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

by Travis

Here is a brief history about how The Robot Battle League card game came to be.

Calista and I have been volunteering for a local non-profit, SMaRT Education, for a little over eight years; helping with community events and teaching kids camps. During these events, we often worked along side a local FIRST LEGO League team named X-Treme Team. They were a talented group of 9 to 14 year olds, showcasing SMaRT’s programs, helping teach robotics camps and mentoring anyone curious to learn about technology and engineering. Calista and I became fast friends with the X-treme Team family and were soon involved with their LEGO robotics projects. I mean; lightening smart kids, LEGOs, and an endless pool of creativity, why wouldn’t Calista and I want to be a part of that? Continue reading

Letting Go

For the past month, I’ve been hoping I wouldn’t find myself writing this post. However, after four weeks of technical consultation, today I received a text message that made my heart sink.

All of my digital media has been lost.

A major component to my digital studio is my external storage device. I use a product called Drobo.

Drobo
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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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X-Treme Team Sends Everyone to the Moon!

The First Lego League / Moonbots team I help mentor presented their Phase Two entry for the 2012 Google Lunar X-Prize LEGO Mindstorms Challenge at the Southern California Energy Summit this last Thursday and Friday (Oct 4th & 5th).

I am immensely proud of this year’s team. Their hard work, struggles and triumphs have made participating in this season’s entire project a transformational experience. I am certain the experience we have shared this summer will serve as a strong inspiration to persevere through any hurdles that arise in my own future creative endeavors.

X-Treme Team’s ambition in presenting imaginative and entertaining projects has been an exciting catalyst for me. Phase One centered on a video project that addressed the competition’s requirements. X-Treme Team wanted to make something truly memorable. After brainstorming what was possible, I helped teach the team how to shoot and edit a fun and challenging video involving green screen techniques and miniature videography. For three weeks I facilitated an intense yet fun film workshop to teach the team how to pull off the video project. We even crafted a low budget green screen studio in my backyard to shoot the miniature sets and props, all built out of LEGOs! Check out what they were able to create:


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