On Thursday the 22nd of November, 12 Grade 3/4 students attended a Lego robotics excursion to Glendal Primary School. We were given a notice some weeks before the excursion. The attendees were Josh.B, Eric, Kaaviyan, Ethan, Henna, Steph, Nick, Kyle, Jeremy, Jameson, Lincoln and myself.
We departed around 11:00 and arrived soon after. Miss Rapinett, Mrs Smethurst and Mr Grossek provided us with transportation on the day and we arrived soon after. When arriving, I got to see my friend Hashi Soysa. He got to accompany me and show me round the science building. We got to meet their robotics team, it consisted of 5/6 students. The former team had won the 2009 FLL (First Lego League) Competition. They showed us this years theme, Senior Solutions. It consisted of some challenges to help the elderly do things they can’t do any more. Some of the challenges were walking the dog, making quilts, a medicine tube, a cardio machine, a strength machine, bowling, a machine that if you pulled one end, a ball would come out the other end and a balance activity.
Glendal was nice enough to provide us with a delicious snack during our stay.
We got to see them run through the programs using Lego Mindstorms technology and programming. They got some successes and many failures. This proves it is up to chance if it fails or succeeds on the day of the competition. we got to see the programs they use and how to use and make them. As far as I know everyone enjoyed this trip immensely. We were lucky enough to see the rest of the science building. We even got to see a stick insect shed its skin.
We were nearing the end of the excursion and were taken to the MI cafe for some lunch consisting of, sandwiches and fruits. I got to eat with Hashi and enjoyed the visit a lot. When we had to leave, we came back to school around 2:30 and we returned with some great robotics knowledge. I enjoyed the trip a lot and would love to establish a robotics partnership with them.