RoboBacon 9494 earns 1st Place Research Award at FLL Razorback Invitational

Team RoboBacon 9494 earned the 1st place research award at the First Lego League International Invitational Tournament at the University of Arkansas this past weekend.  This was a global competition with 72 teams from 16 different countries competing.   RoboBacon earned the 1st place Research Award for their project on Aluminum Saltcake (byproduct of Aluminum Recycling).  The team’s research included mechanical testing at the University of Akron and analysis with a Scanning Electron microscope on their test samples at Kent State University.  The team’s robot also had a season high score of 632 points earning them a 25th place finish in robot performance against some of the best teams from around the world.  Congratulations to Avery Hendl, Mia Bryant, Gracie Kulawiak, Tommy LoGalbo, Thomas Stoycos, Joseph Liang, Sam LoGalbo, Sam Nabring, and Michael Stoycos!  

End of Year Celebration
Many thanks to Aurora Schools Administration and School Board members for coming to our End-of Year Celebration!  
We have a lot to celebrate this year!  
(Pictures to follow soon)

18 FLLjr team members
58 FLL team members
13 FTC team members
33 coaches and mentors
Countless hours invested
Tons of new skills learned
Two teams going to St. Louis!
One team going to Arkansas!
One "Dean's List" Finalist!

Aurora Robotics and Easter Seals
are sponsoring a clothing drive.  Bring your old clothing, blankets, towels, shoes, purses, stuffed animals, cloth lunch boxes, and backpacks.

Dec 5th from 10am-2pm
Leighton Elementary

Congratulations RoboCrafters!
RoboCrafters won the Teamwork award at the Lorain County Community College regional FLL tournament Nov 14th.  There were 18 very competitive teams at the tournament.  The Teamwork award is given to the team demonstrating the best teamwork skills and FLL Core Values.  Well done RoboCrafters!  

FLL Aurora Scrimmage - OCT 31st
All local FLL teams are welcome to the annual Aurora scrimmage:

Date: Saturday Oct 31st
Time: 10am - 2pm (time subject to change)
Location: Leighton Elementary
Attire: Halloween Costumes encouraged!

Volunteers needed - signup to help 

Summer Workshop 1 - big success!
RoboBacon, Crazy Rhinos, and RoboCrafters all helped our new Aurora Teams get oriented to programming an EV3 robot.

Team TBD held an advanced workshop on the gyro sensor.  Very cool stuff!!! (materials for both workshops can be found under Coaching Resources)

Summer Workshop Schedule:
Location: Aurora Christ Community Chapel
252 N. Chillicothe 
(North of Heinens, across from Barrington)

Saturday 8/8/15
1:00 to 2:30pm - Intro to EV3 for new teams
3:00 to 5:00pm - Gyro sensor (experienced teams)

Saturday 8/15/15
1:00 to 2:30pm - Using sensors (new teams)
3:00 to 5:00pm - Smooth line following and MyBlocks (experienced teams)

Saturday 8/22/15
1:00 to 2:30pm - to be determined (new teams)
3:00 to 5:00pm - to be determined (experienced teams)

Aurora Teams Compete at the Ohio FLL State Championship

450 teams began this year's FLL season in the state of Ohio.  The top 50 advanced to compete at the State Championship at Wright State University.  3 teams from Aurora made it to Dayton!

Team Slightly Different - The reigning Ohio Ambassadors represented Aurora very well again, taking home the 1st place Robot Strategy and Innovation Award.  They also placed 17th in the robot game with an exciting final run of 348 points!  The best and last of their FLL career. http://youtube.com/watch?v=qOleimHFXxk

Team RoboBacon - The second year team made it to State for the first time.  They scored 285 points in the robot game (27th).

Team Crazy Rhinos - This first year team made up of all 4th graders shocked the world (well their coaches anyway) and advanced to State for the first time.  They had a perfect score for their project presentation and scored 170 points on the robot game board (44th).

Crazy Rhinos -  Akron District

RoboBacon - Akron District                            (Innovative Solution Award)

Slightly Different - Youngstown District                      (finished in 2nd place overall)

FLL Teams On to Districts! - Congratulations to all of the Aurora FLL Robotics teams who competed these past few weekends in the Ohio Regional Tournaments!  Everyone worked very hard and learned a tremendous amount this season.  Remembering the core value "What we discover is more important than what we win!" - every team had a successful season.  Several teams were also recognized with awards and advancement onto Districts:

Slightly Different (pictured) - Robot Strategy and Innovation Award - 4th place robot performance - advanced to Austintown District Tournament Jan 10.

Crazy Rhinos (1st year team) - Core Values Award - advanced to Akron District Tournament Jan 10.  Also earned a Coach's Award.

RoboBacon - Core Values Award - advanced to Akron District Tournament Jan 10.

Smart Cookies - Special Judges Award

AURORA FLL Scrimmage
Monday, Nov 3rd - Leighton Elementary 6:30-8:30pm

FLL 2014 World Class Challenge - RELEASED!!!

World Class Challenge (check back often for updates)

Remember throughout the season...

Ohio FLL Qualifying Tournament Dates

Rockwell Robotics Workshop Sep 20REGISTER

Summer Robot Workshops were held most Mondays throughout the summer.  Team Slightly Different stepped up yet again.  Great material!

Summer Robotics Academy was a huge success.  Thanks to team Slightly Different for helping run the camp and to Mrs. Gagel for all her efforts.

Team Slightly Different competed in Toronto at the FLL International Open!

Their idea won an award - it was just from a different team that had the same idea.  We also heard that their robot performed very "autonomously".  Way to go Slightly Different!  Thanks for representing Aurora Robotics so well!  You demonstrate great leadership for other teams to follow.

Congratulations to Team Slightly Different - Ohio's FLL Ambassador Team for 2014!!!

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FTC Team TBD 6022 
2016 FTC World Champions!!!
Robotics Team TBD (To Be Determined) of Aurora High School captured first place in the Tech Challenge world championship April 27-30 in St. Louis by using a robot modeled after rescue situations faced by mountain explorers all over the globe.

Team members include AHS juniors Tyler Thieding and Ian Doemling, AHS freshman Kameron Fry, Kenston High School freshman Barbora Ptackova, and Solon High School sophomore Kavya Kosana.

The team was guided by Coach Darren Thieding, Assistant Coach Joe Doemling and mentor Petr Ptacek.

More than 5,100 teams worldwide were reduced to 128 groups that qualified for the St. Louis championship competition -- 100 teams from the United States and 28 from other countries including China, Russia, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico.

Coach Thieding said the robot scores points by "resetting" rescue beacons, delivering rescue climbers to a shelter, parking on the mountain and in the rescue beacon repair zone or the floor goal.

FTC Team TBD 6022
2nd at Worlds 2015!!!

Pennsylvania State Alliance Champs!

Aurora Team TBD 6022 won as a member of the winning alliance at the Pennsylvania State Championship at Millersville University on February 28th.  They were also the winners of the promote award, which is an award that recognizes a team that promotes STEM through a short promotional video. The team will be competing at the Eastern Super-Regional championship against the top teams from 12 other states (and Washington DC). Super regionals will be held at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA from March 19-21

Way to go Team TBD!  Good luck at the Super Regionals!  Check out one of their award winning runs...

Aurora FTC Teams on to State Finals 
in Cincinnatti! 

Team 6022 TBD "To Be Determined" (Pictured) advanced to state and was also awarded the top award - the Inspire Award at their regional qualifier.  They also received the Promote award for a 1 min video they made and submitted.  They were captain of the fianlist Alliance and selected the other Aurora team - Team Int-elligence along with a team from Brush HS to be their Alliance partners for the finals.  Team Int-elligence also received an award for their engineering notebook and was first runner up for the Inspire Award which qualified them for State meet as well.  Both Aurora FTC were Alliance partners for one Match and managed to score 608 points - setting a record for this years game thus far in Ohio.  Video of the match can by found on TBD's webpage:  http://tbdftc.com/