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LEGO SumoBots 11/02/15

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The Blazing Programmers lost their first bout in the semifinals, but managed to come back to defeat The A Team in a fiercely contested match.

In the second match of the day, Airstead held onto their lead to secure their place in the final match which wil take place on Monday, November 9 at 4:15pm.

Team FSB will face off against The A Team on Monday, November 9 at 3:30pm to determine the third place winner.


LEGO SumoBots 10/26/15

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Five more teams competed today, but only two emerged victorious. FSB Team will face off against Airstead next week (November 2) at 4:15pm. And last week's victors, Blazing Programmers and The A Team, will meet at 3:30pm


LEGO SumoBots Battle (SuGO)

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We just held our first LEGO SumoBots Battle, or "SuGO" for short.  "The Crazy Cool Kids of VO" and "Team Max" put up a valiant fight, but "The Blazing Programmer"s and "The A Team" emerged victorious. They will face off against each other in two weeks, on November 2.

Next week on October 26, four more teams will compete for the honor of entering the semi-final.

Each team starts with a preprogrammed base bot, to which they can alter or add any of the available LEGO pieces. They may also reprogram the rebot if they wish.

The battle takes place on a raised disk. The object is to knock the other team's robot off the platform, and best out of three wins the match.


So Long, and Thanks for All the Bricks*

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The inaugural season of LEGO Science Workshop has come to an end, but don't despair. This autumn will bring new classes and new workshop formats, including sumo-style LEGObot battles--a.k.a "SuGO."

Thank you to everyone who participated. If you would like to be informed of future events, please email us at

*with apologies to Douglas Adams

June Workshop - Scratch

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In honor of the Women's World Cup, we built soccer goal keepers this month. Instead of using the LEGO software, however, we programmed our goalies using MIT's free software Scratch


Scratch is a little more sophisticated than LEGO code and brings us a little closer to higher-level text programming languages, such as Python. Some of the concepts, such as the use of variables, might have been a little confusing, but that's okay for now. I'm sure if your children stick with it, it will eventually click. I encourage them to download Scratch to their own computers and start to play around. There are tons of great resources on the web. And, of course, we also have some good books in the library:

  1. Super Scratch programming adventure! : learn to program by making cool games! by the LEAD Project
  2. Scratch programming in easy steps by Sean McManus
  3. Learn to program with Scratch : a visual introduction to programming with games, art, science, and math by Majed Marji
  4. Python for kids : a playful introduction to programming by Jason R. Briggs

TouchTomorrow at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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"On Saturday, June 13, 2015 WPI will again transform its campus into a family-friendly festival of hands-on technology and exhibits in celebration of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge."