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Welcome to the Lightning Bolts page (Team 6763)


General To Do

  • Food Safety Project
  • Brainstorm mission plans
  • Finalize design for robot base.  Capture it in Lego Designer.  Get another set of large tires?
  • Work on programs and robot configurations/attachments for each mission (perhaps in pairs?)
  • Build new NXT robot
  • Verify construction of all items on board: Thermometer, dispensers, rat slides, harvester wheels.


Oct 9 meeting notes

  • Compared robot designs, agreed on standard compact base.
  • Work needed on making "brain" stable -- double-pin.  And leave gap of 1 for battery charger.
  • Rat slide fix: double-stick gum on plastic.  Needs to be exactly level, within 1/8".
  • Discussed order:  Rats, Fish, Ball, Truck, Dispenser1, Harvester, Ball, Dispenser 2, Fish2, cook timer, east wall.
  • Discussed under-cooking of chicken wings, and more.


Oct 2 meeting

  1. Make adjustments to your robot as necessary to be similar to Will's robot base
  2. Think of how to make solve one of these problems with chicken wings:  1) ensuring the wings are well cooked or 2) factory farming.  Do research on one of these topics to see what problems exist. 
  3. Draw a logo design for our team T-shirts.  Something related to "Lightning Bolts", our new team name.


Sept 25 meeting notes

- Mark pointed out a few items to consider on the robot design and program.  If using the battery pack (which is recommended because it can be charged without removing it from the robot), be sure your robot design leaves enough room for it.  Run your program with your batteries fully charged so that the program performs consistently.  Decide which wheels will be used, because the radius of the wheels will affect a program that is using rotations. 

- Kids brainstormed about what issues may exist with chicken wings (* items had the most interest):

Storage termperature – freezer

*Cleanliness – salmonella

Air tight container

**Well cooked

*Chickens cage free

**Factory farming

Packaging – expiration date, no preservatives

Butcher must pluck all feathers off


Sept 18 meeting notes

  1. We have forms from the coaches, and most parents.
    1. Form: http://www.playingatlearning.org/FLL/2011/2011_FLLConsentFormEnglish.pdf.
  2. We selected the "Lightning Bolts" as our team name, after a near-unanimous vote.
  3. For our food safety project, we decided to focus on "Chicken Wings".  We will study related safety issues.
  4. We worked as a group on brainstorming/discussing ideas for all missions.
    1. We'll want a basket/bucket configuration to catch things like bacteria
    2. We'll want a hook to pick up loopy things
    3. We'll want a way to grab the fish.
  5. We broke into 3 teams, and started building contraptions and writing simple programs.


Sept 11 meeting notes

  • For the food safety project:
    • Each Team Member―— Look around your kitchen.  Make a list of 5 foods you found and how each one is stored. Now, find out how you got each one. Did you grow it yourself? Did you bring it home from a market or store? Was it delivered to you? Did you pick it from an orchard or garden? Did a relative, neighbor, or friend give it to you? Think about how each one was protected
      from contamination. Think about how each one was protected from spoiling. 
  • Discussed team names.  Nothing jumped out that was better than Hurricanes.
  • Mission planning:  We broke into pairs, working on these missions. 
    • A1 & J: Rats, Thermometer, Pollution reversal
    • A2 & S: Timer and Corn Harvester 
    • R & W:  Fish, Refrigeration truck  (also Pollution reversal)
    • K: absent
  •  Each pair presented their idea to the group.


Sept 4 meeting notes

  • Went over all 15 missions, and some of the rules
  • Brainstormed team names
  • Selected "favorite" missions that we want to start with:
    • A1: Rats and Thermometer
    • A2: Timer and Corn Harvester
    • J: Pollution reversal, Thermometer 
    • K: Timer, Groceries to Table
    • R:  Fish, Refrigeration truck
    • S:  Rats and Polution Reversal
    • W: Fish, Refrigeration truck
  • The TimeBots team is building a new board, so we can use their old board.
    • We will need someone to volunteer to store and transport the board.
  • Atmel will sponsor our teams if we use their name as part of our team name, and put their logo on our shirts.



Parent Helper ideas


  • T-shirt "project" -- get kids to agree on a design.  Create the design.  Get kids' sizes.  Have shirts made.
  • Science Report project: help kids get started, focus their efforts
    •  Report?  Skit?  Practice presentations
  • Rule expert & FAQ monitor
    • Help the kids absorb the 20 pages of missions and rules.  Check the website FAQ for rule clarifications. 
  • Build a 4x8' board  
    • (Joe volunteered, but we can also use last year's board!  The TimeBots team is building a new board.)
  • Store/Transport 4x8' board as needed
  • Snacks!  (If you want to sign up, go here: snack schedule or email me and I'll add you.
  • Transportation to November events






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