Posted by Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) March 08, 2019 ROBOT REMIX #6 Share Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps Post a Comment
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Forming our own team is not plausible this year, because I am involved in coaching an FLL team. (My 7-year old comes to the practices and helps out).
We have for supplies: a motor, Lego 9632 Kit, a baseplate, about 300 Legos.
The third graders dominate the younger kids. It is obvious which kids wanted to sign up and which kids's moms thought this was a good idea for their child.
The 9632 Kit was designed for 2 kids. The booklets are divided into A and B. Thus kid 1 builds 1A and kid 2 builds 1B and then they put them together to build a streetsweeper. But kids 3 through 6 can't do much as the parts they'd need to build other A and B booklets are in use in the streetsweeper.
We are supposed to be building a model showing a use of energy, but if we start building it we have even less parts to work with.
Some of the first graders are up to doing technics and building models i.e. following booklet directions, some are not. We had one who was content to play with the lego guys.
The kids find the motor "really cool" but it is the biggest distraction. Most of the kids grab the thing whenever they see it, stick a stick (stud axle) in it and start yelling things like "weed whacker" and "cleaner" and poke it at everything they can find.
The kids are incredibly quiet when they all are into whatever it is that they are building. When they have an idea that they can handle, they are happy and excited.
Modeling i.e. building from the booklets is tougher, some kids can and some can't. And since we're talking moving parts, you have to learn which kids you have to double check all their work or the finished object doesn't work.
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