Robotics Excursion

On Thursday 22nd November, 12 Grade 3/4 students visited Glendal Primary School for a Lego robotics excursion, the kids were Josh.B, Josh.D, Nick, Jeremy, Henna, Steph, Kav, Kyle, Lincoln, Ethan, Jamison and I, the adults that came with us were Miss Rapinett, Mr Grossek and Mrs Smethurst. 4 students went in each of the adult’s car. I went in Mr Grossek car, in his car was Nick, Jamison, Kav and I,  in the car we talked about Minecraft.

We departed around 11:00 and got there about 11:30, I waited for what seemed like 10 minutes, until everyone else came.  Then we went to their Science Building to talk with the Lego Robotics kids (which were all 5/6 kids), the allowed us to check out their robots. They told us about an annual Lego Mindstorms competition, that they were competing in. They showed us part of the competition, which was a board with lots of missions (some were walking the dog, quilting, a cardio machine, bowling and a balance board).Then they ran a test and showed us what their robot could do, it failed most of the time, but it worked 5 times consecutively that morning.

Then they were nice enough to provide us with snacks. After we ate our snacks the Lego robotics kids looked at our robots, they also gave us tips on what to change. Then they showed us about programming and how to program. After that we got to look at their robot doing the track again. They were so nice that they also provided us with lunch, in the French Room.

After lunch we went back to school. All in all it was very fun.

Glendal Primary School 3/4 Robotics Excursion.

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.