AVNet Tech Games at UAT

Gangplank Jr will be on hand at the AVNet Tech Games at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) on April 9th.

The Avnet Tech Games (ATG) is an annual college technology competition that provides students with an opportunity to apply what they learn in school to real-world scenarios and compete for scholarships.

We will be there to demonstrate that you don’t need to wait until college to get involved with technology and robots.  First Lego League Alumni will be on hand to demonstrate their bots, build new ones and share why they enjoy Gangplank Jr events.  Gangplankers will also get to see first hand some of the competitions they will be able to compete in as they move past the First Lego League.

Come by and say hi and build a bot.

P.S. we still have room for more Gangplank Jr kids to spend time at the booth exploring the Mindstorms kit.  This would be a great opportunity to get back into the swing of things after the break from FLL.

Gangplank Jr First Lego League Kickoff


Gangplank is putting together a First LEGO League robotics team. Lead by LEGO master, Gary Howard! This will be the kick off event. The team will be assembled and training regularly to get ready for the FLL event in the Fall.
Join Us for the Kick Off Event.

Official team will be ages 9 to 14, but if you have a child 6 to 8 we are looking at offering something non-official for them. If you know someone that might want to be a mentor please let them know as well.

Programming, Circuitry, Arduino, Robotics and Bakugan

What a crazy mix!  We recently put on a Desert Code Camp Jr event as part of Gangplank Jr.  The morning started off by letting kids create their own programs using the Scratch programming environment from MIT.  Then we had a multi-bracket Bakugan tournament with some seriously cool Bakugan prizes for the top three ranked players.  During the tournament kids and adults snarfed on Pizza and got a mental break.


After lunch the kids got to make pipe cleaner bugs.  Then the group (over 30 kids) split into two groups.  One group went to a lecture by @DocProfSky, one of their peers, who taught them about Arduino and basic electronic principles.  The other group split off to program Lego NXT Mindstorm robots.  After an hour the groups switched places.  The event ended up being better than expected and we look forward to more in the near future.


First Lego League @ Gangplank

We have been doing some LEGO NXT MindStorm events as part of Gangplank JR.  Last month we had the First LEGO League team from Mesa Academy in to present in preparation for their run at Regionals.  They ended up winning Regionals and going on to State.  This solidified for us that we definitely need to be putting together a formal First LEGO League team.  We would like to assemble teams for Ages 6 – 9,  Ages 9 – 14,  Ages 14 – 18.  If you are interested in getting involved please let us know.