Monthly Archives: June 2015

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FLL Core Value Challenge: GET IN LINE

These are simple and fast challenges that don’t require any props.  They are great if you’re put on the spot and need to provide an activity without any advance prep time – but also provide opportunities to discuss communication and teamwork.

THIS WEEK’S CORE VALUES CHALLENGE:
GET IN LINE

Instructions to the team:

Without speaking, line up by height.  (Watch for what happens when two kids can’t decide which of them is taller – how do they express their disagreement? Do other team members help resolve it?)

Now, still without speaking, line up in alphabetical order (Watch whether the team uses first or last names to create the order – how did they make sure everyone was using either first names or last names?)

Now, still without speaking, line up by birthday.  (This is the trickiest one. Some kids will try to form a line by age – who has the earliest and latest birthdays overall. Others will try to form a line by birthday month, putting someone born in January 2005 ahead of someone born in February 2004. How does the team become aware of this variance? How do they handle it?)

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FLL Core Values Challenge – Joined at the Hip

Take advantage of summer and take your team outside. A physical challenge like this one also can be a welcome break in the middle of a research session.

THIS WEEK’S FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CORE VALUES CHALLENGE:
JOINED AT THE HIP

Materials:
Masking tape
Inflatable beach balls (one less than the number of team members, so if you have 6 team members, you need 5 beach balls)

Setup:
Use the tape to mark a finish line on the floor or ground at east 20 feet away. Line up team members. Have them hold the beach balls between their hips.

Instructions to the team:
Have you heard the term “joined at the hip”? Here’s your chance to see exactly what that means. Work your way to the finish line without dropping any of the balls. If anyone drops a ball, you must begin again at the start line. You will have 3 minutes to work your way to the finish line.

Variations: Use tennis balls, balloons, or ping-pong balls.

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