Thursday, January 26, 2012

FIRST LEGO League - Regional Championship Tournament

The Patriot Engineering Team presented a display of a working model of a grist mill, as part of the Jr. FIRST LEGO League 'Snack Attack' program. The exhibit was part of the FLL Regional Championship Tournament, held at Hockaday on January 21. Many fellow FLL competitors and fans stopped by to view the exhibit, and view the demonstrations of the grist mill operation. Throughout the day, the PET members also mingled with fellow engineers, and learned a little about robotics.

George H.W. Bush Elementary student Lane Duncan prepares the Patriot Engineering Team display.

George H.W. Bush Elementary First LEGO League Jr. display.

Patriot Engineering Team member Lane Duncan, with R2D2.

George H.W. Bush students learn robotics at the FLL Regional LEGO  competition.

George H.W. Bush Elementary students enjoyed learning about robotics at the  FLL  competition at Hockaday.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chuck Wagon Cooking at Gadston Farm Museum

After shelling and milling our corn at the Slabtown Mill, it was time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. So, we unloaded a Dutch oven from the chuckwagon, and whipped up a breakfast of biscuits, pancakes, and eggs ! It takes a little longer than the microwave or instant mixes, but the time and effort is certainly worth it !!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

SLABTOWN MILL - Corn shelling and grinding at the Slabtown Grist Mill

A visit to the Slabtown Mill exhibit, at the Gadston Farm Museum, was a learning experience in the hard work of shelling and grinding corn into meal and flour. The hand powered corn shellers remove the corn from the cob. The corn is then milled, or ground, into meal and corn flour.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

PET Learns LEGO's

Patriot Engineering Team members recently visited the LEGOLAND facility in Grapevine, Texas. The group learned how LEGO's are manufactured and viewed many awesome LEGO constructions. The members learned a few engineering tricks and managed to mix in a little fun as well !!