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  • Looking for some great COVID CV exercises

    What Core Values exercises have you come up with that can be done virtually or while socially distanced (SD)?

    I'll start.


    Build This (Virtual or SD)
    Preliminary. Make sure each team member has a the same collection of three to five lego pieces. They should be the same shape, size, and color.

    One team member (the foreman) assembles their legos in a way they choose. The foreman has to give instructions as to how to build the exact same thing without showing it to anyone. For an extra challenge, everyone else is prohibited from talking (or put them on mute virtually). Teaches communications skills and the importance of clear directions.
    Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    FLL Coach and Regional Tournament Head judge since 2014

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    My team is meeting completely virtually so finding Core Values activities, especially building activities which they can do as a team has been a challenge. Primarily so far I've been focusing on helping my team members learn more about each other (two new members, two returning) and enjoying our time. We've played "Two truths and a lie", "Never have a I ever" and shared favorite Lego sets. I had one student give us a tour of his room (we had a few extra minutes at the end of a video call). Next week everyone is going to share "one boring fact about themselves". I've also instituted the "Random fact of the week". Each week a student is assigned to share with us one random fact. This is more about trying to inspire discovery and creativity and just trying to lighten things up and get everyone talking at the start of the meeting so we're not just all staring at each other. Everyone seems to be really enjoying this and we're learning all sorts of random things.

    We did "Build this" and it went pretty well. It was helpful to give everyone a week to find the same set of five very generic blocks (I gave them a list as well as a picture). That way kids weren't sifting through their Lego during the meeting. I actually asked them to find two sets and use one to build a quick model before the meeting started. They were to keep that model off camera so no one could see it. Again, trying to save time during the meeting.
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    Fort Worth Robotics - North Texas Region Team #455
    Technical coach, baker of the cookies, keeper of the time, transporter of the travel field walls, finder of the spare parts, maker of the pop culture references that only the other tall people understand, conflict resolution specialist, grey market Lego dealer

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    • #3
      I've been thinking about a challenge where the students need to draw on a collaborative whiteboard a perfect playground. I would give them a list of requirements for the playground: things for kids of all ages, things for accessibility, safety considerations, aerobics, field sports, parking, lighting, restrooms, creativity, and so on. Then they could use the collaborative white board to draw it and then present it afterwards.

      Today we did the "Build this" challenge. Thanks for the tip about getting the legos ahead of time. It was easier because the kids could pick up the pre-fill lego baggies at school. It went pretty well. I have the lego ISS model and I explained how the engineers that built the ISS had to collaborate with other countries to build the ISS and they had to be sure everything would fit together for the first time on-orbit. No chance to test the fit here on earth! Kind of like the "build this" challenge.
      Norfolk, Virginia, USA
      FLL Coach and Regional Tournament Head judge since 2014

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      • #4
        We did the "design a playground" challenge a few weeks ago and it went well. Everyone contributed and they all said it was fun.

        Today we are going to play "Pictionary". I have a list of words related to FLL. We will send a word from the list to a single kid (the artist) in a private chat and they will draw it while the other kids guess. We will give them 2.5 minutes (of course!). After each round, the artist has to tell the team what the word means to them and how it relates to FLL.
        Norfolk, Virginia, USA
        FLL Coach and Regional Tournament Head judge since 2014

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        • #5
          No core value exercise in Minnesota. This was labeled a "non-COVID related change. Anyone esle here about this? That pesky presentation is all that stands in the way of judging being like a job interview.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dean Hystad View Post
            No core value exercise in Minnesota. This was labeled a "non-COVID related change. Anyone esle here about this? That pesky presentation is all that stands in the way of judging being like a job interview.
            Yes, it sounds like the judging is being standardized here in the U.S. One consolidated judging session, or at least one time slot.
            https://firstinspiresst01.blob.core....-for-Teams.pdf
            Last edited by timdavid; 11-01-2020, 01:09 PM.

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            • #7
              Yeah, the teams in Virginia are doing the consolidated judging. We haven't heard that much about it yet. Our tournaments aren't until Feb and there are still a lot of things to work out. In the meantime, my team meets virtually three days each week and in person during the school day two days. Not the optimal experience, but better than nothing. So I have been trying to come up with some original and creative games for the kids that we can play over zoom. They really like "two truths and a lie" and I think they also enjoyed pictionary. The games have been great for helping the kids learn at least a little about their teammates.

              We've been practicing for two months and I have not met several of the kids on our team (in person) and I have yet to touch the game table or mission models. Really weird.
              Norfolk, Virginia, USA
              FLL Coach and Regional Tournament Head judge since 2014

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