Sunday, October 22, 2017

FLL - Hydro Dynamics: Info for FLL Rookies...


Research Project:
READ the Challenge Guide, it gives you direction in what the challenge is about, plus valuable tips & resources to check out. Start on it right away!


Robot Performance & Technical:
If you kids are new to Mindstorms robotics, before you tackle the robot performance, teach them basic robotic building & coding. After they show some confidence & understanding have them put the field models together, discuss strategy, decide on a robot chassis or two, and then let them take it from there. 
Here are a couple of excellent links that will be helpful to the rookie teams:

Videos on EV3 Programming:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfrXGvBTk0o&index=3&list=PLJ9p4vPU79w6yjG7ndyn2xp-UMkSGFx9A


Videos on Building with EV3 & FLL tips:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuXq-jiU0ANeBcF_Tvq1D7g/videos


Core Values:
Have the work on a Core Value or two each practice - explaining how it relates to their team, gathering pictures, ideas for their team board display, and possibly working on a song, skit, demo, etc.


Consider This...
I have been asked by rookie coaches, what is the role of the coach? FIRST is a fun learning experience, however, the kids need a foundation; the coach should be teaching them or reviewing the basic skills (how to build a simple chassis, basic programming, how to keep an engineer's notebook, how to do an experiment, note-taking, how to write a summary, how to do a blog, etc.) that they need to then go on and learn/make their own decisions/discover by doing. The coach's role after that is mainly management and directing the team on how to do problem solving & where to possibly go for answers. A coach doesn't just hand the team a kit, the guide, & say "go for it," because then they will not learn as much as they should from the FIRST experience.

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