May 9, 2012
Sunshine, palm trees, interesting folks and robots; what a great combination! "Robots in Paradise" - The FLL World Invitational Open in Florida was FANTASTIC! It took place at the All Saints Academy in Winter Haven, Florida with the Opening Ceremony taking place outside on the athletic field; where we also had a teams dinner and dance under a clear sky and the SuperMoon on the last night. The Closing Ceremony took place at LEGOLAND; how kool is that!
Sixty-three teams came from all over the U.S. and the world. The spirit of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition was everywhere as teams networked, exchanged ideas, exchanged e-mails for e-pals, joined facebook pages, even played soccer and dodge ball together on the football field.
The robots were AWESOME and research projects were OUTSTANDING!
One of the highlights of games was the Blind Pirate's Challenge where teams were randomly paired as alliance teams to run the robot performance game together on the same table - two robots on the table at the same time!!! Talk about Coopertition and fun. There was also an impromptu Robot Derby to honor the running of the Kentucky Derby that Saturday.
Though the roboGbots didn't win anything (this time)...
Core Value 5: "What we discovered was more important than what we might have won."
Core Value 4: "We all honored the spirit of friendly competition."
Core Value 6: "We shared our experience with so many others."
Core Value 8: "We had FUN!"