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RoboDesigners Team 2190 Wins Awards at Local Tournament

Design Award at Blue Ridge Regional VEX

RoboDesigners won the Design and Programming Skills awards at the Blue Ridge Regional VEX Robotics Competition held at William Fleming High School on January 11.  This success qualifies the team for the Virginia VEX Robotics State Championship tournament scheduled for

Posted in News, VEX

Andrew Presents at Roanoke Robotics Meeting

Roanoke Robotics Meeting January 2014

Andrew gave a presentation on VEX at the Roanoke Robotics Meeting on Saturday, January 4, 2014.   He gave an introduction to the VEX kit and competitions.  The purpose of the presentation was to provide  background information to those who

Posted in News, Outreach, VEX

FIRST LEGO League Volunteers

David and Andrew Norton Volunteer at FLL Tournament

Andrew and David Norton volunteered at the FLL Tournament on November 9, 2013 in Lynchburg, Virginia.   David was a Technical Design Judge and Andrew was a Referee.

Posted in FLL, News

VEX Pre-World Scrimmage

Pre-World Scrimmage

The VEX Pre-World Scrimmage was held Saturday, March 31 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster, Maryland. We drove 5 hours one way to attend this event and it was well worth it! Thirteen teams were in attendance. We

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High School Programming Competition @ UVa

Rice Auditorium What’s it like to go to a High School Programming Challenge at UVa?   In this blog entry I will describe our recent experience.  We competed on March 17, 2012 at the University of Virginia (UVa) in the

Posted in Computer Programming, News

Funding Robotics

For me, funding is the most difficult part of doing robotics.  We do robotics independently, so we are not affiliated with a school, 4H group, or other 501c3 group, so donations are not tax deductible.  We are not eligible for

Posted in Funding, News

Learn to Program Using Python

Check out this book – Hello World Computer Programming for Kids . It is about $21.00 from Amazon.  It will give you instructions on how to download the Python programming language for free.  It will also teach you step by

Posted in Books, Computer Programming, News, Python

Making Math Interesting

Here is a link to a website with a great article full of ideas on how to make math classes more interesting.  One of the ideas is to use robotics!!  (That doesn’t surprise us does it!?)   Part of making math

Posted in Math, News

Judging at the Lynchburg Tournament

It was a bit strange this year attending the Lynchburg regional FLL tournament on November 12 without bringing our robot, pit display and research materials.  This was the first year since we started FLL in 2006 that we didn’t have

Posted in FLL, News, Outreach

Reflections on the Coaches’ Workshop

The CW is always a tricky thing to prepare for since the audience is so varied.  There are new people and experienced people.  There are school teachers and parents, as well as technical people and those that are not technical. 

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