Well, I'm back from Florida, The FLL World Invitational Open in Florida was FANTASTIC!
Sunshine, palm trees, warm weather, interesting folks and robots; what a great combination! Sixty-three teams came from all over the U.S. and the world. The spirit of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition was everywhere as teams networked, exchanged ideas, exchanged e-mails for e-pals, joined Facebook pages, even played soccer and dodge ball together on the football field of our host All Saints Academy in Winter Haven. I met robots (and folks) from Israel, Columbia, Canada, Iowa, Texas, to name a few.
One of the highlights of games was the Blind Pirate's Challenge where teams were randomly paired as alliance teams to run the robot performance game together on the same table - two robots on the table at the same time! My team roboGbots and Epic Team 2.0, from Houston Texas, were an alliance team. Talk about Coopertition and fun. There was also an impromptu Robot Derby to honor the running of the Kentucky Derby.
And guess where the closing ceremony was...
- Reee-Bot the Roving Robot Reporter