Plastic Made for Battle – part three. The Robot Battle League card game.

by Travis

PSCC’s Game Night playtest at the Oasis Resort

So what did I end up developing? Here’s the synopsis: Players use their game cards to perform combat actions with the goal of “taking down” their opponents in a robotic battle royale. Fights between robots consist of attacks that deplete their opponent’s shields and destroy targeted robot features, crippling their opponent’s ability to fight. Continue reading

2012 Desert Cities FIRST LEGO League Senior Solutions Qualifying Tournament

Yesterday, I had an incredible day!

In addition to building this year’s tournament trophies, SMaRT Education asked me to emcee their 2012 Desert Cities FIRST LEGO League Senior Solutions Qualifying Tournament at the Palm Springs Air Museum. And what a fantastic day it was.

I was able to experience the tournament from a perspective that, until yesterday, I’ve had very limited involvement: the ROBOT COMPETITION FLOOR! I was tasked with keeping the audience excited while calling out the play-by-play for the FLL teams. What made the day even more exciting was being there to see so many of my former students putting their hard work and design skills to the test by engineering robots that would earn as many points as possible in the three, 2:30 rounds. The day was theirs, and I’m honored to have shared the experience with them.

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LEGO Trophies: Year Two

MOC – My Own Creation. a term used by LEGO building enthusiasts referring to an original LEGO model or design built without official LEGO instructions.

Last year, SMaRT Education invited me to build custom designed LEGO trophies for their FLL regional qualifying tournament. The FLL season’s theme was centered around food safety, and SMaRT Ed’s executive director, Liberty Naud, suggested the trophies also incorporate a strong food related look.

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