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About #PandaPower Robotics
Being a part of the FLL West Coast circuits for the past few years has really opened our eyes to the inequities between new and returning teams.
When we were starting #PandaPower, we had no idea what to do. We went into our first competition practically blind, with no idea what to expect. We didn’t know how scoring and judging worked, we barely understood the robot game. By some luck, we made it through the qualifiers and were enthused enough to continue. But on the other hand, we saw so many other new teams at our first qualifier, many of whom were discouraged by not advancing and dropped out of the program shortly after.
Over the years, our team built on our early success and grew into a pretty successful team. For the past 5 seasons, we have been invited to the World Festival 3 out of 5 years. You can read more about the team at pandapowerrobotics.com. We’ve had a lot of fun, and also learned what it takes to be a championship Lego robotics team.
We are creating #PandaPower Robotics to help rookie and underserved teams get the resources and knowledge they need to become successful, driven FLL teams. Having done this for 6 years now, we feel we have learned a lot of practical knowledge that can help teams get over the early learning curve and into the fun part of the FLL experience.