Tuesday, August 29, 2006

We're done with the Tribot, now it's time for RoboArm T-56! This thing is pretty cool, but what does the T-56 mean?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Spent the morning with Austin, gathering team signatures for the sponsor letters. We then took them around town to several local businesses. Hopefully one or two of them will help us out. We also did the last two tutorial NXT challenges of the tribot. Austin successfully programmed the robot to wait for a ball to be placed in front of it , move forward and stop at the ball, wait for a hand clap to grasp the ball, turn around and move back to the start position and finally release the ball when it reached the black line on the mat. That's my boy!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I think we have a mascot!

Here's all the models from the 2006 challenge. Some were definately trickier than others. We can't wait until the challenge details are announced. The bone could be tricky if we have to do anything except knock the ball out. And we don't know what we'll have to do with the wobbly table :-)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Took all weekend (between life's distractions) to get the kit together, but all the challenge models are done. I'll post pictures soon. Special thanks to Morgan, Jamie and Austin for helping put the models togther. And a special thanks to non-team member but way cool kid Connor for putting the astronauts together, you rock little man.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Our team got together Friday night for what I called the "2006 season kickoff build party". We had pizza, watched one of the FLL DVDs and had some good old fashion LEGO fun. We also began construction of our 2006 challenge kit. We had a good time building the wobbly table and the stuck nano probe. The self-building nano tube is particularly cool. We also spent some time updating the website.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Our 2006 challenge kit is here! That's a lot of bricks, this is going to take some time. The mat is really cool and far more sturdy than I expected.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Got to spend some time tonight working through the Tribot tutorials. Here is Austin and Morgan adding a sound sensor.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

We'd like to send a very big shout out to our first sponsor of the 2006 season. Larry Perry of Double Density Software. Thanks so much!

We've received word from LEGO Education that our order has shipped! We should have it by the end of next week (very exciting). Now we just need to build the table, that's going to be a challenge unto itself. Not to mention where we're going to set it up.

In other news we're getting to know the new Mindstorms NXT system, it's a whole new animal. So far it's very cool. Working through the Tribot tutorials still.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Despite an annoying minor case of food poisoning I managed to put together the tutorial robot last night. The kit is awesome, but I am disappointed my Dell bluetooth is incompatible. Hopefully that will be fixed soon. We were also excited to see pictures of the 2006 challenge field have been posted, you can see them here

Monday, August 07, 2006

It's here! We have our Mindstorms NXT set, ready for some serious robotic action!
I just completed our team registration with FLL. We are officially team number 2137 and will compete in the 2006 challenge Nano Quest. I also ordered our field setup kit, which should ship very soon.

I'm so excited!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Hello and welcome to the Bricks For Brains page. This is the first official post. We're still getting the team together, and getting all our bricks in a row (clever huh?).

So far the team is Austin Williamson, Morgan Williams, Dane Earland, and Jamie Hedges. We're looking for a couple more if you're interested let me know.

Right now we're seeking sponsorship, putting together team literature, setting up the official site, designing our clothing and getting ready to purchase our NXT set and challenge kit.

Stay tuned for more progress on the 2006 season of FLL!