Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
As part of our patent-oriented trip to Washington, DC, we visited Thomas Edison's Research Laboratory in West Orange, NJ on the way back. It is a National Park which had been closed for years but reopened about a year ago. It is awesome and right now you get to use an audio player which gives you a great tour with interesting background information about the whole exhibit for free. Kids under 16 are free and adults are only $7.
Thomas Edison held 1,093 patents and many of his inventions are on display. Park rangers give great tours of different buildings and can answer any question inquiring minds (like ours) want to know! Check out our slideshow for an inside look!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Check back on this blog to learn more and to follow our trip down to our nation's capital!
YMCA National Capital, Washington, DC
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We were so happy to help out at the workshop and give the rookie coaches our best advice after 6 years, 16 tournaments, and 16 trophies (9 of those Champion's Awards)!
Check out our video slideshow from the event below:
Friday, May 14, 2010
The highlight of the evening was the amazing introduction from the Chairman of the NHHTC, Mr. Matt Pierson, who said:
"In the 2008 season, the Boston Celtics beat out 28 teams to be the NBA Champions. In 2001-2005, the Patriots . . . beat out a total of 31 teams to win the Superbowl three times in that time span. Well, those accomplishments pale in comparison to the Inventioneers, the FIRST LEGO League team that recently beat out 15,000 teams to become the World Champions and I'd like to acknowledge them."
Which brought a standing ovation from the entire audience! A career highlight for the Inventioneers!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
We started working on this video public service announcement in December with an idea and a storyboard and finished it early in March after a TV studio taping and two editing sessions. Now it's being shown at conferences and on local television stations!
Take the Pledge:
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
We jumped up screaming and crying and ran up on stage. It took a while to sink in, everyone was congratulating us and we were hugging each other! We feel so honored because we know there were many good teams competing and to be chosen from such an awesome group is amazing!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Playing a hand game while waiting for a judging session
Thursday, April 15, 2010
At the International and National tournaments, the judging sessions can be extended - these are referred to as "call-backs". If the judges want to review the top teams or just talk further to a team, they put them on the "call-back" list. We were ecstatic when, at the end of the Opening Ceremonies, they announced Team 3013 was on the list! That means more meetings with the judges tomorrow!
The "rooms" are just curtained off areas in a huge hall (think warehouse), so it is really loud. The pit area is in the same hall, just on the other side of the curtains and there are seven teams being judged in seven side-by-side judging spaces. One team had some long 'tuned' tubes that they beat and banged together in different rhythms. Ordinarily that was interesting, but they went full volume while we were having our research judging. We are convinced the judges could read lips!
All the judges were really nice and encouraging. Then we had two practice rounds on the table. The robot worked great but we had some 'human player' snags. Still, 390 was not a bad score.
Waiting outside the judging rooms