Our second meeting was busy, busy, busy. We started the meeting with a team building challenge. The group was divided into 3 teams and each team had the task of building the tallest and sturdiest structure they could using only spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. It was interesting to see what the teams came up with. The ultimate winning structure was created by Ray, Alex, Aidan, and McKay. Their design started out as a cube but morphed into a geodesic design that was solidly built.
After the team build exercise, the team had a round table meeting and shared their ideas about a body part, system, or function that interested them. Their assignment for the week is to expand on that idea and bring to the group more detailed information. The team votes at the next meeting which topic will be their research project.
The remainder of the meeting was spent building all the LEGO mission modules for the field table course. Each team member was paired up and worked to complete these tasks. It was great to see all the pieces on the table so that they can now visualize the tasks that they can complete with their robot. They were already strategizing the motions that the robot will have to do to complete the missions. We will expand on that at the next meeting as well as going over the rules and scoring for each mission task.
At the next meeting, the team will also be voting on and finalizing the RoboRanger logo and t-shirt design.
A huge thank you to Mrs. Fundora for the yummy fried chicken dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, corn, and rolls. They kids devoured it!