FLL competitions underway

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Delaware kicked off its 2016-17 FLL competition season last Saturday, December 10 with the annual qualifier event at Conrad School of Science and Technology in Wilmington. This year’s theme, Animal Allies, was on display with team projects and in the robot-based challenges. Fourteen teams competed for the title Champion,  and seven were chosen to move ahead to compete at the Delaware State FLL Championship in Dover next February 25. More about upcoming qualifiers and the state Championship can be found here.


Catching up with alumni…Rachel

rachel-at-conrad-fll-2016Rachel Hannaford, MOE FRC alumni and past team webmaster, cheery as ever, volunteered at the Conrad School of Sciences FLL competition in Wilmington last Saturday where her dad Peter Hannaford, along with Beth Blohm,  coordinate and host the popular annual event.  While Rachel served as referee and behind the scenes organizer—both jobs were easy fits since she is currently working as an AmeriCorp VISTA member with the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics program in Gainesville, Florida.

Local high school robotics teams compete at FIRST World Championship

Two FSR teams will participate in a global robotics competition this week. The students of FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) team Rhyme Know Reason and FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) team MOE are headed to St. Louis for the FIRST  World Championship April 27- 30.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams build robots on a base no larger than 18 inches square and compete on a 12-foot by 12-foot field. FIRST Robotics Competition teams build larger robots that can weigh up to 120 pounds and compete on a 27-foot by 54-foot field. Alliances of teams compete against each other during 2 1/2-minute matches during both contests.

This year’s FTC game is modeled on a mountain rescue scenario. Points are scored when two-robot alliances“reset” Rescue beacons; deliver Rescue Climbers to a “shelter;” park on the “mountain;” and park in the Rescue beacon “repair zone” or floor goal.

The FRC game is also new each year and this year’s has a medieval theme- in only six weeks, teams must design and build a robot and a game strategy able to cross “rough terrain;” open “drawbridges;” score points by shooting “boulders;” and climb a “tower.”

Qualifying matches begin on Wed. 4/27 at 2pm. For anyone interested in watching the action LIVE online, here’s a link:


RKR will be in the FRANKLIN division of the competition. MOE will be in the GALILEO division.