Blog Archives

Updates on what our organization is doing

QR Codes

QR codes have become nearly ubiquitous in recent years, and are a great way to encourage people to visit a website while out and about.  Our team has been experimenting with QR codes, so I thought I’d share how we’ve

Posted in News, QR Codes, scouting, VEX, website

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

Project Euler

Have you ever needed a challenge to guide your programming pursuits? Even if you aren’t very interested in programming, working Project Euler problems can be incredibly fun and challenging. What is Project Euler? Project Euler is a website that provides

Posted in Computer Programming, 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. 

Posted in News, Outreach, Workshop

Winning Design eBook

A while back I told you about my favorite NXT book, Winning Design! LEGO Mindstorms NXT by James Trobaugh.   I noticed today that I could purchase the eBook version  (pdf) from (http://www.apress.com) for $10 since I already owned a paperback

Posted in Books, News, NXT

Techbrick Body Forward Resources

Body Forward Field Mat w/Robot Path Just wanted to let you all know that Techbrick (a Maryland robotics club) has added some resources to their website (www.techbrick.com). One of our favorites is the image of the mat.  We use it to plan

Posted in FIRST, FLL, News, NXT, resources, Techbrick

Another GREAT Book!

Looking for great tips and advice for your VEX or FTC robotics team?  Check this book out!  It is GREAT!   FTC Robotics: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Secrets. It is only $8.63 at Amazon.com.  Click here to “look inside” on

Posted in Books, News, VEX

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