We had three
teams participating in the 2009 DC Regional
Botball Competition. To be on a team, the explorer needed to commit time, creativity,
and fill out the Team
Participation Form. We had about 15 members on each team.
The DC Regional Botball Workshop was
held on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22. We sent
6 teens and 3 adults to both days. They came back with the
kits, problem description and experience with the CBC.
| Rehan Butt
We started development and planning
the Monday after the workshop. We then met every Wednesday
and Saturday until the tournament. Here is our formal
schedule. We also met during Spring
Break. Some teams met
on their own or in subgroups.
For the first few meetings the teams
met separately. They developed their plans, started building
robots and grew their team spirit.
Once we had the table built, we met
in a large room and all together. We started running initial
bots and doing experiments on the board within two weeks. Some
teams had what ended up being a final bot on the table at the end of
four weeks. On March 25,
we took videos of the operating bots.
the bots took a great deal of time. Teams ran tests over and
over with changes in their mechanism, software, and strategy. Here are results
of testing on April 15. A good predictor or what?
The DC Regional tournament was
held on April 18, at the Northern Virginia Community College in
Annandel, Virginia. All three teams had both victories
and challenges. Team 193 ended up 4th overall. Team
191 was fifth in the seeding rounds. All three teams were
finalists in the competition rounds. Team 192 made it the
farthest in the competition rounds. Teams 191 and 193 received
Judges Choice awards. See the
Take a look at our
picture slide show and
our video collection
from the DC tournament.
The weekend after the DC tournament, we
took our boards and bots to Rockville Science Day at Montgomery
College. We continued to refine our bots and demonstrate them
to the public.
2009 Global Conference on Educational Robotics was held at the
National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA
( about 35 miles from Washington, D.C. ) from July 1st to July 5th.
All three teams participated. Team 191 an 192 were finalists.
We also had a team in the Beyond
Botball competition held at the conference. Beyond
Botball is "kids" who have graduated from high school. Our
team did very well, winning both the seeding rounds and competition