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There are  five teams from our school and each team gets to practice the
mission once a week for two hours. Then they would meet at library or
someone's place once a week and do the research and other team activities.

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On Sep 16, 2014, at 9:41 AM, "Poole, Aeronia" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

  I am curious if anyone has a school-based team and how you divide the
practice time to cover research, building, programming, and team-building.
We have 1 hour, 15 minutes 1X/week, but just added a 2nd day.  Feeling a
bit stressed about what to focus on before regional tournaments.





Mrs. Poole

MS Tech Lab





*From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [
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Of *Scott Rakestraw
*Sent:* Monday, September 15, 2014 4:15 PM
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*Subject:* Re: [VADCFLL-L] Robot Design for Rookies



Frank,



Every coach struggles with this, you are not alone.  There is a balance, my
first year I was completely hands-off and evolved my approach with
experience.  After my first year and after having some experience in Boy
Scouts, I adopted the Edge Method from Boy Scouts, which is a method of
learning by doing and a Robotics Badge Learning system.



Explain how it is done – tell them

Demonstrate the steps – show them

Guide – learn as they practice – watch them do it

Enable – help them to succeed on their own



We apply the EDGE method with summer workshops and challenges that explain,
demonstrate and guide.  By the time missions are released, they are on the
enable step and have a strong foundation.   Once we have the missions, the
team completes a robot design worksheet which defines the robot they will
build.



We also use a Robotics Badge Learning System as part of the process, a
concept borrowed from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  I use the badges to
recognize team contribution and more importantly, to encourage team members
to learn and try new things.   I think we have about 30 badges. For
example, you can earn a line following or wall squaring badge. Because they
want to earn badges, they take the time to learn about a concept.  When
they are doing run strategy, they figure out how to apply a badge concept
like wall or line squaring.  The badges are not just robot focused, they
also cover project and core values.  My team this year is a Division II of
all 7th grade girls that has won awards at States the last two years, they
still want to earn badges.



If you are interested in the Robotics Badge Learning System, challenges or
worksheets, they are available on my robotics blog, www.fllstartingpoint.com,
under resources.



Thanks,

Scott Rakestraw

www.fllstartingpoint.com



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*From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [
mailto:[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>] *On Behalf
Of *Frank Levine
*Sent:* Monday, September 15, 2014 12:00 AM
*To:* [log in to unmask]
*Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] Robot Design for Rookies



Hi all,

  I was wondering where the line is between 'kids do the work' vs 'starter
robot' is?  I have seen several suggestions (both here and on the
interwebs) that this/that robot is a great robot for rookies, etc.  While
my team has been trying to make a decent robot from scratch, I have taken
many of the suggestions that I have seen from the internet and made what I
think is a decent driving base.  Is it appropriate to hand that base over
to the rookies and let them go from there?  Will the judges frown on a
coach doing some of the initial legwork to get a base started?  What's the
difference between that and finding a starting base on-line?  Ideally I
would love to see them make it from scratch, but today's building session
has me thinking that this may be a bit of a stretch.



Thanks,

Frank Levine

"The Construction Mavericks"
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*From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [
mailto:[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>] *On Behalf
Of *Frank Levine
*Sent:* Monday, September 15, 2014 12:00 AM
*To:* [log in to unmask]
*Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] Robot Design for Rookies



Hi all,

  I was wondering where the line is between 'kids do the work' vs 'starter
robot' is?  I have seen several suggestions (both here and on the
interwebs) that this/that robot is a great robot for rookies, etc.  While
my team has been trying to make a decent robot from scratch, I have taken
many of the suggestions that I have seen from the internet and made what I
think is a decent driving base.  Is it appropriate to hand that base over
to the rookies and let them go from there?  Will the judges frown on a
coach doing some of the initial legwork to get a base started?  What's the
difference between that and finding a starting base on-line?  Ideally I
would love to see them make it from scratch, but today's building session
has me thinking that this may be a bit of a stretch.



Thanks,

Frank Levine

"The Construction Mavericks"
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