had a delicious dinner at Phil’s BBQ. [...]

  • Countdown Commence

    May 13, 2013
    We are three days away from our trip. The final team meeting was held today to wrap up a few things and prepare for the last time! [...]