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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 7 May 2013 15:32:16 +0000
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Hi All- My son will be in middle school this year so I am looking a private team for him. Please let me know if anyone has a space for him. We live in herndon. Thanks.
Rachna
 Date: Tue, 7 May 2013 11:04:23 -0400
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Teamwork activities???
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We will periodically have instant challenge meetings (usually one early in the process and one late in the process). Some are silly, some are large scale building challenges,
 and at least some involve balloons :)  It's these meetings that can 
keep them going and serve to build great community and core value 
skills.


http://tvnc.texasdi.org/node/77

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze2z83j/ic/
an instant challenge gold mine :)


http://www.teambuildingsolutions.co.uk/Default.aspx?pagename=all-activities

I often give more time then the 5 minutes, especially for the building device challenges, because 5 minutes can zoom by. But we will use the 5 min time as we get closer and closer to the actual tournament. 


       My team last year was a fabulous group of engineer minded kids. At least two were on the spectrum, so they didn't LOOK like they were having fun- especially when they were in "think" mode. This kinda killed us at our local tournament unfortunately, but you can overcome this a little if you end the team building with an orchestrated cheer- like a everyone puts their hand in and says their team name as they lift their hand up.  Make this something you try to practice at the end of teamwork skills or at the end of each meeting. It would be especially awesome if you had a team member make up a little cheer or dance they can do to show they enjoyed themselves.  We had this thought after the tournament was over :) an we were reviewing the notes from the judges as a team.  One of the boys said, "I had the most fun in that room!" I was there- he didn't show it on his face.  Good thing it's really about what they learn and how much fun they have!


       The year my team won state, we had three energetic out going types that really carried the team in the team building exercise room- they were just the glue that held it together. We didn't have them this past  year and despite a great robot game (2nd place), a solid robot design score, and winning 1st in research we did not move on. SO as proof- the robot game is NOT the most important thing!!


Regards, 

Brandy

On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM, Carolyn R Wilkerson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

We've got our team formed and registered - officially team #58!!  We will have a big team this year consisting of 5 members from last year and 4 new members.  We are going to meet a couple times before the school year ends and I'd like to start with some teamwork activities to help us come together.  Any suggestions of things we can do?




Thanks!



Carolyn



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