My first year I had another adult that ended up trying to solve the missions for the team. Once I asked him to back up he became someone I had to manage as well. That was difficult.
This year I have a dad that is doing the project / research side and I'm doing the rest. With both work to keep the kids focused. Its is working very well. We have a high school student that helps some when its project nights. She is in Drama and she runs team exercises that she has learned from Drama. These are really fun for the kids, they help their confidence and get them working together as a team better. We chose not to have High Schoolers help with the robot or the project directly because we did not want to have to manage them or have them solving too much for us.
You might ask a parent to stay each meeting to just help the kids stay focused. Even with two parents/coaches it can be difficult. I'm firm with the kids at times and I also let them play for 15 minutes in the middle, get a snack, etc. so that they get some energy out. We usually start the meeting with a few questions that they have to stand up in front of the team to answer. That gets some of the raw energy focused.
Hope this helps
Team 956 - The Golden Bricks
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From: "Tom Chiffrilller" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:02:27 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] number of coaches for your team
Hi everyone, just wondering how many adults and or mentors your team has. I am coaching solo and feel overwhelmed at managing all the kids. Any ideas? As soon as I start helping a few on a task the others start running around. I don't want to be a policeman all the time but am wondering how to keep the others busy. thanks. The kids range from 10 to 13 years old.
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