Today we were going to do horseback riding around five o’clock. We woke up late and directly ate lunch at Canyon Village. When we arrived near the horseback riding place, a black bear was hiding in the grass and just settling down. During the horseback ride, there was a herd of elk and some bison. To me, it was kind of lame since I’ve been on a lot of horseback rides and this was probably the worst one. Because there was nothing to see, I was bored during the journey. After we finished the horseback trip, we observed a bluebird. It was a pleasant sensation to view. We also saw another black bear when we were returning to the cabin. We came through Hayden Valley to get to the cabin, and we saw two wolfs playing with each other. That was an extraordinary way to end my day.
Today we went to the north and northwest side of Yellowstone to look at Mammoth Springs and Tower Falls. There were occasional surprises along the way. First, we went to Mammoth Springs and saw an intriguing texture on the eroding rocks. When we were going to the car, we saw four female elks nearby and posing for us. After we went to the car we were heading to Tower Falls (which was closed down due to a sinkhole that damaged the road), we saw two coyotes playing and then hunting. It was far away but close enough to see clearly in the binoculars. After we realized that Tower Falls was closed for two more years because of the sinkhole, we went to Lamar Valley to observe wolves and bears, but we didn’t find any. I was dejected and sad that we couldn’t grab a perspective of any. On the flip side, I saw thousands of bison running from something I did not view. We also saw a pronghorn that was about to cross the road. I would say yesterday was more satisfactory than today. Although, animals are a gift in life and I must perish them and keep them safe. After all, my name means Earth (born to protect animals of all kind).
Today my parents and I planned to go to The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Before we left, we got breakfast and sat with the elks nearby. After we finished eating, we checked out from our cabin to a new one. Then we hit the road and we navigated our way to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Along the way, there was a mini-hike I wanted to do. It was a stinky sulfur hike. We went to the mud volcano area and saw the Dragon’s Mouth Spring, the Mud Caldron, Sour Lake, Sizzling Basin, Churning Caldron, and Black Dragon’s Caldron. After that we finished strolling around bubbly mud pits, we went to the Canyon area and saw the Lower Falls via Artist’s Point and the Upper Falls via an outlook. In the overlook of the Upper Falls, we saw two mule deer eating together. After that, we decided to head back to our cabin and sleep. Fortunately, two animals stopped us. A 12-point bull Elk and a Grizzly bear! They were just a fourth of a mile apart. They foraged near the road and ate an evening snack. The bear and the elk sighting were a breathtaking way to end my day!
Today I saw some more elegant bison and elk. I arrived at Storm Point, where you can see the Yellowstone Lake from an outlook. As I was walking, there were a lot of bees and wildflowers. Although it was pretty, I was traumatized at the sight of so many bees. When I arrived at the outlook, I saw a marmot family. They were looking at me in curiosity. I guess they get a lot of visitors, so they were used to people. The viewpoint was pretty, but I always focus more on wildlife rather than the scenery. As we came back from the standpoint into the bee terror trail, we saw a juvenile rubber boa snake. To end the day, we saw a large elk herd and elk running in the water from some predator. We couldn’t see the predator, but something spooked them for sure!
During my first day in Yellowstone, I went to see all the popular tourist attractions. While I was heading to Old faithful with my parents for lunch, I saw some bison nearby. I ate a fish burger which was pricy but delicious. Then we waited to see the Old Faithful erupt. After I saw the old faithful erupt (humungous in my perspective), my parents and I went to see the Grand Prismatic Spring at a closer look. I could see the rainbow-colored spring right before my very eyes. These are created by the archaea bacteria when the sun rays hit the bacteria. When I returned from the spring to my cabin, I saw the first elk in my entire life. The elk looked very majestic and big.
You have to stay six feet apart. This is called social distancing. Did we follow their orders? There were some mixed reactions in some people not appearing to follow the recommendations and others were more serious in following them. During quarantine we still support and help each other during the coronavirus. This includes providing free testing sites, giving out masks and honoring the medical field.
A school district known as Katy Independent School District (Katy-ISD) provided a free testing site area. The Texas government supplies free testing kits in certain places of the county. The only problem is though there aren’t enough places that will allow the government to do free testing. That’s why a school district allowed them to test on their property. Other places started doing the same. NRG stadium bought many hospital beds for around a million dollars. Unfortunately the money got wasted because there weren’t as many cases as expected. This proves that the community supports everyone no matter what during the Coronavirus.
For example, the app Nextdoor provides people with the resources of selling masks to customers who did not have and needed masks. These people are helping others like my family and I, so the risk of spreading coronavirus is decreasing. Gallery Furnitures so far has had two mask giveaways for people who don’t have one. One mask per person in the car was the rule. Jim McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furnitures was the one who gave out fifteen thousand masks. This is an example of how the community supported each other during the pandemic crisis.
The government in Texas honored people working in the medical field because they do a lot of work to put a stop to the pandemic. The Texas government honors and encourages them by flying Blue Angels planes across Texas to show the tribute they have for doctors, nurses, etc. This proves that the government admires the medical field.
To conclude, even though we have social distancing we still assist others for their needs. We can aid the community by doing money giveaways, blood donation, giving funds, and much more. The actions of doing something small for the community can evolve into something major for the entire community.
We walked into the high school and registered for our team. Then we found a table and placed all our items to win the Qualifier match. Then, I waited for the rest of my teammates to arrive(7 total). After that, when the rest of my teammates arrived we took pictures and gave offerings to our robot. That’s a mini ritual that we do, so the robot will do well in the game. We got called to do our innovation project, core values, and robot design. Overall, we did very good(that’s what I think) and that was what we were hoping for. First, we did our Innovation Project and we secretly saw our rubric and got ALL excellent in our Innovation project. Then, we did Core Values and then Robot design. We gave the judges lemonade and hoped for the best. We came back to our table and relaxed, so we can do our robot game. Suddenly, we saw other teams giving out stuff and then we decided to use our Popsicle sticks and wrote “E-lemon-Ators” and “good luck”. That was successful. Duh. After some time, we ordered Taco Bell and ate it. Then the robot game started. We had 3 rounds. 1st round was okay; the blocks fell due to gravity. 2nd chance was good; except the robot did NOT go on the bridge. 3rd chance was horrible; the robot did horrible and gyro drifted. We waited HOURS to get the results. For the robot game we got 280 points which is really good for a rookie qualifier match. Finally, we got the results. The first result was that we got 3rd place robot game which was 280 points. But then, the speaker announced,” They had matching clothes, matching shoes, and matching accessorizes. For the championships award we have chosen 4…..8……0……0……9 THE E-LEMON-ATORS!!!!!” We raced up and got the award for 1st place in championship. That is the BEST out of BEST! We also advanced to the next level which was regional.
REMEMBER, “When life gives you lemons, E-LEMON-ATE them!”
What is FLL? — FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a program that supports children and youngsters in order to introduce them to science and technology(STEM) in a sport.This is worldwide. Every year in August, they release a challenge to work on. During the season you will learn a lot of topics. Core Values plays a major role. Core Values are things that you learn like Discovery, Impact, Fun, Innovation, Teamwork, and Inclusion. Another topic is Innovation project. This is where you will invent the problem we face related to the challenge. Robot game is where you create your own robot with the EV3 MindStorms kit and battle against other robots by completing as many missions with multiple points.
What is my team’s name? — E-Lemon-Ators. My team’s number is 48009. Follow us on Twitter @FLL_48009
Can anyone join? — kids from elementary to middle school can create or join a team with a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 10 people.
Is this only in the United States of America(USA)? — NO! This is worldwide tournament. There are 4 Levels that vary if you are in USA or not. If you are in USA, there are 3 levels qualifying, regionals, and world. If you are NOT in USA, there are 4 levels qualifying, regionals, NATIONALS, and world.
Today is the day of regional Qualifier FLL Match. This tournament determines which FLL team will go to the world championship and only ONE team can go. Let’s start! We went to our pit where we set everything up and wait to do our presentations. When we went, we did innovation, core value, and robot design in the following order. Innovation was good, but one of the judges was grumpy. When we gave her lemonade though the judge got happy. Core values was next and I was very jumpy for this one! I think we did pretty well. Our team building activity was each team member took an emoji and using them we created a really random story that made sense. LOL. We gave them lemonade too. Next, we did robot design. I think we have shocked the judges because we brought many of the items that other teams didn’t bring. We also gave them lemonade. I forgot to mention that we gave each of the judges accessorizes like lemon necklaces and bracelets! Then we came back into our pits and relaxed until the robot games started. It was time to do the robot game. 1st round- was good except the crane mission did not work . 2nd round- was good didn’t go on bridge. 3rd round- was same as 2nd round. We anxiously waited for our results and the awards started. They gave every team member a participation medal for going through this stage. As we waited, an announcer yelled, ” In the Judges Award, we have a rising star team here! 4…..8……0…….0…….9….. THE E-LEMON-ATORS!!!!!” The suspense killed every single one of my team members and we were very happy. Sadly, we did not get to the World Festival. But there are many more years to come!
What is Judge’s Award?
According to http://www.firstlegoleague.org , the judge’s award is during the course of competition the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition. Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories. Examples include: Against All Odds or Overcoming Adversity or Perseverance This award goes to the team that improvises and overcomes a difficult situation while still making a respectable showing, with an attitude that shows, “We can overcome incredible odds if we never give up, no matter what!”
What is Rising Star Award?
According to http://www.firstlegoleague.org , the rising star award means it recognizes a team that the judges notice and expect great things from in the future.
Where is the World tournament?
There were 2 locations for world FLL but due to COVID-19 or the Coronavirus the world FLL was canceled. The locations were Houston, Texas and Detroit.
Do you think getting a hundred on a test was because you are smart, or was it because you gradually work hard and tried to get a good grade? Even though you got a hundred, you are diligent to accomplish your goal. Hard work is the effort of trying your best to complete or achieve your mission. As a matter of fact, when you are determined to fulfill your objective, you automatically start trying your best.
For instance, Outcasts United, by Warren St. John, Luma the soccer coach, was determined to unite a team called the Fugees. Sadly, her attempt into pushing the team failed. She tried her best to make the kids run laps, juggle soccer balls, score goals, pass the ball, and many more. The issue was that the kids weren’t taking her seriously because she is a woman. Some of the kids judged her and did not listen to her. When the first game started, they were miserable. They played as an individual, and not as a team. When Luma realized that, she worked on some ideas to make them win and to prove them wrong. After she made the Fugee’s work repeatedly so much at their third game they finally won. Consequently, to be successful means, you should strive to target your dreams or ambition.
Another example is every year starting from third to twelfth grade, there is a state test called STAAR. This state assessment that I study for, is what colleges look at. If I want to go to my dream college(MIT), then I have to be conscientious for it. I get good grades on the STAAR by taking previous STAAR tests, practice tests, Khan Academy, books, and etc. When I do all of this, I usually get none wrong on the STAAR test. This is because I practiced and I am committed to do well on the test.
All things considered, working hard in order to succeed can happen in any job, grade, or person, but no matter if it is with me or the soccer coach, we always put our best foot forward to succeed!
From Texas to Louisiana, to Mississippi to Alabama, and to Tennessee. That was the beginning of the trip, folks. My parents and I stayed in a hotel called, Springhill Marriott in Pigeon Forge. I would give it 5 stars because the breakfast was great, the custodians were very helpful, and it was very comfy to sleep. After we relaxed in the hotel, we went to a very unpleasant restaurant called Johnny Carino’s. I highly do not recommend it. When we came back to the hotel, my parents and I soon fell asleep solid like a rock, after all, it was a hectic day.