Mr. Smithson (dude in the beard) wrote this piece for us. Here he is pictured with his outstanding robotics squad: (front, l-r) Omar Alyousef, Sam Burchett, Cameron Evans, and Vijdan Gill. (back, l-r) Cullen Lonergan, Wesley Butler, Fisher Marks, Akbar Latif, Ben Hernandez, and Mr. Garrett Smithson.
The FIRST LEGO Leagues 2016 West TN Championship was held at the University of Memphis on February 6th. 10 boys competed in three runs on an obstacle course and made three different presentations to various judges. The boys had to present on the FLL's CORE values, their robot's design and programming, and on a project that solved an existing problem involving the tournament's theme "Trash Trek."
The course presented some issues, as did their robot, when a glitch in turning seemed to occur after testing the robot early that morning. The team of 10, composed of both 7th and 8th graders, showed their team work during the CORE presentation and showed real team spirit as they attempted to overcome the earlier glitch.
The project was the brain child of 8th grade student Sam Burchett. The Trash Master is a volunteer based remote access trash-bot capable of being controlled via verified accounts to remove trash in key areas. Volunteers use the bot to pick up trash, the more they pick up the more “free time” they earn to roam poplar areas (i.e. Central Park, the Eiffel Tower, etc.) via the bots high resolution camera. Its multiple designs are based on popular robots (i.e. Optimus Prime, R2D2, Wall-E, etc.) and is about waist high. Sam designed the 3-D design and shared it via online communities that can now 3-D print the design from any 3-D printer. It is a conceptual design that the boys proposed would use open-source funding in order to create a prototype. The boys earned first place in Innovative Solutions out of 42 teams.
Seventh graders Omar Alyousef, Cullen Lonergan, Wesley Butler join eighth grader Sam Burchett in presenting their 1st Place Innovative Solution Award in our assembly this week. Great job, boys!