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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
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I was just wondering if we need to go to the new type of robot or if it
will have to eventually be purchased. The $75 dollar kit is just the basic
without the new EV3.  We have NXT.  Thanks

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM, Wendy Newton <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> My kids only meet once per week for a couple of hours because they have so
> many other things we are working around. Because of that they do research
> between meetings during the project phase and then put it together when
> they come to meetings.
> So for last year they each researched and picked a natural disaster and
> community, then they came back together and talked about them, did some
> research together and decided between them which one to concentrate on.
> Then they each researched the natural disaster they picked at home and the
> problems that might result from that, came back together to discuss and
> pick the one to concentrate on. And so on. They are using the same method
> for this year but still working through it.
> During the first part of the season they concentrate on project and once
> they feel they have a good handle on it, move to robot.
> The first year (Senior Solutions) they did them concurrently but being all
> boys that was their favorite part. Judging feedback from their tournament
> indicated they were too robot focused. We kept the feedback sheets and they
> reviewed them prior to the start of last year and changed their strategy
> which worked very well.
>
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM, Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> I have been thinking about assigning project homework to my 4th and 5th
>> graders that they would do with their parents' help. Nothing big, maybe 15
>> minutes of Internet research.
>>
>> Has anyone tried that approach?  Thoughts?
>>
>> (My kids' parents are exceptionally supportive).
>>
>>
>> On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Gowri Kumar <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> There are  five teams from our school and each team gets to practice the
>>> mission once a week for two hours. Then they would meet at library or
>>> someone's place once a week and do the research and other team activities.
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>
>>> On Sep 16, 2014, at 9:41 AM, "Poole, Aeronia" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>  I am curious if anyone has a school-based team and how you divide the
>>> practice time to cover research, building, programming, and team-building.
>>> We have 1 hour, 15 minutes 1X/week, but just added a 2nd day.  Feeling
>>> a bit stressed about what to focus on before regional tournaments.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Mrs. Poole
>>>
>>> MS Tech Lab
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [
>>> mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Scott Rakestraw
>>> *Sent:* Monday, September 15, 2014 4:15 PM
>>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>>> *Subject:* Re: [VADCFLL-L] Robot Design for Rookies
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Frank,
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Every coach struggles with this, you are not alone.  There is a balance,
>>> my first year I was completely hands-off and evolved my approach with
>>> experience.  After my first year and after having some experience in Boy
>>> Scouts, I adopted the Edge Method from Boy Scouts, which is a method of
>>> learning by doing and a Robotics Badge Learning system.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Explain how it is done – tell them
>>>
>>> Demonstrate the steps – show them
>>>
>>> Guide – learn as they practice – watch them do it
>>>
>>> Enable – help them to succeed on their own
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> We apply the EDGE method with summer workshops and challenges that
>>> explain, demonstrate and guide.  By the time missions are released, they
>>> are on the enable step and have a strong foundation.   Once we have the
>>> missions, the team completes a robot design worksheet which defines the
>>> robot they will build.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> We also use a Robotics Badge Learning System as part of the process, a
>>> concept borrowed from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  I use the badges to
>>> recognize team contribution and more importantly, to encourage team members
>>> to learn and try new things.   I think we have about 30 badges. For
>>> example, you can earn a line following or wall squaring badge. Because they
>>> want to earn badges, they take the time to learn about a concept.  When
>>> they are doing run strategy, they figure out how to apply a badge concept
>>> like wall or line squaring.  The badges are not just robot focused, they
>>> also cover project and core values.  My team this year is a Division II of
>>> all 7th grade girls that has won awards at States the last two years,
>>> they still want to earn badges.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> If you are interested in the Robotics Badge Learning System, challenges
>>> or worksheets, they are available on my robotics blog,
>>> www.fllstartingpoint.com, under resources.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Scott Rakestraw
>>>
>>> www.fllstartingpoint.com
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Capital Teens
>>>
>>> Capital Girls
>>>
>>> Capital Girls Too
>>>
>>> Code Crackers (4 Years)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [
>>> mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Frank Levine
>>> *Sent:* Monday, September 15, 2014 12:00 AM
>>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>>> *Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] Robot Design for Rookies
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>>   I was wondering where the line is between 'kids do the work' vs
>>> 'starter robot' is?  I have seen several suggestions (both here and on the
>>> interwebs) that this/that robot is a great robot for rookies, etc.  While
>>> my team has been trying to make a decent robot from scratch, I have taken
>>> many of the suggestions that I have seen from the internet and made what I
>>> think is a decent driving base.  Is it appropriate to hand that base over
>>> to the rookies and let them go from there?  Will the judges frown on a
>>> coach doing some of the initial legwork to get a base started?  What's the
>>> difference between that and finding a starting base on-line?  Ideally I
>>> would love to see them make it from scratch, but today's building session
>>> has me thinking that this may be a bit of a stretch.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Frank Levine
>>>
>>> "The Construction Mavericks"
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>>>
>>> *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [
>>> mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Frank Levine
>>> *Sent:* Monday, September 15, 2014 12:00 AM
>>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>>> *Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] Robot Design for Rookies
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>>   I was wondering where the line is between 'kids do the work' vs
>>> 'starter robot' is?  I have seen several suggestions (both here and on the
>>> interwebs) that this/that robot is a great robot for rookies, etc.  While
>>> my team has been trying to make a decent robot from scratch, I have taken
>>> many of the suggestions that I have seen from the internet and made what I
>>> think is a decent driving base.  Is it appropriate to hand that base over
>>> to the rookies and let them go from there?  Will the judges frown on a
>>> coach doing some of the initial legwork to get a base started?  What's the
>>> difference between that and finding a starting base on-line?  Ideally I
>>> would love to see them make it from scratch, but today's building session
>>> has me thinking that this may be a bit of a stretch.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Frank Levine
>>>
>>> "The Construction Mavericks"
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