No Quote of the Week Today! I LEGO my books for another day!

Sorry I don’t have a quote of the week today. I didn’t have time to make a post up, but I do want to tell you what I did yesterday – I went to another LEGO© competition! BUT this time it was the Penn First Lego League CHAMPIONSHIP! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! I told you a while ago that we competed in a qualifier and made it into the Championship round (see my post HERE). If you don’t know about First Lego League you should check out their website HERE. FLL is meant for 4-8th graders to learn about robotics (building robots, programming them and competing with them). We also had to make a separate project having to do with food safety. We developed a product called “InboxMINT” which is a peppermint flavored container. When mice try to chew through the container, the mouse tastes the peppermint (which mice HATE) and the mouse leaves without contaminating the food.

It was held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We got there at 8:30 in the morning – Here’s my team from left to right – Hunter, Colson, Josh, Erik 😉 (in the Phillies hat), Thomas, Alex. Thomas is holding The Red Baroness our robot.

There were a lot of teams! This tournament was very large compared to the one I went to late last year! There was a total of 52 teams! We set up in the Pit Area – Look at part of the bottom floor ! (There were two floors of competitors)-

Told you it was a lot of people

 Once we set up our presentation at our table, my partner Josh and I went to Practice Table #1. Josh was the motor man for the Red Baroness. That means he picked which program we would use and started the Baroness. I was the line-up man. I made sure the attachments were on the Baroness correctly and the robot was lined up right for which ever program Josh put in. See us performing our practice? That’s Mr. Foreman, our coach, in the striped shirt.

We went over to the arena which was in a different building. The hall was HUGE!

We saw some teams that also moved on from our last competition…”Sooooo we meet again NARWHALS”!

We met some new teams… “Sooooo we finally meet you…crabby lobster thing people?? Um…with your brown leader…?”

We all got our chance to compete on the BIG STAGE! Here is the video of my round  (you can see me on the big screen sometimes 😉 )-

Sadly, we didn’t win. 🙁 BUT after the second round, we were in 7th place out of 52 teams! We did good on the 3rd round and I think we must have finished in the top 10. I’ll let you know where we placed when we get the final results!

Congratulations to team Green Machine, an all girl team that won FIRST PLACE!!



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30 replies

  1. Sounds like a great competition – one of those experiences you’ll remember! – and top ten out of 52 teams is pretty awesome! Congrats 🙂

  2. Hi Erik! It is worth missing your quote for this terrific report on your Lego competition. The video was fun! 😀 Sorry you didn’t win, but it sounds as if you placed high. Congratulations. I appreciate your graciousness to the all-girls team who won. Did you know that bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women? Congrats again!

  3. Erik, that looks like INCREDIBLE fun! And if you placed in the top 10, that’s pretty darn incredible, too. Congratulations!!!

  4. I think that looks like a blast! Cool experience. Congrats on your (hopefully) top ten finish!

  5. This is so cool Erik! Congratulations on finishing in the top ten!!

  6. Very cool Erik. You placed 7th out of 52 — I think that’s great. I’m sure you learned a lot for next year. Fun video. Congratulations!

  7. Wow! I would have been like WAY to scared and shy to get up there in front of so many people!

    But I’m glad that you went! 7th place is GREAT out of so many people! 😀

    Have you gotten news about being in the top ten yet? Oh and I never new that mice didn’t like peppermint.

    Question: Why do mice not like peppermint and how did you make the box peppermint flavor??

    • I was nervous but not so much about all the people, more becasue I wanted to do well. We didn’t get the final results yet 🙁
      I don’t know why they hate the taste of peppermint. Ants don’t like it either. Mice also don’t like cayenne pepper. We put a layer of paper with peppermint infused in it underneath the paper layer of the container. Thanks for commenting!!

  8. This sounds fascinating! And being in the top ten is HUGE SUCCESS ~ so congrats to you and your team, Erik. I think it’s great you even took pictures of your rehearsal and the other teams.

  9. Congrats on your competition. I enjoy your quotes, but so happy to hear this report.

  10. This sound alike a blast. Placing in the top ten out of 52 teams is pretty cool! Loved all the photos your shared!

  11. You’re the lego master Erik. That is so awesome!

  12. Looks like a blast, Erik! Doesn’t matter where you finished, you had fun, right? It’s an accomplishment just to qualify for the Championship round. And you met a lot of cool people who also like Legos.

    My son Eric loves Legos too, but he’s a bit older than you. 🙂 Seems like something you never outgrow.

  13. Well, this is a wonderful reason not to have a quote for the week. 🙂 It sounds like you had an awesome time that hopefully made great memories! Thanks for sharing the videos.

  14. Very nice report Eric! I’m glad you had such a good time. Thanks again to you and your dad for all the time and effort you both contributed this year. I can’t wait for next year’s challenge either.

  15. This is awesome. I had no idea there were Lego competitions. I’ll have to tell my kids about this. There are some great-sounding Lego parks here in Europe—-do they have any in the US yet? Did you know the first Legos were made of wood? Hard to imagine. Your blog is great. Keep at it!

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