Working the Project
Check out this article from FIRST about Engineering the Project. This article written by an engineer/award winning coach provides a great framework for coming at the project and organizing your time.
FIRST at Coleman
In addition to being home to team Biohazardous, Coleman Middle School will be hosting a brand new
FLL team this year. If you are currently registered as a student at Coleman Middle School or are an incoming sixth grader who wants to participate in competitive robotics then be sure to Contact Us.
Every year students competing in FIRST Lego League work together to solve real world problems. This year students at CMS and around the world will be researching problems facing senior citizens and developing innovative solutions to them.
Biohazardous: Western Regional Champions
Coleman Middle School after school FLL robotics team Biohazardous won the Florida Western Regional Tournament at Middleton High School on Saturday, February 2. In addition to winning the tournament Biohazardous won the Robot Performance Award for having the highest table score of 417 points. Biohazardous received two callbacks, one for technical and the other for their research project. By becoming Western Regional Champions Biohazardous also earned a bid to the Florida State Tournament on March 2 at the Venue at UCF in Orlando. This is Biohazardous' first Regional Championship and third trip to the state tournament.
Coleman Robotics' Biohazardous Wins Technical Award and a Bid to Regionals
Congratulations to Coleman Robotics team Biohazardous for a great showing last week at "Tora, Tora, Tora", the FLL Qualifying Tournament hosted by Steward Middle Magnet School. Team members (pictured from left to right) Alex Diniaco, Bob Schofner, Nathan Smith, Nicolas Campion, Nathan Jackson, Cameron O'Malley, Charlotte Parkes, Roger Breit, Jr. and Crystal Cheung, coach Roger Breit, Sr.) impressed Technical Judges with their compact yet powerful robot that was able to complete several missions and score 298 in the robot games. The team also impressed project judges with their idea to help our troops by modifying the traditional scarf used by soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq from sandstorms with modern filters. Their goal was to protect the troops from hazards not stopped by the scarf while still respecting the cultural significance the scarf plays in the region.
Biohazardous will next compete on January 11 at another qualifier at HCC Brandon before moving onto Regionals on February 1 which will be hosted by Middleton High School. Great job team!!!
Coleman Robotics Wins Bid to Robofest World Tournament
Coleman Robotics team KNO3 took 3rd Place in the Junior Game at the Robofest Robotics Competiton held in Oldsmar on Saturday March 16 hosted by Lawrence Technical University. KNO3 had to design and program a robot that could autonomously locate a colored circle on an elevated table, manipulate objects within that circle and determine and display the area of the circle in square millimeters. The team, consisting of Jaxon Brown, Ryan Hicks, Keith Kasper and Nicholas Swaich, also won the right to represent Coleman at the Robofest World Tournament at LTU in Michigan on May 18. This is the first year any Coleman team has competed in Robofest.
Coleman Robotics helps out at CMS beautification.
Coleman Robotics team members know that an important part of "gracious professionalism" is giving back to your school and to your community. Biohazardous team members R.J. Breit and Nathan Smith and M.I.B team members Alex Kanfer and Garrett Schneider did just that when they showed up to work on Friday morning for part of Coleman Beautification. These men pitched in and dug holes, planted flowers, spread mulch and trimmed trees. Despite the heat and humidity these young men worked until the job was done with positive attitudes and smiles on their faces. Well done guys!!! Thank you!!!
Congratulations Coleman Middle School on another "A" and continued excellence!!!
School grades are out and Coleman Middle School earned an "A" rating. Why is this a big deal you ask? Don't they always get an "A"? While Coleman has had a tradition of excellence, this "A" is especially impressive because the state increased standards this year causing many schools in Florida and in Hillsborough County to drop a grade. In addition to increased standards, State education officials included the test scores of special needs students and first year english speakers into their ratings and Coleman still soared...which is no mean feat for a cobra.
These aren't your parents' Legos!!!