All We Want for Christmas is an NXT – And all that Great FLL Energy!

tourny-thanks Well, that was the name of the FLL Qualifying Tournament we volunteered at on Saturday.  And it was great fun revisiting the FIRST LEGO League experience as helpers, spectators and supporters of the two great FLL teams we’re mentoring, Brick Buddies and TechnoForce, both of whom took home awards.

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TechnoForce to the Rescue!

TDT members served as volunteers at the practice table, and as Technical, Teamwork and Gracious Professionalism judges.   Smart Moves is a challenging game, but both Brick Buddies and TechnoForce were up to the challenge, showing their mettle on and off the field, turning in great performances in their presentations, teamwork and technical interviews. Brick Buddies won the Teamwork Award, and TechnoForce received the Team Spirit Award.  Brick Buddies also made it into the Robot Alliance Championship round and came in second place with their alliance team, the RoboPanthers.  Congratulations to both Brick Buddies and TechnoForce! We’re enjoying being part of your FIRST journey.

TDT members celebrating FLL Brick Buddies Teamwork win

TDT members celebrating Brick Buddies Teamwork win

We also had a great time seeing the spirit and enthusiasm always on display at FLL events, and serving as a good inspiration for older students to keep that sense of fun and energy going at the upper levels of FIRST robotics.  We also enjoyed seeing FTC team Smoke and Mirrors at the event, where they had last season’s robot on display and available for students to operate and enjoy.

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TDT members helping at the practice table

We highly recommend volunteering at FLL events and mentoring FLL teams as a way to stay young at heart forever!

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