MEETING THE OEC TEAMS
Today, we meet team Mindstorms from Spain
This whole story that has brought us here began some years ago with a school optional subject called robotics. We were a bunch of 20 people who had never heard about FIRST LEGO League and what it really means. The only thing we knew was that we would have to build up a robot, program it, and make a presentation on a given subject as if we were scientists or engineers willing to change the world.
Since it was our very first year taking part in the FIRST LEGO League world and we knew almost nothing, our teacher, David Frauca, taught us how to program the robot. We found ourselves working together, as a team, learning and getting ready to take part in the following year’s FLL. Some of the students had to leave the robotics subject, but new people joined us, and they are still active members of the team.
When we won the Micro FLL -the regional qualifying championship-, we realized that by working together we would be able to achieve any goal we had in mind, so we kept on working harder.
Given that we’re seven members in our team, it’s not always easy to reach an agreement when it comes to taking decisions. The frequent arguments made it difficult for us to communicate efficiently but, in the end, going through that made us stronger.
We won another Regional Final held in Barcelona, and it was at that point when we understood that the seven of us, separately, have some remarkable qualities. But when we stand together and work as a team, we’re driven by a unique force, a deep motivation and a very special friendship.
After Barcelona, we reached Spain’s National Final which took place in Girona. We were almost certain that our endeavour was about to end, but… Here we are! Preparing ourselves for the Open European Championship!
The most valuable thing we’ve obtained from this whole experience aren’t the cups or medals, but the wonderful memories we’re taking with us from each tournament we take part in.
KNOWING OEC TIPS
Tenerife’s cool vocabulary.
Did you know that the Spanish spoken in the Canary Islands is very similar to the Spanish spoken in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic? It has actually much more to do with Latin America rather than Spain! Some theories define it as a merger between Portuguese and Spanish. However, Portuguese can hardly be noticed because it has been gradually replaced by Castilian. Find below some useful vocabulary that might come in handy during your stay in Tenerife.
Guanche – Name of the ancient inhabitants of the Island of Tenerife.
Papas – Potatoes.
Cachanchan – Someone who is useless or incompetent.
Mojo – Typical sauce, essential in the Canarian cuisine. There are several types, depending on their components, but the common denominator are chilli peppers. Depending on the color of the chilli peppers, the mojo can be either red (or “picón”) or green, which can also contain cilantro or parsley.
Guagua – Bus.
Varar – To surf, literally. Remember that Tenerife is one of the top surfing destinations in Europe, if not in the world!
Do you know anyone willing to volunteer?
Not only we’re setting up a huge international science and technology event, but we shall also deal with and try to solve one of the world’s biggest challenges: waste management.
We know that volunteers are an essential part of the event’s success, and we would like to count on as many people as possible to help us make it possible.
If you know someone who might be interested in joining the OEC as a volunteer, please, forward her/him this information, and ask her/him to fill in the Volunteer Registration Form that can be found on our website.
Remember that all those joining us as volunteers will get free access to the event as well as free meals! It’s going to be a great chance to meet people from all over the world!
Let’s make this edition an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Think no further! Join the OEC 2016 and enjoy the FLL experience as a volunteer!