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Alice Asks:
How do you do manage large or multiple teams?

I have been working with a group of children who are as varied in ages (7-11 in grades 2-6) as in abilities (no experience all the way to experienced with some sensors). We meet afterschool in my small classroom. There are 15 kids but this year (we begin the school year in July) we will grow to 18 kids. I have limited resources (7 bots and 4-5 laptops, but lots of spare LEGO parts. I find our times rather chaotic, and loud. Also, there is a degree of goofing-around for the kids who are just waiting around for a bot or a laptop or their turn at something. I would welcome suggestions on how you run your robotics classes after school. How do you do it all?

Miss Minifig Answers:

This is a typical situation for many teams.

1. Recruit one mentor per 5 kids. Donít forget, you can use FLL alumni or grab FTC/FRC students.

2. Break them into sub-teams of no more than 5 (in your case youíd have four sub-teams)

3. Group them by temperament and skill level (ie, donít put a really overwhelming personality with a subdued one for now. Later you can mix them up).

4. Give each group a specific task for that period and make sure they have the resources to accomplish the task. For example. The goal is not downtime. Inversely, they should be complaining that they didnít get enough done. Overwhelm them

DAY 1
GROUP 1&2: Work on line following with 2 robots each for one hour. Then compare results and combine your solutions.
GROUPS 3&4: Begin Research on Transportation: Identify all modern forms of transportation in use today for one hour. Compare results and combine them into one report.
LAST 30 minutes: Report and Demonstrate

DAY 2
GROUP 3&4: Work on line following with 2 robots each for one hour. Then compare results and combine your solutions.
GROUPS 3&4: Continue Research on Transportation. Research rail transportation globally. Looking for history, statistics, pros/cons today for one hour. Compare results and combine them into one report.

LAST 30 minutes: Report and Demonstrate

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