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Lego Guards at MAC Meeting

This meeting with the MAC was a great way for us to spread the word about our project and FLL! It was fun to do our presentation for them, and we also got some great answers and feedback. What a great way to get into gear for the up-coming Regional Competition!

Thank you MAC!

PCWA

I e-mailed Valarie C. Lord, in human resources and adminstrative services, at the PCWA about our idea and asked if she could write a response about whether they would use the information hub if it was implemented. Greg Young called and said he thought our idea was a great idea and that the person who deals  with those things was busy with a family emergency in town this week. He will be e-mailing a letter to us soon. 

MAC meeting

We went to the Meadow Vista Municipal Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday and did our presentation.

They were very interested and amazed that people our age were into this stuff.

I can`t wait for this Sunday!  (the regional competition)

Our Presentation for MAC (Muncipial Advisory Board)

On Decmber second we presented to the Muncipial Advisory Board.We seemed to be answering the questions for hours, but it was great! We learned commonly asked questions, as well as some neat ideas to consider. The viewers were great, and they made it sound as if it were a great idea. Also it was cool  how they asked the questions as if it were implemented, which helped us work on some new ideas.

mac meding

the mac meting was cool we did our presentation for them and i told them about real tim and it had bobby jumping off a brig and i neded to know wen he did ....

 

district qualifying competition

Wow!  We got first place in robot design and performance!  The robo-chicken-gator-flys of papaya land got first in team work and M-cubed got first in presentation.  Good job everyone!  I had a really great time at my first competition. 

The Team presents for Placer Supervisors

The team met with some of the Placer County Supervisors. We did our rough presentation for them, and they really enjoyed it! They gave us great feedback about the presentation and our innovative idea. Thank you Supervisors!

Lego Guards Equestrian field trip.

We had a really interesting field trip! The team met at the Vega's, where we did numerous team challenges with horses. First, all the team members joined hands and tried to put a pad and bereback saddle onto the horse. There were two "hands" on  the outside and three "brains" in the middle. But, the "brains" couldn't act and the "hands" couldn't think. It was hard!

Then, we had to herd the horses into a corner of the arena, without touching them or the halter. This was related to our project because the horses represented information flowing to EARTH from all the different sources(CALFire, KAHI, Auburn Journal..).

Then, the team had to build an obstacle course and lead the horses through it, without touching them or the halters. I especially liked this challenge because

a) We had an idea of the problems since we created them ourselves, and

b) Things seemed to be going great, and then the horse would balk and stop.

This was also related to our solution because there are going to be a lot of problems with EARTH, just like the obstacles that the horses faced.

At the end, we tried to make the horses move around the arena, but only on the outside. It took several tries for this to work properly!

Thank you Mrs. Vega!

                                                                         

Friday's Activity

This Friday, the team went to Tracy Vega's house for a team building activity, with Tracy's horses in her arena.  We had a variety of challenges, first was to put a bareback pad on one of the horses.  We split up into several combinations of brains and limbs to accomplish the task.  The key was that the brains couldn't do, and the limbs couldn't think or speak.  So the brains had to tell the hands what to do, in order to acomplish the task at hand.  We were all like a robot, in the sense that the brains would control the arms to do the mission.  After that, we moved on to a different task.  We had to get one horse from point A to point B, but without touching the horse, or talking to eachother, so we learned the basics of how to move horses in this way, in preperation for the next activity.  The 3rd task was to create an obsticle course which we had to move both horses, one at a time, through the obsticles, and into a square on the oposite side of the arena.  This was difficult because on top of not being able to touch the horses or talk, we had to make them go through the correct path, and keep it in line, since there were no walls.  The horse stopped at one the obsticles; we were all doing different things, and the horse got confused.  It took us a while to find an idea that worked, and the horse went over the log and into the square.  After that was all done, the team discussed what happened, and why.  We also talked about how it related to our project, and our robot.  Thank you to Tracy (and the horses) for a wonderful activity!

The Auburn Journal Field Trip

Today we had a field trip to the Auburn Journal. Almost half of our team was missing, so it was only Bobby, Aydan Owen, and I. We had a tour of the building. It was cool to see the huge printing presses and it seemed like it would be a blast to work in graphic design.

Then we went and talked to our tour guide and reporter, Jennifer Gee, about problems they encountered reporting the 49 fire here in Auburn which destroyed sixty-three homes. She told us that a lack of infformation was a big problem. They received numerous phone calls and Ben Furtado, a Journal photographer, had to take pictures with his cell phone and send them to the Journal staff to be put on the website.

We learned a lot, and the Journal had a lot of the same problems as KAHI. It sounded like our idea could help them, or maybe a phone answering info system. It was a great field trip.

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