The Community Lemonade Game, The WRO, The World Cup and Robot Football

The Community Lemonade Game, The WRO, The World Cup and Robot Football

I’M PLAYING A GAME – The World Robot Olympiad Version of the Community Lemonade Game. I’ve created myself a challenge to build community around the Southern California Qualifier of the World Robot Olympiad, that will be held by the Robotics Society of Southern California (RSSC). So the Gauntlet… the challenge… is to successfully execute the competition on August 11th, 2018. In my quest for community around the World Robot Olympiad, I have a number of goals: space, equipment, coaches, skills, materials, players.

Will you make Lemonade with me?

It's so delicious!
Will you make Lemonade with me?

Dear reader, I would like to reassure you that I am still playing the game.  I have been away, but not absent.  There is a lot to be done.  Let me remind myself (and you) of the quest I have created for myself.

In my quest for community around the World Robot Olympiad (WRO), I have a number of goals: space, equipment, coaches, skills, materials, players.

It’s Sunday, July 8th.  My visitors arrive August 2nd.

Advancing the goal of Players: I am expecting 13 students from China to participate in a preparation program that includes coaches from China and the U.S.  These coaches will share what they know about the World Robot Olympiad, about the LEGO(r) EV3, about the LEGO(r) NXT. 

The students will work alongside students from the United States.  They will share what they know about LEGO(r) creative and technical skills; about projects they have completed and projects on which they are working; about their languages of English and Chinese, about food and culture.  And they will consider what they will do to save the world, starting with issues around food: Promoting sustainable agriculture, Improving nutrition, Achieving food security and Ending hunger as they work towards Goal 2 of the United Nations Sustainability Goals.

It’s a lot for one week.  I think next year, we must have more time.

I am working towards a goal of multi-national teams.  Teams that might consist of one American, one Chinese and one Mexican.  Perhaps it is one Trinidadian, one Chinese, one Mexican  Or one French, one Spanish one Chinese.  I know it sounds a little extreme; fraught with difficulties.  It is the way the world is going.  Global corporations engage… globally!  It means that Mexican, French, American, Trinidadian and Chinese citizens might all find themselves working for the same Global company.  By embracing the challenges, we acknowledge the difficulties and start working together on solving common problems.  Perhaps we will find some multi-national teams this year.  Perhaps we will need to wait until next year for this.  We are unraveling the story day by day.

Dear Readers, I need your help!

I am looking for folks who might speak both English and Chinese.  I will need volunteers to support this BIG IDEA of mine.  We are creating the problems, and you can be part of the solution.  If you are interested in helping me, please let me know!

If you or your child is interested in participating in the World Robot Olympiad, I would like to help you find a group that is supporting it!

Please contact me if you would like to volunteer, or find a program in which to register your child.


As the world is enthralled with the progress of the World Cup games, we are finding interest in the Robot Football game of the World Robot Olympiad.  It’s certainly an advanced level of game, and it seems that the rules for this game are progressing year over year.  It’s an interesting concept, an autonomous football (soccer) game.  I think the current games must be played slowly, but I took a look to see what videos exist.  Here’s one from the World Robot Olympiad association.  Please, take the time to view this.  It’s worth it, I promise.

One of my high school interns is interested in the Robot Soccer game.  If you would like to sponsor equipment for her team, that would help them to get started.  Please contact me and I will put you in contact with the student.

And as I conclude today’s post, I’m thinking… This could be very, very, interesting.

Trish Tsoiasue is a community builder based in Long Beach, California . She builds socially responsible, grassroots communities, has many hobbies and interests, and lots and lots of ideas. She is trained in LEGO(r) Serious Play and the Creative Problem Solving Institute‘s methods of intentional creativity. The communities she has created and in which she takes most pride are the Long Beach LEGO User Group, Makersville and ScoutMaker (a prototype community started at Title I, Lincoln Elementary School through a grant from Honda Research and Development arranged by the Long Beach BSA ).  You can find all posts related to this current game on the Squigglemom website.

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