Monthly Archives: July 2015

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First Lego League Core Values Challenge: The Longest Bridge

This challenge uses common household items, but because the list is fairly long, make sure to gather all items in advance.

THIS WEEK’S CORE VALUES CHALLENGE:
THE LONGEST BRIDGE
Materials:
2 12-inch pieces of string
15 paper clips
4 straws
1 8×12 sheet of paper
4 index cards
20 toothpicks
6 pieces of dry spaghetti
5 marshmallows
10 pieces of tape
2 bricks (for bridge towers)
Yardstick or measuring tape (for measuring purposes only, not for construction)

Prep:
Set up 2 bricks on a table. Tear off 10 pieces of tape and stick them to the side of the table. Lay out all other construction materials so they are clearly visible – for example, the team should be able to see that there are 15 paper clips, not just a small pile of paper clips.

Instructions to the team:
You have 2 minutes to think (during which you cannot touch any construction materials) and then 5 minutes to build a bridge with the longest possible span. The two bricks will serve as bridge towers and may be moved to any position you choose.

Discussion:
How did the team use the 2-minute planning period? Did the team come up with an effective plan, and were they able to follow it during the construction period? If a future challenge does not explicitly include a planning period, does the team want to use some challenge time just for planning?

FLL Trash Trek kits are shipping

http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/missionmodelbuildinginstructions

Mission Model Building Instructions

Mission Model Building Instructions for the 2015/2016 TRASH TREK season will be available on August 25 at 12pm ET in conjunction with the Challenge release.

How do I build the Mission Models?!

  1. Sort the LEGO element bags (found in your Field Setup box) by bag number. They are labeled 1-10.
  2. Match the bag numbers with the corresponding bag numbers below. Note that there are English, French, and non-verbal versions of the building instructions. You only need to pick one.
  3. Open the correct pdf files and have an awesome time assembling the models. We strongly recommend opening one set of bags at a time so elements are not mixed up.
  4. Once all models are assembled, go to the Challenge page to assemble the field and find out what the missions are.
  5. Have fun!

Missing LEGO elements?

  • Visit LEGO.com, identify missing element(s), and order.
  • Or call 1-800-422-5346 and a rep should be able to help. Team must mention FIRST LEGO League.

– See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/missionmodelbuildinginstructions#sthash.A5Q0aB9K.dpuf

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Core Values Challenge Activity – LOSING YOUR MARBLES

This week’s challenge requires more preparation by the coach, so make sure to gather all materials in advance of your team meeting.

THIS WEEK’S CORE VALUES CHALLENGE:
LOSING YOUR MARBLES
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Roll of masking tape
5 cardboard tubes (from paper towel or toilet paper rolls)
2 sheets of paper
10 index cards
10 straws
20 toothpicks
10 marbles (for movement only)
Scissors (for construction only; may not be used as part of maze)
Bucket

Prep:
User masking tape to mark a line 12 inches from the edge of a table. Place the bucket on the floor 3 feet away from the taped line (2 feet from the edge of the table).

Instructions to the team:
You have 7 minutes to create a maze to move marbles from the tabletop into the bucket. Each marble must begin its movement behind the line taped on the table. Marbles may not be thrown. Once your structure is complete, you will have one minute to roll the marbles.

Discussion:
Did one person come up with the maze design and convince the other team members to try it, or was it a joint decision-making process? If one person came up with the design, what role did the other team members play? Is it more efficient to have one person in charge of design? If so, what effect does that have on the team?

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FLL Core Values Challenge – Consensus Loop

This week’s challenge develops problem solving, conflict management, and compromise – but it doesn’t require movement or building so it’s perfect for when you’re meeting in a smaller indoor space.

THIS WEEK’S FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CORE VALUES CHALLENGE:
CONSENSUS LOOP
Materials/Prep:
Roll of duct tape
Start with a strip of duct tape about 30 inches long.  Fold in half crosswise to make a long narrow strip, and connect the ends to form a loop (sticky side inside).
Do this four more times, and when you make the fifth circle, use it to connect all the circles.
Throw the bundle of loops on the floor or table to start.

Instructions to the team:
Without touching the loops, determine which of the duct tape loops is holding the other four. You have five minutes. When the team has an answer, or time expires, pick up the selected loop to see if they got it right.

Drop me a line at hello@startingpoints.com if you have questions, suggestions, or just want to say hi. I’d love to hear from you.

Yours truly,
Scott

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FLL Core Values Challenge Activity – Have A Ball

In celebration of summer, here’s another challenge using an inflatable beach ball.

THIS WEEK’S CORE VALUES CHALLENGE:
HAVE A BALL

Materials/Prep
25 sheets of newspaper
1 sheet of mailing labels (substitute: tape)
Yardstick
Inflate a beach ball. Provide a large area on the floor for the team to work.

Instructions to the team:
You have 5 minutes to build a structure that holds a beach ball at least 3 feet above floor level. The beach ball must stay on the structure for a minimum of 10 seconds. You may test the structure with the beach ball during the 5-minute building period.

(Does the team develop a strategy that lets them work together? Do they come up with creative ways to fold and roll the newspaper? Do they take advantage of the opportunity to test the structure? How do they deal with set-backs, such as crushing the tower during a test?)

Drop me a line at hello@startingpoints.com if you have questions, suggestions, or just want to say hi. I’d love to hear from you.