The Lightning Trampolines team is an experienced FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team of five 8th and 9th graders. We design and build robots using LEGOs and the Mindstorms EV3 brain. We then program them to move autonomously around the game table, executing as many of the challenge missions as possible in two minutes and 30 seconds. We strive for a strong balance in all four areas of the annual FLL challenge:
- 1) Robot Game (points scored in 2-1/2 minutes),
- 2) Robot Design (mechanical design, programming, innovation and strategy),
- 3) Project (research, innovative solution, and presentation)
- 4) Core Values (inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism).
In addition to the requirements involved in the FLL challenge, our team reaches out to make a real difference by doing community service and doing STEM Outreach to other students, teams, families, groups, and organizations.
What are FLL Robotics Teams and Competitions? Since 1988, FIRST and the LEGO Group have partnered to challenge teams to design and build robots to solve real-world engineering challenges. In FLL, 9 to 16 year-old students from 80 countries around the world demonstrate their engineering and problem-solving skills, critical thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community. The season started this year with 455 Ohio FLL teams competing at 26 Regionals, advancing the best of those teams on to 5 Districts, finally culminating in 50 teams competing at the Ohio FLL State Championship. We are honored to be representing so many amazing teams from across the state as Ohio's State Champions!
Thank You! We would like to thank our affiliate Springboro Robotics for their consistent and gracious friendship and inspiration. Thank you -- to everyone -- who has helped us, supported us, and inspired us along the way to get to this point! Thank you in advance to everyone who continues to support and encourage us as we go on our "World Festival" adventure to meet and compete with teams from around the world!
Our re-designs have now made it possible to add a new mission to our table run: "Thinking Outside the Box". This is our longest video so far, and shows off the robot's ability to find its way down the length of the table, do the missions, and "find" its way back again. Apr. 07
Our new way to put the loops on the "Project Based Learning" mission... Apr. 07
Look mom, our team made the news! We also just earned $100 in matching funds from Edco for getting mentioned in the press.
Help us earn all four Power Grants™ by sharing our team fundraising page with friends and family today. https://carlisle-high-oh.ed.co/lightning-trampolines Mar. 30
We are one community. Thanks to all the 50+ donors who supported our team, we just grabbed an extra $50 in matching funds through the Edco $50 for 50 Power Grant™.
Help us earn all four Power Grants™ by sharing our team fundraising page with friends and family today. https://carlisle-high-oh.ed.co/lightning-trampolines Mar. 20
Meeting with experts is a great way to do research and learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math. One of our experts this year has been Ryan Vingris, Com-Net Software Solutions Designer. He stopped in at Springboro Robotics' PI Day celebration on Saturday to wish us good luck at the World Festival. We took a few minutes to "talk shop" about our team's continued efforts to learn to code using html, CSS, and Java Script. Ryan graciously shared his time and expertise with us earlier this season to demonstrate some of the hardware his company uses at airports, to discuss the process of software design, and to consult with us about implementing our M.I. KEYosk innovative solution. He has been an amazing role model for our team in so many ways: software design/engineering, education, cycling, world travels, teamwork, and his willingness to share as a project mentor! Mar. 16
Here is LIGHTNING FLASH Video #1 reporting our progress as we prepare to compete at the World Festival Championships! Check it out, and see why we would totally re-design a perfectly good mission. Thank you so much for your support! Mar. 08