Tas to Texas

Photographed: from left: Jon H. Hayden, Harry, Malachi, Jon G. Front: Oscar and Erin

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, we have an amazing opportunity to represent Australia on the world stage.

https://www.gofundme.com/tas-2-texas-4-metal-minds-robotics

The Team:
An independent community group of 14 to 18 year olds, who’s hobby and passion is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and of course Robots

The Event:
First Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships. Metal Minds Robotics is the only First Tech Challenge team in Tasmania. We Design, Build and Program a competition robot each year.

We have competed at Australian National Championships for 5 years. We have won several awards at national Levels, Control Award (2 years), Innovation award (2017) now is the time for the world awards.

We have an opportunity to take the team to Houston, Texas for the WORLD Championships, April 18th to 21st 2018.

Our Fund Raising Goal:
It takes money to take a robot and it’s team to the other side of the world.

Please share this as far and wide as you can, all donations no matter how small are greatly appreciated.

Challenges are out!!

Things are happening at the Metal Minds headquarters.

The challenges for the FIRST Lego League and the FIRST tech challenge have been released and  our teams are working at full throttle.

There is much more to the challenges than just showing up on competition day.  The FLL team is researching and creating their project, trialing ideas and learning to work as a unit.  The FTC team is keeping meticulous records and engineering solutions.

Gracious professionalism is at the core of FIRST.  The skills the members of our teams learn are skills they will draw on for life.

They are taking full advantage of this time to grow as a team and as individuals.

We don’t treat our members like robots.

We find our team members individual strengths and encourage them to develop. They are individuals that make up a team. No one member is better than the next. We, at Metal Minds believe in coopertition where being the best isn’t important, its about supporting each other even if that means by helping another team in competition they beat us. We believe each child should be nurtured to their strengths and taught new ones along the way.

We don’t treat our members like robots.  Watch the video clip below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8

A storm of Mindstorms

We have been able to purchase three EV3 kits for our workshops.  Keep checking back for details of new workshops later this year.

We have been successful in receiving a grant from the City of Launceston to help us buy more equipment for both teams. We have also received a cheque from the organisers of the  Brixhibition The Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts  and the community fund of McDonald’s  Launceston towards the purchase of the 3 EV3 kits