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We are a Jr. F.L.L. Team 4323 - B.E.E.s (Brownie-Daisy, Exceptional, Engineers),  a Girl Scout Team of girls in the Kindergarden through 3rd grade.  We love working together and having fun. We are learning about simple machines and how to build them. This is our second year and we are so so excited about this year's challenge "Creature Craze." We first be learned all about bees since our team name is the same. We learned how to program our new WeDo2 seen behind the elephant.    
We has a great time attending  FIRST World Expo in Houston April 19th through 22nd.
We are looking forward to having new members join our team.  
We are a Girl Scout Team in Titusville Florida. We have been working together since mid June and are enjoying learning about new things and trying new concepts. We started out learning about "bees" which is our team name. B.E.E.s is an acronym for Brownie/Daisy Exceptional Engineers. There are three members on our team. Two of us are in the same Girl Scout Troop and two of us go to the same school. We all love building things with LEGOs and programming. We also enjoy dancing and playing games. We have played several games that help build our skills allowing us to work together better. We have enjoyed sharing with each other the information we found on either the bees, bats, bunnies or humans. We meet every other week to learn, build on our model, create our poster and enjoy our friendship. We work on "Dinner in a Bag" service project for our local veterans. This project provides all the fixings for a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner for these deserving Veterans that live at the Victory Village Complex.
We have picked out three different animals to do research on which are the Bat, Bunny and Human.
We wanted to learn more about the bunnies as they live in a burrow and separate the raising of their young just like the bees. Bunnies eat the flowers that bees get the nectar and pollen to make their honey and wax for the bee hives. The other animal we wanted to learn more about is the bat. Where some bats eat the fruit and nectar which helps the pollination process. The third animal was the human, which rely on the bees for many things. So, all our creatures the bats, bunnies and humans rely on the bees for their food. 
We used books, the internet (reading articles and watching videos) and information we have learned in school to talk about how the bats, bees, and bunnies can live together, as well as how the human interacted with each of the animals.
We were surprised to find that the bees and bunnies have a similar behavior in that they keep the raising of their young in a separate part of the hive or burrow. We also determined that all three animals live in dark places (the burrow, the cave, and the hive) and adventure out to get their food. Unlike the humans live in a different type of environment. We know that humans grow the bunnies and bees for food. They also build wooden boxes for the bats and bees to live in. We learned so much as we built our “Show Me” Poster. During our research we found that bats, bees, bunnies, and humans all have knees. That the bats, bees and humans dance to communicate with each other. We will continue our research as we get ready to make a video and explain fun and interesting facts about our animals.
We are have completed with our model that has the habitat for the bats, bees, bunnies and humans. For the bunnies, we have a burrow and some playful elements to include some simple machines on the model. These simple lever machines are the swinging doors, the turning cake, the teeter-totter, and swing.
We have house where the human has a honey pump on the roof keeping everyone with enough honey. The pump as a simple lever for the pumping mechanism, an incline for the pump control and complex motor and the house has incline stair to the pump and instrument panels. Hidden on the model is the pump owner on a bicycle for our simple wheel function.
We have a bat cave the shows where the bats can live or that they can live in trees where a bee hive can be located.We also have a fan to keep the bat cool which has a simple wheel and a WeDo motor and sensor to change the fan direction (if programmed). We learned about different ways motors and gears work and added a screw type gear to make our special bat go around in circles.
We then added a pulley system to make the fan turn over the top of part of the cookie party keeping things cool. We felt our bunny family was missing out, not having much that was moving so we added a EV3 medium motor and connected it to the bunny swing. The inspiration set is on the model that contains levers and inclines to hold the honey supply. We have attached a NXT motor that uses several levers to raise and lower the bee onto the bee hive to release the honey.
Our last item is our flying bee over the flowers using a WeDo motor and sensor to control the bees action. We had a great time creating our model and adding all the simple machines... Lever, Screw, Wheel and Axle, Incline plane, Wedge and Pulley. The pictures have been printed and added to the "Show Me" poster. We have had a great time adding to our model, creating our poster and making our t-shirts. 

We are raising funds to attend the 2017 FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. World Expo April 19-22, 2017. We have been invited to represent Florida in this year's competition. This is a great honor and privilege to be invited.  For more information on FIRST please use this link

We will be competing with Kindergarten through 3 Grade Students from around the world. The money raised will pay for the travel and lodging expenses for the girls and their parents to travel to Houston Texas for the Expo.

The girls were awarded this opportunity of a life time by the merit of their work and understanding of this year's challenge "Creature Craze". To learn more about their journey please click here: .

Here is a link to a short video of their model:

FIRST LEGO League Jr. team members and adult Coaches and Volunteers all agree – season-ending events (Expos and Houston's FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Expo) are the most amazing, inspiring experiences they’ve ever had. Where else can you make new friends, share ideas, watch older kids compete with robots, and get pumped up over technology all while having the time of your lives? Kids realize more than ever that FIRST is all about teamwork, sharing, helping others, and respect. 

We thank everyone (from the bottom of our heart) who helped us to attend our exciting competition. We will be able to learn and grow our knowledge with students from the US (Southern and Western States) and around the world (South America, Africa, Australia, China and Mexico). 


This year we were awarded the following awards:

  • Amazing Movement Award - Exploding Bacon Library Expo
  • Simply Awesome Machine Award - World Expo
  • Master Programmer Award - Legoland Expo

You can read additional information about our team on page 8 of the Citrus Peel

Thanks again!