When Coach Howerzyl had his First Lego Team, Shake Rattle and Roll tear down the cardboard boxes that they had used as props in their project presentation,
he was not prepared for a judge stopping them in the hallway. “Hey, don’t have them do that. You might get a call back on your presentation.” Coach Howerzyl was doubtful. The presentation judges had sat there really stone faced and had not seemed all that impressed. He thought that there was no way that their team was going to get a call back…
–While Shake, Rattle and Roll ended up NOT getting called back to redo their presentation for a trophy on Saturday, it wasn’t because the presentation judges were not impressed. Unknown to the coaches at the time, the terrible weather in Flint on Saturday afternoon had caused tournament officials to cancel all call backs and to have the judges make their decisions based on the initial presentations. Thus, when the First Place winner of the Project Presentation was announced as Shake Rattle and Roll, the team was completely shocked. “We won what???” They said.
— Congratulations to Shake, Rattle and Roll for earning First Place in the State for your Project Presentation!
Area teams advance to Lego League state championship
on December 04, 2013 at 9:05 PM, updated December 05, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Team “Peanut Butter” was the tournament champion at the eighth annual Grandville Lego League Tournament at Grandville High School.
Seven Grandville teams, two Allendale teams, and a Jenison team are advancing to the Lego League state championship after top finishes in the regional tournament.
The top 12 teams qualified for the state tournament, which is set for Dec. 14 in Flint. In the regional contest, 43 teams competed in the eighth annual Grandville Lego League Tournament at Grandville High School. The Lego League aims to increase elementary and middle school students’ interest in science and technology by presenting problems that can be solved with Lego-based robotics.
The tournament champion was team “Peanut Butter,” comprised of students from Evergreen Christian Schools in Grand Rapids.
Other teams that qualified include the community team, “Paradise Team;” Allendale homeschool team “Classical Conversations;” Grandville Middle School teams’ “Lego Monsters,” “Shake Rattle and Roll,” and “The Brain Storms;” “Bionic Bulldogs” from Grandville’s Central Elementary; “Tornado Titans” and “The Highwaters” from Grandville’s South Elementary; “Bulldog Builders” from Grandville’s Grandview Elementary; “The Flying Hedgehogs” from Jenison Junior High; and the “Legendary Lego Guys” from Allendale homeschool.
Congratulations to all of the teams that worked so hard and showed their stuff at the First Lego Robots tournament in Grandville today! We were amazed and grateful to be awarded 6th place in the tournament, so we will be going to the State competition in Flint!
One of the things that helped us do so well is winning first place for Robot Mechanical Design! As the only team to use Pneumatics, our scissor arm (that looked like something out of a cartoon) finally worked in the third round and successfully launched the plane scoring us points, and demonstrating that pneumatics CAN be used!
I am told that we also scored very well on our core values evaluations. Congratulations Shake Rattle and Roll, you rock!
We are rapidly approaching tournament time so here is the schedule for Saturday.
- Doors Open 7:30am
- Team Registration 7:45am – 8:30am
Please meet in the pits with the rest of the team. We would like to run through the presentation and technical judging before things start. Also practice runs.
- Coaches’ Meeting 8:30am – 8:50am
- Opening Ceremony 9:00am – 9:15am
- Technical, Teamwork, and Presentation Judging 9:30am – 2:30pmTechnical 9:45 Room 164Teamwork 10:15 Room 126
Presentation 10:45 Room 172
- Robot Performance/ Table Competition 9:30am – 2:45pmTable competition times12:42 Table 2
1:34 Table 3
2:14 Table 6
- Awards Ceremony 3:15pm – 3:45pm