Tuesday, January 22, 2008

First Lego League

First Lego League, that's the competition I'm in for Lego. we've Been building and programing Lego Mindstorms robots for an international competition on the 26th of January and right now it's crunch time, that's why I haven't been posting for so long, I've been at the Lepines house almost every third day for about two months and were really making headway now. the theme for the First Lego League this year is Environmental awareness and each team has to build and design a robot that will do certain tasks on a table which has Lego models on it, such as a house and a satellite, an off shore oil rig, and a power plant. we (as a team) have to build a robot that will do various tasks on the table and we also have to make a presentation to a panel of judges. for our presentation we had to pick a local building that the entire team is familiar with and then we had to do an energy audit and brainstorm ways to help improve the energy efficiency of the building, and the fun part is that our "recommendations" do NOT have to be feasible and they do not even have use existing technology, so we all whipped up some crazy new (and not so new) technology that we researched and then we put together our presentation. but right now our presentation is about 15 minutes long, where as it should be about 5 minutes or less.
yikes.
well all is not lost, we have got all our programing done (with just a few loose ends) and we have figured out our team costume. now every year teams have been dressing up in crazy costumes with big hair to make them stand out from the crowd, and well, we're really gonna show them now.

we are dressing up like geeks and nerds.

yes, you heard me, geeks and nerds. we are going to wear white dress shirts, plaid pants that are to small, slicked back hair, glasses that are all taped up, ( mine have green masking tape, how delightfully nerdy!) pocket protectors (if we can find any) and last but definitely not the least, Duct tape ties. we have green duct tape ties, black duct tape ties, red duct tape ties, and I am, just to add to the ultra geeky look that I'm going for, going to have a Dilbert tie.
now, if you've never read the Dilbert comics you will not know what I'm talking about. A Dilbert tie is a tie that sticks up, instead of laying down flat like a good tie should. mine is also made of good ol' silver duct tape.
so watch out you other Lego League Members, for the Envirobot Geeks are coming your way.
Josh.
( P.S, if you would like to come and see us at the Competition, it's going to be held at the NAIT building in Edmonton, the table competitions will be held in the main gym on the 26th of January and the madness will begin at about 12:00, about. hope to see you all there!)
(P.P.S, here's two pictures.)

8 comments:

Runs With Scissors said...

oh ya! Now that's a cool look!

arlene said...

Ooops...that was me commenting under your account. Next time log out!(you'd think a geek would know to do THAT!)
mom

Runs With Scissors said...

Well I THOUGHT that I logged out, that's weird...
and yes, it's a very sophisticated look if you ask me...
;)

Dan said...

Yeah, definitely a cool look! I would love to come on Saturday, but unfortunatly, I have a scout camp on that day. :( But have fun and good luck! :)

Runs With Scissors said...

yeah, I think that the tie is just to much fun, and the glasses... well, what can I say?.

Kathleen said...

You're a scream! I love the geekiness! :D

Karyn/Mom said...

got any pictures of all of you geeks together?
Love the glasses.

Runs With Scissors said...

I do but there on moms computer, but I'll see if I can post them on here sometime...