What? Come on, everyone likes surprises.
No, they don't. I don't like surprises.
In that spirit I will relate the events of yesterday's FIRST Lego League (FLL) Utah North Championship, beginning at the end. No surprises here!
"During the course of competition the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition. Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories."
So basically, we won something, but we don't know what we won for. The judges liked us (or felt sorry for us) and wanted to recognize us as being a great team.
We'll take it!
Let me tell you, moments after this picture was taken, all #%*! broke loose. Faith was holding the jig that helps line up the robot. She was fiddling with it and several pieces broke off. They were frantic to put it back together and there were some not so loving sibling feelings.
The second robot round did not go well. There were tears and this was definitely the low-point of the day.
Clark has been such a great coach for them. We will have a team next year, but it won't be as much fun without Clark.
We gathered at 6:00 AM. The team mentors and Elinor had a late night at FRC robotics. Abe and I and Camille had terrible nights with sickness and the early morning.
We were not in the best of spirits and it was a long day. I know we were all quite relieved when the day was done. Hopefully, as time passes our memories of the day will improve.
Even still, I am so grateful to have been involved with such a great program and such wonderful young people.