Monday, October 08, 2007

Now that I have the team what do I do?

by Maureen Reilly
Robotics coach, Packer Collegiate Inst.

Do lots of team building exercises like:
  • Name ball toss
  • Name games where you share likes/dislikes
  • Paperclip chain game
  • Blindfolded programming challenge

Weeks 1 – 4
  • Getting to know each other
  • Watching Zoom documentary
  • Understanding what you are preparing for
  • What did you notice the team doing? What did you notice at the event? What did you notice about the research presentation?
  • LEGO sorting and naming pieces
  • Mission models building in small groups – same groups look up, write out and explain missions to team in their own words – teaches everyone the missions
  • Team name
  • T-shirt design
  • Brainstorm ideas for research presentation – assign homework on research

Weeks 4-8
  • Deciding how to build the robot – look at field, decide on first missions to go for and what type of robot will make sense – Look on NXTLOG for robot ideas
  • Watch mission videos at:
  • Divide into building, programming, and research groups
  • Researchers decide on topic and presentation model and plan project
  • Programmers train on Software
  • Builders and programmers work together to build, troubleshoot, try again, and again, and again
  • Celebrate every success
  • Share successes at the end of every practice

Weeks 9-10
  • Rehearse for robot game - do timed missions, visualize competition
  • Rehearse for technical presentation
  • Rehearse and revise research presentation – with team, with school, with community group
  • Create team cheers
  • Create cheering materials
  • Hold a school pep-rally


Simple Robotic Lesson Plans – Look under “Learning Lab”

NXTLOG – over 3000 MINDSTORMS NXT Models – some have building instructions or LEGO Digital Designer Files

LEGO Digital Designer for MINDSTORMS NXT

LEGO Parts Reference

Robolab at CEEO – Great curriculum resources

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