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Jeffrey Schoolcraft <[log in to unmask]>
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RoboCup Rescue has a set of tiles you reuse to set up different fields:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robocupjunior.org.au_rescue&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=Very0xda2TUt6ACCCDYxFyISepKdLt1-RokpLpm9p6E&e= 

I've always wanted to do a robot drag race / hill climb challenge.  Could
do a lot of things with something like that:
- center of gravity
- impact of different wheels (friction, speed)
- gearing for torque/speed
- have a "gate" to start so when the touch sensor is released the robots
start

Ashburn Robotics in the NoVa area tried Sumobots a while ago.  Not sure if
they were still doing it, but the rules make for an interesting challenge
for kids: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__legacy.ashburnrobotics.com_-3Fpage-5Fid-3D170&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=YxoF_gabnrqvT44HjsP2eKr3jxZo5xuJnAxMR6DmO_0&e= 

Here are some other ideas I've collected (just a dump of links, you'll have
to click through and see if they make since / still exist):

Some ideas:

   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robotmats.com_Site_generalskillsmat.htm&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=g1WnmCjbDgQZ3LYEMVOA8LMfvakSm7rca0ALgztvT88&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robotmats.com_Site_linesandgridsmat.htm&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=f1U8CTMa3rCnup0wTK7Ni9GsUuAOcRlhvsWpUgOlN2A&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.robotmats.com_Site_countingandtargets.htm&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=OyG0CTRmg7SA3mqqFv2FLGscX_VKIUuuyMQsn-cZ4Zk&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__vimeo.com_64253147&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=W-V59RIAyr9XxpCp9h0ouRTrqqxwt_G2QZg93yNw_Tw&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__vimeo.com_14331185&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=sbX7qLe9QWAyc_azZZIO9QNidRlS9wYswoeJOxNYPBw&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__robotsquare.com_2012_11_28_line-2Dfollowing_&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=gMuYrwJ1Z8TSYB37fVS9SsPG1j6t8U1QfIXDzxkPcPE&e=  (the pdf
   https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__robotsquare.com_wp-2Dcontent_uploads_2012_11_linefollowtiles.pdf&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=CLUErk57O8CIV8WjBLNcsb1XuDMMPPsukUBs9VPP6A0&e= )

Ways to practice at home:

   -
   https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__thenxtstep.blogspot.com_2008_11_fll-2Dhow-2Ddo-2Dyou-2Dpractice-2Dat-2Dhome.html&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=a0nGGPPFEy8VAzaVoxqqxWaWb4ETOvP02EnbuvBFjK4&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.acroname.com_robotics_info_expo2001_line_details.html&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=KmimuGsHJY9QShN1-ERtUQM0sz57vPrWFjUYxZCEE5Q&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.uncp.edu_chem-5Fphy_robo_LineFollowingchallenges2008-2D4.pdf&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=78Crd9N6g8PhFLQn2FzcY4TyI3pMp9gIidhFH2OCZUg&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.uncp.edu_chem-5Fphy_robo_&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=gmzML-QZL9XRObWjyUELyf1fxk75-QBdwSbZmGUTHK4&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.uncp.edu_chem-5Fphy_robo_roboslalom.pdf&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=4qEt1jp1wWkEVBkykB2h6dwbjALmQUoYzcu3CBl-vxo&e= 


*Buying Options*

   -
   https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__evolutiontoys.com_durable-2Dhicontrast-2Dwaterproof-2Dpvc-2Drobot-2Dmat-2Dp-2D75.html&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=cPHNE7ZiDbA0N4faXVoRdtWuxJiCGvz2QMEIQ1gewRE&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legoeducation.us_product_details_2328&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=IKNurgNG2Qehzxr_i_4-Kebfkdtm8QqyqMLmMrL9PII&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legoeducation.us_eng_product_robotics-5Fprojects-5Fmat_1186&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=HGQtqZcCKuqyfiiieMW6nlZA3-nAcNYZTUIsbgovEVo&e= 
   -
   https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.legoeducation.us_eng_product_alien-5Fencounter-5Fterrain-5Fmats_264&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=Ta4fy9NJLDsSWdL7LrVhd9ag2jZxl7uf2bhDTNEvFf8&e= 


*Custom Printing*

4x8 for LEGO table:

   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.esigns.com_vinyl-2Dbanners_4x8_&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=UyTdexZGwJiu12es60Kjc67qi2aZ_jzsvvn6RMNOLVM&e=  ($77)
   -
   https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.dpsbanners.com_product-2Ddetail_4x8VinylBannerCustomPrinted_4x8-2Dvinyl-2Dbanner-2Dcustom-2Dprinted_&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=ie2D82VrNo13uLMIAPn5z7slkHnAn6vy4kmNernfUfg&e= 
    ($90)
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.allstatebanners.com_4x8-2Dvinyl-2Dbanner&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=ZKSnguvAFp23iuD2AU-Y7-BI1IDw-1qh7zcHaIKtVTc&e=  ($75)
   -
   https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.printmoz.com_custom-2Dvinyl-2Dbanners_4x8-2Dcustom-2Dhigh-2Dquality-2Dvinyl-2Dbanner&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=tLIFrxJ_yNPfTlehWhCJ3BC4obOUroM7xZc_IbIotgY&e= 
    ($60)
   - ebay has options, like:
   https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ebay.com_itm_4x-2D8-2DCustom-2DVinyl-2DBanner-2D13oz-2DFULL-2DCOLOR-2D64-2D4x8-2D_300417804915-3Fpt-3DLH-5FDefaultDomain-5F0-26hash-3Ditem45f24bea73&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=qGHuL1o44Yxme28cMIC6jLmDUeEMuduxs5icMhWSuqA&e= 


3x5 or custom for Art Tables

   -
   https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.printmoz.com_custom-2Dvinyl-2Dbanners_3x5-2Dcustom-2Dhigh-2Dquality-2Dvinyl-2Dbanner&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=VtwaICZb48iOcUzVyrQBV25gXwm9WFWzS3v3lBpBnkQ&e= 

*Line Following Tutorials*

   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__stefans-2Drobots.net_en_fuzzy-2Dline-2Dfollwing-2Dnxt-2Drobot.php&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=EiCDRL-OpDcVOi_fRIRl5ZtcTLCw_nlVTN1cETgU00g&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__robocatz.com_linefollowing.htm&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=7rfQDqa1AO38qGd9w7uWNd7xuassXrmoxGkfBeqDx0c&e= 
   - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__robotsquare.com_2012_11_28_line-2Dfollowing_&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=gMuYrwJ1Z8TSYB37fVS9SsPG1j6t8U1QfIXDzxkPcPE&e= 

Deep Space Terraformers
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu_previews_nxt-5Fproducts_terraformers_terra-5Fprint-5Fpreview.htm&d=BQIBaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=nnSmmPEEry-GBtNjPWTGBQbeghWVLuW0tnLilbQ0jSw&s=HbYMe6OyiPnGTPkWtF-1HCCLF8H_zQ0KzVM0B2EFfog&e= 



On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 5:39 AM, Amy [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> One thing that we did during the off-season that the kids really loved was
> to get together with a couple other teams in our area once a month to learn
> programming.  Each team brought a programming challenge to share with the
> other teams and they spent a couple hours trying to solve it.  It was a lot
> of fun.  You could have your kids reach out to other teams in your area to
> see if there's interest.  It's a great way to teach Gracious
> Professionalism and Coopertition as well.
>
> Good luck,
> Amy
>
>
>
> On Sunday, November 22, 2015 11:52 PM, Frank Levine <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>
> My $0.02 -
>
> * Have them watch YouTube videos of other robots doing this year's
> challenge and see if they can emulate any clever ideas they see.  They can
> learn a lot that way.
>
> * Spend some time teaching them about proportional control.  It's good for
> all sorts of stuff in FLL.
>
> * Challenge them to redesign their strategy to use different sensors.  If
> they used color sensors and the gyro, challenge them to try to build
> something that uses the ultrasonic sensor and touch sensors.
>
> * Keep an eye out on this list - you'll often times see requests for teams
> to come exhibit their robots at various events in the area
>
> -Frank
>
>
>
> On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Haihao Wu <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> Our rookie team had a blast participating in the tournaments.  In the 2
> months leading to the competition, they developed great interest in
> Mindstorms programming and problem solving.  I thought it will be a waste
> if they do little with their new-found enthusiasm until next September.
> Would appreciate any suggestions from the seasoned teams on what activities
> you've tried that can maintain or even increase 4th/5th graders' interest
> throughout the year.
>
> Many thanks!
>
> Haihao
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