November 11, 2012
Team 604 Quixilver had a wonderful success on November 10, 2012 hosting the Quixilver Qualifier FLL tournament. With 24 teams present, Quixilver was able to host a successful tournament from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and finished clean up before 6:00pm – with spare time left over from our expectations.
This season’s challenge for FLL is Senior Solutions, where students build and program a robot to complete different tasks with LEGO Mindstorm NXT, including bowling and gardening. With this challenge, students are able to learn about the life of senior citizens, as well as the relationship between them and the community. In responding to this challenge, Quixilver invited many senior citizens from the community to join us and watch the tournament. Throughout the event, we provided a broadcast in the pit area for the FLL teams to help them follow up with the competitions, and we got good feedback from it. In addition, to add more excitement to the game, we modeled after FRC tournaments and implemented an alliance selection. For most of the FLL teams, it was a completely new concept that they had not learned about. We also had a raffle for all participants and we were happy to see the smiles on the lucky winners’ faces. By hosting this tournament, Quixilver was able to send 11 teams to the next level of competition and allowed them to compete at the Silicon Valley Championship.
Congratulations to those 11 teams and we wish you the best of luck! To conclude this successful event, team 604 would like to thank all the members who helped out, as well as team 668, The Apes of Wrath, and team 2643, Dark Matters. Also thanks to all the judges, referees, and adult volunteers! Quixilver would like to thank our principal Dr. Mukherjee and assistant principal Mr. Park for dropping by the tournament, which was a big support! Lastly, a big thank you to our mentor, Mr. Mori, for leading and guiding us through everything in order to have this tournament to run smoothly! Team 604 will see you again next year at the FLL tournament!