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December 11, 2012: TechBrick Meets Their Fellow FLL/FTC Engineers in China.

On December 11 we were able to hold  a global conference call via SKYPE with our FLL/FTC counterparts in China and Hong Kong.

The following teams joined the call.

2 Hong Kong schools (FLL)
Carmel Secondary School
The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

2 China schools (FTC)
Beijing 2nd Secondary School
Niulanshan Secondary School

3 TechBrick Teams - Maryland, US
FLL 41 Legocy
FLL 7585 Company of Senior Investigators
FTC 7: Voltage Vipers

Even though we had some technical problems, the entire experience was engaging for all. Our FLL teams showed their robots and ran some missions. One of our teams did their presentation. The Chinese teams discussed their work and the FTC teams ran their bot.

We would encourage all teams to pursue finding a partner to share with. Here are some tips from TechBrick and Ice Yam, the lead engineer of Semia the China distributor for LEGO Education ( http://www.semia.com/hk/ )

  • It was a good experience for US, China & HK students.
  • We tried to do the call with too many teams. Limit it to one team per call.
  • We had network speed issues (causes undetermined). However, we suggest using a hard-wired internet connection instead of wireless and only included one school per call.
  • Plan the time carefully.  It was acdtuall a bit too late in in China (9p US ET, Tuesday, 10A Hong Kong time on Wed).  You may need to plan to do the call on a weekend.

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