Terminators were the first team from the city of Karditsa to ever participate in a FIRST competition. This year our team aims to go even higher.

After several nominations for awards, the excellent performance in the robotics and successful results of their environmental project, Terminators returned with renewed enthusiasm and more passion for work, ready for a bigger challenge. Consisting of 25 high school students and guided by 10 professional mentors, they are now competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).

Team Terminators, after
a very successful season,
are stepping up the game.

Nonetheless, Team Terminators has a lot of previous experience that will help them in its endeavor. The team has experience with FIRST Lego League (FLL) and the LEGO Mindstorms Software, which is based on the LabVIEW environment. Therefore, Terminators has knowledge of graphical programming and will easily adapt to the new programming language it has chosen, namely LabVIEW. What is more, our team has competed at a FIRST Competition and surpassed everyone’s expectations as a newly-formed team.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

During the previous school year (2016-2017) our team participated in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition in Thessaloniki, organized by eduACT. Although Terminators participated for the first time in a competition as a team, our team was crowned with great success at the National Finals, ranking 9th in the Robot Game. At the same time, our team was nominated for plentiful awards, such as Teamwork, Team Spirit, Coopertition, Gracious Professionalism in Core Values, Problem Identification, Problem Analysis, Team Solution, Innovation, Sharing and Creativity in Project and Mission Strategy, Programming Quality, Programming Efficiency, Automation/Navigation, Mechanization and Mechanical Efficiency in Robot Design.

It is also worth noting that the team had no financial aid and was the only team in the National Finals that used LEGO Mindstorms NXT and not EV3. Team Terminators borrowed that incomplete kit from the local Directorate of Education, as neither the school nor the students could afford to buy the expensive EV3 robot kit.

Nonetheless, our team received personal congratulations from the Chairman of the Committee on the Environment of the Hellenic Parliament and ARCHELON for its project entitled “Program for the Eradication of Plastic Bags and the Protection of Marine Life”. (The Project is available in Greek at tinyurl.com/projectFLL).