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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
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Check out page 46 in the EV3 programming guide linked to from the FLL
coach/team resource page:
http://www.firstlegoleague.org/sites/default/files/Challenge/TeamResources/NaturesFury/2013EV3Programming.pdf

That page shows you how to make a line follower using the EV3 color sensor.

If your team uses the NXT, then look at page 35 the NXT programming
guide instead:
http://www.firstlegoleague.org/sites/default/files/Challenge/TeamResources/SeniorSolutions/2012Programming1.pdf

I have found these demo programs thoroughly useful.  The kids love
seeing the robot follow the line, and when they see the robot behaving
intelligently, that really helps getting them to start thinking about
what other things the robot could decide for itself.

On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM, Jennifer Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I am wondering the best coaching method.  I could ramble on about "on the
> other hand" quite a bit, but I'll try to keep it short.  How do you motivate
> learning?
>
> I coach and I have an engineer mentor helping out.  This is our third year,
> and his opinion all season has been if the kids want to accomplish a lot,
> they have the ability to look things up for themselves.  They are all over
> 12 years old except one.  I concurred, but now that we're getting close to
> the end, I'm rethinking.
>
> My boys want to use only move blocks.  As this may be our last year, I'd
> like to branch out and use a sensor (light).  They are sure that move blocks
> using rotations are the best.  Ideally I would like to run tests to gauge
> both, but I can't make the light sensor work myself.  And there's not much time.
>
> Should I force the issue and make them stretch giving them the final say, or
> do I let them do the same old thing?  Do we waste lots of time angling and
> adjusting degrees, or do we plow through until we learn how to make the
> sensor work going on my word that it will be more accurate?
>
> I know it's supposed to be team driven, the kids do the work, but is there a
> way to challenge them and it still be fun?  They seem to be in a rut.
>
> Thanks,
> Jennifer
>
>
>
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