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.
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.
Theme: Wacky Wednesday
Today we focused on prototyping, aspects of strong designs, and continued working on solutions for the mission(s).
Mechanical: The novice engineers began the day with a short problem solving warm up, where they were given a new mission and brainstormed possible ways to solve it. Then they transitioned to a lesson about prototyping and how to strengthen their designs by using proper bracing techniques. Mentors also warned the recruits about the dangers of variation and visual parallax.
Programming: Our rookie programmers learned how you use EV3 for computations allowing them to improve their line follower to be more precise with smoother movements.
Teamwork: To improve their silent communication skills we tasked our camper’s with a “Jedi Mind Trick” challenge.