Events: April 23-26: World Championships in St.
April 23-26 three of our teams headed to St.
Louis for the US FIRST World Championships. For
four days we mingled with about 12,000 kids from
51 countries aggregately displaying a dizzying
array of technology solutions to the various
challenges. Our teams did well and continued to
learn new lessons and reinforce lessons learned
throughout the season. There were leaders from
every major corporation and
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke to all the teams
and played basketball against an FRC bot. Dozens
of colleges vied for the attention of the
students. Industry leaders from a wide range of
technology disciplines had full trade show
More than 20,000 people jammed the stands to watch
the final rounds. Click on the panorama for a
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Our teams posing with the "Arch"
FTC 7 waits for their next round with their
Danielle continues to amuse the audience with
FTC 3941 welcomed a number of judges and
Many of this years FTC bots could lift crates
well over 12 feet. Yikes!
The FLL students visited the pits throughout the
day. Danielle shares her experience with FTC.
Our enthusiastic team cheers from the stands
with Sophie's number cards.
Kevin and Sam handed out more than 1000
TechBrick Rulers to all the FLL teams.
Our JrFLL team, the Hutchin's Snackers (Tommy,
Lizzie, and their mentor, Maria) joined about
100 other teams from around the world.
Our JrFLL team met other teams from around the
Kareem addresses the combined teams at the
Buttons and more buttons. All the teams shared
buttons with each other significantly weighing
down many students.
Our JrFLL team, the Hutchkins Snackers, had a
great time meeting teams from all over the
Mark Hoppel, one of our FTC/FRC members, ran an
encryption contest. A member of FTC 154 won a
custom shirt and scarf.
Our FRC team did better and better as the days went
on. They ended with four great rounds in which
they were the significant scoring bot.