At the Mukwonago Regional, we received the Inspiration Award.
We mentored six first year LEGO Girl Scout teams in the beginning of the 2011 LEGO season. We taught basic building and programming using NXTG.
We held demonstrations at several community events to promote STEM education and FIRST Robotics. We set up our challenge table, demonstrated robots for the spectators, and took turns explaining what FLL is to the visitors. We held demos at:
This year's problem had to relate to food safety. We had to pick a specific food and contaminant, then design a solution using engineering skills. We narrowed down our food to black peppercorns and the contaminant to salmonella. We had many ideas about how to stop the spread of salmonella in peppercorns. Our ideas ranged from a "wind tunnel" that blew the pepper around and irradiated it using a UV light to special tubes to improving the "dry steam" system. Eventually we decided that the decontamination would take place in the factory and would use UV light. After visiting Wixon, a local spice company, we decided on our solution. We designed a tube that would irradiate the peppercorns on all sides right before packaging. This would ensure that all peppercorns would come out safe and sanitary. We shared our solution at our competition in the form of a skit.