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Robot Bill <[log in to unmask]>
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My teams also used Snapware Snap'N'Stack Storage Units (or equivalent) for
storing some of their LEGOs. We had several plastic fold-up tables upon
which the storage units were spread. The team could quickly find the parts
they needed.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00449APZS/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B005GXQOC4&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=198XF72NPDNEE68NHZ9M

One tradition that we implemented was the "recycle bin". If a part or
assembly was no longer used, it would be placed in a larger container. We
would frequently have adults who would help sort the parts out into the
individual storage bins during the practice. While this potentially
reinforced an undesired habit (adults continually cleaning up after
children), this kept the team members focused on the engineering during the
limited time of the build sessions.

Bill


On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM, Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> We have one large fishing tackle box that has several pull out
> compartments.  It's sort of like this one:
> http://www.amazon.com/Flambeau-Outdoors-Front-KwikDraw-Tackle/dp/B000EDRRZO
>
> This is good for taking to tournaments also, to be sure you have extra
> parts and pieces.  But, to be honest, on a day to day basis, it is
> cumbersome to drag out the individual containers and look through each one
> to find the part you need.  So, in reality, most of the parts wind up
> getting tossed into one of these tall plastic drawer units and the kids
> just dig through and find what they need faster.  Like this:
> http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-7-Drawer-Cart-Set-of-2/10401064
>
> That is what most of our Legos are in.  I also have one of these that can
> mount on the wall:
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Akro-Mils-10124-Plastic-Hardware-6-5-Inch/dp/B003TV3NL0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408465078&sr=8-1&keywords=plastic+drawer+organizer+tall
>
> That is really awesome because you can access the individual compartments
> for small pieces faster than pulling out the containers from the tackle
> boxes.  If you were really organized and handy with a label maker you could
> even label the drawers for super fast finding and cleaning up.  (I am not!)
>
> We are lucky to have a dedicated space to practice and we don't have to
> move our stuff, though.  I've been coaching for many years and we have
> acquired quite a few Legos, so my storage solutions have changed over the
> years.  I would say the most important thing to think about is can the kids
> clean up on their own quickly at the end of EVERY practice.  Don't let it
> pile up or it will require a day long sorting session.  (Though we've had
> many, many of those too!)
>
> Sonya
>
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