Saturday, March 6, 2010

2010 Robotics

GOOD DAY my friends ... I'm back! Between being busy and winter blah I did not feel like blogging ... but I'm a little inspired now; must be the nice weather we've been having lately, sunny and feels like spring! ... missed you guys!

Anyway, here's a bit of good news, the Naples Grapes of Wrath robotics team, where our son is a member, tested their robot last Friday and Saturday to compete against 50 other high schools around our area and all the way from Canada and Pennsylvania. I took Friday off, so hubby and I went to watch their competition. It was quite exciting!

The game for this year is a 3-on-3 soccer game. The field is divided by "humps", pictured below, with two goals at each end. Robots have to go over the humps or under a tunnel and try to make a goal. A few seconds before the game ends, robots gain bonus points for suspending from the tower in the center of the humps. I don't really understand all the rules and scoring system but it was still fun watching all those robots "play" soccer. :)


Our son, reading a book while waiting for their turn to compete... he looks tired. Their team spent the night in the city so they probably went to bed late.


When our son came home Saturday night, it was hard for him to contain his excitement; he was wearing his medal around his neck and proudly told us that they won FIRST place! Yay! All that hard work paid off ... they worked on their robots after school for six weeks, and there were times where he came home after midnight because they were building/working on their robots.
So, what better way to start my first blog for 2010 than this? ... pretty cool, huh?
Their team will now advance to the national event held in Atlanta, GA, during their spring break.

It's nice to be back! I'll come visit you soon ...

11 comments:

Ebie said...

Congratulations proud Mama! What a beautiful welcome back post!

We have been getting rains here lately and most of our botanical gardens have their themed garden in bloom!

Nice to hear from you again!

Mari said...

"Our son" got a medal. Whoopeee! His hard work paid off.

Sidney said...

Congratulations ! Looks like fun building robots ! He and his team must be good at it !

dodong flores said...

Welcome back, Ate Nance. It's good to see you posting again. I'm so proud too of your son. Robotics is a cool thing, I guess. As technology buff, that used to be my fancy, but we don't have like that here in the Philippines. I wish your son's team success for the national event in Atlanta...

ghee said...

yesss,youre back!!WB!!

Congratulations to another achievement of your son!! i think ive seen that kind of competition on TV a couple of years ago,and yep,we re really entertained! and the invention of the contestants were all amazing!!

glad youre back Nance!!missed yah!

docgelo said...

congratulations to your son ms. nance and to the proud mom of course! ...must be a nice game to watch with robots playing! :D

Nance said...

Thanks Ebie! Can't wait for spring to see new blooms!



That is such a sweet comment, Mari..."our son"; thanks! Hopefully we should be seeing a 2010 blog from you soon? he he he

Nance said...
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Nance said...

Thanks, ghee and docgelo! it was fun watching those bots! Their team earned a trip to Atlanta for the national tournament in April.

Nance said...

Their team dominating the competition made it to local newspapers, Sidney!...and i am so proud! lol

Nice to be back, dodong. before i forget, congratulations on being a new daddy! you and jovy must be very proud of your new bundle of joy, she is so adorable!

PinayWAHM said...

Congrats to your son & group.

Funny because the daughter of my husband's partner in business also won first place in the 2010 Robotics here in FL. She gave her medal to our daughter...not sure why....

Kamusta na? I bet you're busy tending to your beautiful flowers this time of year.

J