Daddy signed up to be a judge for a robotics competition at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. The competition was for area middle, junior and high schools. We had 4 hours to check out the competition and the campus. The boys and I headed out to the nature trail to break things up. It was very extensive with over 10 miles of mountain bike/hiking trails and we actually found real hills! It was just what we needed.
|We hit the concession stand for some popcorn then off to the nature trail we went. It starts off on a boardwalk through a swamp. Nope, no alligators!|
We were about 2 miles in when we found this guy! It was the biggest spider I've ever seen that wasn't a tarantula.
We hiked over 3 miles and barely made it back in time for the fun part of the competition. Each team had a robotic arm that had to do different timed tasks. It was like being at a pep rally the whole time. The teams were supported by their family and friends and cheering squads. It was exciting but LOUD!!
|Magic wands for everyone...they were posing while I tried to get photos of the spider. You can see it in the foreground on Lucas' sleeve...barely.|
The boys preferred the quiet room with booths set up by each school. They find out just how hard it is to use a simple robotic tool. We talked to them about how difficult it is to make a real robotic arm and making one follow commands. It was a great learning experience. The schools have some pretty impressive programs.
|Axel building a wall puzzle.|
|We loved watching him try and try and try.|
|Lucas tackled the hanger game.|
|He too, tried and tried and eventually got the hang of it.|
This was Lucas' tooth walking in...
|Love the gap Lucas. :)|