I also do what Brandy described. I just ask questions and try and get them
to think and see things in different ways, but they always come up with
things I never would have thought of. And they come up with many things
along the way that leads them to another idea, and to another idea, etc, so
that what they end up with looks nothing like their initial idea. I think
this process is one of the most valuable parts of FLL.
You have to let them try things, even if you don't think it's going to
work. That trial and error process is what is so important, and when they
see how something plays out, it may lead them to an entirely new idea that
you would have never thought of if you had stopped them from doing
As for the logo, personally, I wouldn't do it for them. I think that would
take away a sense of ownership and pride, and it can be really fun. It
doesn't have to be complicated or involved. If they don't have a lot of
time, or if they can't think of anything, they can just use their team name
in a certain font. We used the "keep-scratch" method years ago picking a
name, and all the kids could stand behind the final chosen name.
I think of myself as a facilitator. That helps me to know what I should be
doing and what the kids should be doing. I can ask questions, help them
set things up, etc, but they are the driving force and they are in charge
of what direction to go. As my kids have gotten older, they do much more
on their own now, too. I can give them things to do on their own time and
then they report back to the group, for example.
Most of all, have fun with them!
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