Team 3061: Huskie Robotics

collaborating to create; innovating to inspire

Author: Katiana (page 1 of 2)

Leadership Workshop

Tonight select members who expressed interested in team leadership roles or in becoming a stronger leader in daily life participated in our second annual Leadership Workshop. To begin the workshop, participants brainstormed descriptions for what they felt a leader should look, talk, and act like, and then watched a short clip from a TED talk from one exemplary leader, Bob Davids, who gained respect among his peers by quite literally joining them in the trenches.

Afterwards, students split into three groups, each tasked with a series of puzzles to test their critical thinking and teamwork skills while they raced against the clock to stop an evil hacker from wreaking havoc with world’s bank accounts. Although each group ran into their own unique hiccups, by working together as a team all three groups successfully completed their mission.

Our guest speaker and FLL mentor explained the simply complex EDGE teaching method, demonstrating how to fold an origami balloon-the perfect proxy for any new skill. He then guided the members through the phases of team formation (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing), along with how a strong leader should approach each phase to set their team up for both short-term and long-term success.

The presentation returned briefly to how leadership connects to Huskie Robotics, along with the eleven key roles that have been decided on to best suit this year’s season. During dinner, everyone was encouraged to continue their conversations on what each role would require. Post dinner, team goals were brainstormed first in small groups and then shared and discussed as a whole. Until of course the teaser trailer for this year’s game was released-FIRST Power Up!!!

Summer Camp Day 5

Theme Day: Camp T-Shirt Day

Today we focused on continuing to work on our robots and completing missions. After the end of the official meeting, parents were invited to come and see what their engineer(s) had achieved throughout the past week.

Mechanical & Programming: We once again began the day with a short Q&A session, after which our technological masterminds were given almost the entire day to continue working on their missions.

Teamwork: To break up the day and help our novice engineers develop stronger communication skills, we divided them into groups and tasked each group with a “River Crossing” challenge. In order to succeed and complete the given task, our campers had to talk, strategize, and work with each other to cross an “acid river” using half as many “rafts” (pieces of paper) as there were people in the group. Should any member of the group be left behind, the remaining members of the group were “disqualified” and forced to restart.

Summer Camp Day 4

Theme Day: Twin Day

Today we focused on continuing to work on our robots and completing missions.

Mechanical & Programming: After beginning with a quick Question and Answer session, our engineers spent most of their time free building striving towards solving their missions. They solved any issues that resulted from their programs or designs, and received advice from their mentors in cases of truly herculean problems.

Teamwork: Our campers faced a daunting challenge where they were split into two (16 person) teams and had to work together to “breakout” of the Learning Commons. Together they had to find, collect and interpret clues to open locks successfully “cracking the code” to their freedom.

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