11/14/2015 - It’s November! It’s that time of the year again when Team 226 Hammerheads hosts the Sharkfest event at Troy High School. Many elementary, middle, and high school students came to participate in the FLL competition. It was such a sight to see all of the aspiring, young robotic teams come from all over the area. Many of the names were pretty interesting such as the Space Unicorns and the Supa Hot team. Sharkfest is way more than just being able to build robots. Not only does this event test the teams on their capabilities on the field, but their presentation skills. The FLL had to present their ideas and Lego robots to the judges, all the while showing their Gracious Professionalism.

Although the FLL competition was the main part of Sharkfest, we didn’t forget the Junior FLL. The Junior FLL were provided with activities to keep them busy and were offered opportunities to showcase the robots they created. We had set up a demonstration station off to the side of the gym and the kids were impressed by our Aerial Ace robot. They had a blast playing with the robot, safely of course. There was no slack on our side either. Every member of the team that was present at the event had a specific job to attend to. Whether it be an ambassador, or a judge helper, Team 226 gave it their best to make this even as successful as possible. Everybody had a grand time. I, as an ambassador, enjoyed being with the younger and energetic group of kids. It’s so amazing how kids are starting to explore the world of robotics at such a young age, and it is our job, Team 226, to promote their interests so they can become the next generation of innovative thinkers.

At the end of the competition, our judges handed out awards to the FLL teams and it was a delight to see the kids’ faces light up as they received their award; the award they were striving to achieve the moment they started building their robot. This event ended without a hitch, and I hope I can say the same for next year.