Thursday, May 15, 2014

.....And They're Off!!!

The Bricks in Black team is headed to the FLL US Open Robotics Competition in California!  The boys are super excited!  For many, this is their very first airline flight! 

The challenge theme this year, as many already know, is Nature's Fury. We have been monitoring the situation with the wildfires surrounding the San Diego area, and the FLL Tournament Directors are hopeful that the competition can proceed as planned.  

We are praying for the safety of all the teams across the country that are flying into the San Diego area today, then driving on to their destination.

Stay tuned for updates!  

Friday, May 9, 2014

Hungry Howie's Pizza Fundraiser

Our team had one last fundraiser at Hungry Howie's Pizza in Chattanooga. It was super hot out, but a lot of fun too!  We made some signs, and waved at the cars passing by encouraging them to stop and eat some pizza.  Our mission table was set up under a tent in the parking lot, so we had an opportunity to show our robot in action and thank people for supporting our team. (By the way- Hungry Howie's pizza is amazing!)  Thank you Hungry Howie's!  

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Fundraising Continues!!

Our team has been busy fundraising over the last several months!  As you can see from this site, we have had bake sales at our co-op, sold cookies around the neighborhood and sold Lego pops to tons of friends. 

We also had a night out at Chick-Fil-A where we invited tons of people to come meet the team, see the robot, and order some delicious food!  Lots of kids and their parents came out to support the team!  A percentage of the sales from that evening will go toward our travel expenses.
This past weekend, we had a yard sale and sold cookies, hotdogs and lemonade.  Our team went door to door the evening before telling neighbors to come check it out and grab a bite to eat. It was a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun!   

Next up is an exhibition  and night out at Hungry Howie's pizza.  We will be bringing the robot and sharing our experiences, so if you get the chance come on out, eat some pizza and support the team!  

We are all so excited!  Less than two weeks left until we leave!  We still have to raise around $300-$400 for our final trip expenses.  So if you would like to help our team cross the finish line, you can also donate through Paypal on this page. 

Thank you from Team Bricks in Black!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Exhibition at Kendall Electric

Recently our team had the opportunity to participate in an  event hosted Kendall ELectric, who is one of our sponsors. We set up a robot demonstration and got to meet several vendors in the engineering and technology fields. Many people stopped by our mission table as we showcased our robot and shared about our upcoming journey to the competition in California.  It was so much fun meeting everyone!  

We were even given T-shirts to wear on our trip and a rolling case to help transport our robot safely on the plane!  Thank you Kendall Electric! We had a blast!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bake Sale Fundraiser!

Our team recently had a bake sale to raise money for our trip to California.  The delicious cupcakes, brownies and  lego pops were a huge hit!  

Thank you to all who came out to support our team!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bricks in Black in the News

Our team's visit to the Chattanooga Engineers Club was covered by Channel 12- WDEF.  Check it out!

Robotics and Engineering Youth - WDEF Channel 12 Interview

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Team Visits Chattanooga Engineers Club

Yesterday our team was invited to make a presentation at the Chattanooga Engineers Club.  Our hope was to help raise awareness of FLL robotics in our area, and to share a little about our season and our upcoming competition in California.

We had our table set up right outside the meeting room, so that engineering professionals could see "hands on" what FLL robotics is all about.  We explained the Nature's Fury challenge and how all the missions tied into some type of natural disaster.  Then we showed them how our robot navigated the course. 

And then one of the local news stations showed up!  How cool was that?!?

We ended our time giving a presentation at the CEC meeting, and were able to describe FLL robotics and highlight our team's season. The response was great!  

Thank you Chattanooga Engineers Club for allowing our team to come and visit!