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FIRSTr LEGOr League

Thomas County Stingers Gold #8925

 

Andy Baugh - Programming Director

Alan Brinn - Project Director

Caleb Giddens - Research Specialist

Kaitlyn Mercer - Research Specialist

Isabel Merritt - Research Specialist

Jeremy Simmons - Programming Specialist

Chris Turner - Core Values Specialist

Jason Weeks - Project Specialist

Coach Michele Baugh

 

 

 

 

 

Our Team Brochure

 

Robot Missions

Pickin' Up the Truck

Multitaskin'

Deliverin' the Pizza

Rat Attack

 

Photo Album

 

Journal

Saturday 9/10/2011

As the day began students brainstormed foods that could be researched for our food safety during transport concept invention. Students researched the details of how food is delivered safely to the consumer. After researching our foods, students shared their findings to help establish some future goals. We also learned about gracious professionalism which is a concept framed by the core values listed below.

  • We are a team.

  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.

  • We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.

  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.

  • What we discover is more important than what we win.

  • We share our experiences with others.

  • We display Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition™ in everything we do.

  • We have FUN!

 

Saturday 9/17/2011

Team members watched a video of example robot missions. Next, the team members assembled into small groups and planned a few robot missions to try to reach about 200 points. After intense discussions, the small groups of team members shared ideas for missions with the whole group.

Our research continued in the computer lab as team members explored the impact of various food recalls. Some of these included the current Listeria monocytogenes outbreak involving cantaloupe from Colorado, the basil grown in Florida recalled due to salmonella contamination, the tomato recall also due to salmonella, the peanut butter recall that emptied shelves for months from salmonella contamination, and other contaminants such as mold toxins.

Thursday 9/22/2011

We enjoyed our visit with Mr. Sonny Winter who is an Environmental Health Specialist for the Thomas County Health Department of the Southwest Public Health District. Mr. Winter has broad experience working with food safety and he shared a lot of information with us. His expertise provided valuable information and resources as the teams continue to plan the project and make connections with the community.

Saturday 9/24/2011

Students constructed the components to be on the table for the robot missions.

Monday 9/26/2011

The Director of Food Services for Thomas County Schools, Karen Green, visited us today and informed us of many procedures used to deliver safe food to students in our school system.

Saturday 10/8/2011

Mrs. Kornegay reviewed the core values with the teams today before we gathered to discuss and plan mission priorities. Later, we talked about our focus problems and relative solutions. Some of these suggested problems included cross contamination, parasites, pesticides, temperature control, and changing gloves.

Saturday 10/15/2011

The two teams began work on the robot designs by reviewing the mission map and determining the necessary functions needed to perform specific tasks.

Team members also continued to ponder ideas for a problem and solution related to food spoilage and contamination.

Saturday October 22, 2011

This was a long day of practice. We took breaks and played games outside and ate pizza for lunch together. We kept working on research and development of our Shakinator 2000 device to kill listeria. We are still trying to learn how to program the robot for our missions.

Saturday October 29, 2011

We continued to organize our research and plan our skit. Some members worked on programming the missions for our robot.

Saturday November 5, 2011

We wrote a draft of the script to introduce our Listeria contamination problems and explain how we plan to solve this with our Shakinator 2000. We also started to build the props for our skit. Other members organized our scrapbook and started our brochures. We even got a button designed to pass out at competition to share our work. We reviewed the core values.

  • We are a team.

  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.

  • We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.

  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.

  • What we discover is more important than what we win.

  • We share our experiences with others.

  • We display Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition™ in everything we do.

  • We have FUN!

Thursday November 10, 2011

After school we listed to a safety expert from Flowers Bakery tell us about ways they are required to practice safe food making. He brought us a bunch of fresh donuts. We wrote reflections about what we have learned in Lego League from our core values.

Saturday November 12, 2011

We finished the brochure and continued to organize our scrapbook. We painted the camera we built to use in the skit and finished up the skit signs. We worked on programming our missions. For competition, we practiced teamwork and cooperation by building a small Lego kit together.

Sunday November 20, 2011

We practiced our skit today and started making the buttons. We laid out the parts of our backboard and added more stuff to our scrapbook.

Sunday November 27, 2011

We practiced our skit and performed it for our families. Our skit is called “From Farm to Table to ER”. After the skit some of us worked on our missions for Adam our robot.

Monday November 28, 2011

We worked to finish another mission today and plan one extra mission. We took a picture to remind us how to line up our robot because we had trouble getting it to repeat programs over and over.

 

 

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