Last year the Belknap Bots of Dover had a challenging FIRST LEGO League experience. After a great preseason preparing for competition, and armed with a nearly 400pt robot they went to their qualifier at UNH. Unfortunately the robot experienced a malfunction and would only do donuts when they ran a program.
What makes FLL so great, many teams at the event jumped in to support the Belknap Bots providing replacement parts, extra EV3 bricks, computers and other parts. The teams and coaches at the UNH qualifier helped them troubleshoot the problems but could not identify the source of the malfunction.
In true FIRST spirit, after the event UNH competition coordinators and state partner BAE started working with the team to try and help ease their frustrations and this lead them to us at the NH LEGO LEAGUE.
After hearing the story, LEGOMAN Dan, our coach of FLL Team #55 Kings of Konstruction contacted the team and went to Dover to troubleshoot the issue with the team. After a couple of weeks of looking at a number of things we found that the issue was a defect in the spinning motor, not the motor they thought had failed. The team has worked very hard over the last year to fix this issue and The Belknap Bots will be back next year and stronger than ever. This is a great group of kids who show tremendous Gracious Professionalism in everything they do.