As Shenzhen's only First Lego League team, we had the honor of representing SIS and our city at the China National FLL Competition. Rising to the top of 83 international competitors, our own SIS Robotics Team claimed victory as the winner of "Teamwork Spirit", one of only eight awards.
The Teamwork Spirit award is a testament to the students' deeply rooted character nurtured by our own SIS ESLR training. Our team was evaluated by a team of judges and found to be exemplary in all the FLL Core Values: Gracious Professionalism, Teamwork, and Inspiration.
One of the Diving Dolpha-Bots, Isaac Lee, was inspired to reflect upon his experience in the following essay:
The hope of winning, the happiness of success, and the sadness of failure. These are some of the feelings that all of us, the Lego Leaguers and Diving Dolpha-bots, had at the China National FLL Finals this last weekend in Shanghai. All three of the competitions that we attended this year were a great experience and great for our learning. But everything didn't always go smoothly. You see, in a competition, not everything goes well, and not everything goes as planned. If you have ever been in a competition like this, you probably know that feeling. I hope that this will give you an idea about how we felt, and what happened that was successful and unsuccessful.
You are probably wondering about the robot programming the most, so I will first tell you about how we did. During the competition, we were unlucky during the first two rounds. But the third one was successful! Each of our points took a lot of effort. It also took a lot of time to build the robot and the attachments. What was most challenging was the programing, because of the amount of trial and error it took. I think the hardest mission we did took about two weeks. Other programs weren't as hard but it still took a lot of time and effort.
Our presentations? They were flowing like the wind! We were lucky to have Chinese people on our team because it was hard for the judges to understand English. There was teamwork, robot design, and research presentation. The teamwork one was our most successful because we actually got the Team Spirit award! I think we did well on showing how much "coopertition" (cooperation+competition) we showed. Creative isn't it? This word basically explains the things that we had to do during the competition. It was a competition, but we also had to cooperate with other teams to get more points.
We had some good times and some times difficulty during the competition at Shanghai. We competed with students from all over the world. In the beginning, we thought we would lose because the other teams' bots looked amazing. But later on, we discovered that even though their bots looked cool, but weren't as good as ours. This made me think of the idiom, don't judge a book by its cover. So I'm basically saying that we shouldn't judge things just by looking on what is looks like. It is the performance that counts.
The China National Finals in Shanghai was a rich experience. I hope that myself, my teammates and all students can have more chances to collaborate to not only win, but learn from our mistakes. This goes beyond FLL (First Lego League) robotics to all opportunities to demonstrate the ESLRs. I'm sure that this experience will stay in my mind for as long as I live and will be a lasting memory I will always share with my teammates. Thank you!