Today we downloaded the MIT app inventor onto our android phones. We got familiar with how the app works, and we made fun short games. This helped us learn the program better, and decide if we thought it was the best option for us to use for programming throught the year. While some things about this we thought was nice, were things like programming in a format like scrtach, with blocks to drag in, and the fact that it was very clear what the robot was doing. With this however, we foudn a couple disadvantages, like for some programs, you can not do multiple tasks at once, and also there were some programs that were unable to be completed.
We talked a lot about outreach, especially mentoring younger teams at our old school, Lake Harriet. While the robotics program there is quite successful, more and more younger students are joining every day, which causes an overload of students for the coaches to teach the basics. We decided to split into groups and volunteer our time twice a week to help mentor younger teams, focused in October and November when the main programming for the school competition is beginning. We also decided to volenteer our time at other FLL tournaments, to help judge and spread the word about FTC.
This blog covers details about our outreach events and other events that are important to our team, and our season.
Hi, we are the Rubies, FTC team 9890. To learn more about us, visit the "About Us" page