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You do not need to go to EV3

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM, Kristina Romasser <
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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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