NEOHBots February 2016 Newsletter

NEOHBots News Issue 5, 2/2/2016

With 29 FLL and seven Jr. FLL teams in attendance, dozens of volunteers, thousands of Lego pieces and parts, many parents, friends, and families watching the Robot Games and cheering for their teams the University of Akron District event was definitely one that we will all remember!

The big event began early January 9. Registration for volunteers and teams alike was in full steam by 8:00 am. Teams were whizzing through judging rooms and practice tables. They could be found during down time playing cards, finishing homework, and perfecting their robot for that afternoon’s Robot Games. Judges, charged with the difficult task of rating student’s Core Values, Robot, and Project,

certainly had their work cut out for them as the teams really brought their all to the tournament.

We were pleased to have Zach from Zero Waste perform an original song about sustainability during our very exciting Opening Event. Mr. Mike Substelny was our Master of Ceremonies and introduced the crowd to all the teams participating, recognized our volunteers, and kicked off the Robot Games.

After a lot of deliberation between judges, and many rounds in the Official Robot Games, our district tournament winners were announced!

NEOHBots News Issue 4, 11/22/2015

In addition awards were presented in the following categories:

Core Values

Inspiration Award – Smart Cookies Teamwork Award – Symphonic 8 Gracious  Professionalism  Award  – The BORG


Mechanical  Design  Award  –  The ThinkaDinks

Programming Award – Crazy Rhinos Strategy & Innovation Award – Brain Bots


Research Award – RoboBacon Innovative Solutions Award – Mechanical Flyers

Presentation Award – Voyagers (Kent)

Robot Performance Award – Tuxedo 7

Judges  Award  –  LCCS  Lightningbots (Lake Center Christian School, Hartville) Coaches’ Award Mechanical Fllyers Volunteer Award Adi Kalahasti

Congratulations to all of our teams that participated in the University of Akron’s District Tournament, a GIANT thank you to all of our volunteers, and best of luck to the teams moving on to states!


Although we’re technically still in the 2015/2016 season, FLL has released some information about next season challenge.

The theme for FLL next year is all about our furry, scaly, slimy, tall, and tiny co- inhabitants on this  globe – animals in all shapes, sizes, colors, and categories!

Teams will still create an autonomous robot to perform different tasks, work  together under the principles of FLL’s Core Values, and create a project to solve a very important global problem by thinking like scientists and engineers.

No details have been released yet, but more information from FIRST should arrive by August 30, 2016.

What do you think our Animal Allies challenge might be? Tweet us your thoughts and we will post it on our newsletter using




  • Feb. 6-7, 2016 – Wright State University


  • April 27-30, 2016 – St. Louis


LCCS  Thunderbolts for sharing your robot and expertise at the Akron Public Schools science fair!