Everyone had a great time. The youngsters who took a turn at driving the robot were given a robot drivers license which they all seemed very excited to receive.
We were glad that Sebastian was able to bring the LT robot. Their is smaller than ours and a little easier for the younger kids to control. We ran through a couple of batteries between 11 AM and 3:30 PM.
Close to the end of our stay we had a close call. The flag pole became bound up and we experienced some "magic smoke" rising from the Tetrix DC motor that drives the flag winch. It was sizzling hot. Although we had been limiting motor power for all of the other motors during the day, this one was set to produce full torque. After cooling off, the motor still worked, but we're wondering if we can depend on it for the future. I guess our good deed kept the bad electrical demons at bay.
We talked to many families who owned NXT controllers and the Mindstorms kits but didn't really do much with them. There is a lot of interest in the community for this type of technology and experience. My feeling is that our village could easily field several FLL and JrFLL teams with the proper guidance.