Meeting Notes

August 2017- Coaches notes

posted Sep 3, 2017, 12:56 PM by Elizabeth Kappus   [ updated Sep 4, 2017, 1:45 PM ]

Our 2017-2018 team has started meeting and the results show we have some work to do to be a team.
We have reviewed the challenge for the new season (Hydrodynamics) and the team is discussing the issue.
We also started our "teamwork" quick activities and some of us need to work on the "team" part.
The biggest loss in points last year came from the Core Values. 
Please encourage your student to focus and keep team work in mind.
Going to a FIRST competition as a team member is a privilege allowed to those who exhibit the Core Values at every meeting. 
We would also like to take a field trip this year-  the coaches will keep you posted.

Students will be using scrum folders to stay on task and homework will be in Google Classroom.

News for June 2017

posted May 26, 2017, 9:49 AM by Elizabeth Kappus

Tournament Preliminary schedule (subject to change)

posted Nov 18, 2016, 6:32 AM by Elizabeth Kappus   [ updated Nov 18, 2016, 7:07 AM ]

Click on the link below to get the schedule



Hi Everyone- I have received info for the tournament on Nov. 19th at Maggee Walker Governor's school.

Registration will most likely begin at 8:00 am and the tournament opening will be around 9:00 am.  The tournament usually ends before 5:00  Please do not show up early for registration.  Our gracious volunteers are trying to prepare for everything to go smoothly until the stated registration start time.  Students should be there no later than 8:30 am.

Food: Breakfast: doughnuts and drinks will be sold as well as baked treats. 

          Lunch: Various lunch items for Sale


Everyone is a volunteer at the tournament and should be treated with respect at all times.


Peanut Butter Drive – A tradition at the Maggie Walker Tournament is to collect peanut butter for Richmond Area Food Banks.  We ask all teams to participate but please note it is optional and has no impact on the FLL judging.  We do typically recognize the teams that contribute the most to this effort.  We will store the collected peanut butter in a separate area to avoid potential food allergy concerns.  


We have 3 judging sessions and 4 robot rounds. The first judging session is 9:15am  and the first robot round is 9:50am

Second Judging round is 10:30 am, Second robot round is 11:00 am 

Third Judging round is 1:00 with the Third robot round at 12:40 pm (that is the one that is most concerning to me because we will be moving right from a robot round to a judging round)

The fourth robot round is 1:45.

Judging continues all day when the judges walk around, please keep that in mind.


I recommend bringing a book to read for both students and parents. 

It is also very loud at tournaments.


Parking and seating may be limited.

Our Project and Solution

posted Nov 14, 2016, 10:28 AM by Elizabeth Kappus

What Did we Research


We researched is what bird houses and what we needed to put on the roof of the sidewalk to make them leave but not hurt them. We also looked up what a bird strip was and what it did.


Who did we learn from


We met with a middle school FLL team that helped us with what  competition was going to be like and how it was going to go and what the judges want.Plus our helpers really knew what it was going to be like.We also met with a 4h manager that knew how to help us with what we did.


Who did we talk to?


We talked to a fellow middle school that helped us with our robot by skype,plus we had lots of fun with. Mr.Carl that helped us come up with slinkies. And he is also 4h manager that has a really nice camp for kids. Last our principal came in to talk about the problem.


What does the solution look like                 


What we are doing is putting slinkies on the roofs where the birds live and when they land on them it will scare them when they land on it they will leave.Then we will have to bring the good birds back.But we will have to go through the things that will stop use, like squirrels will get in the nest and take over.So we need predators that will keep them out.




Final countdown

posted Nov 1, 2016, 9:58 AM by Elizabeth Kappus

We are moving into the final days before the Competition. We have only 5 more meeting dates. 
Student teams are now responsible for different aspects of the work. One team has programmed the robot to move. One team is preparing the presentation. One team is creating prototypes of the project items. One team is in charge of the practice table, and one team is creating the judge's paperwork. These are all important aspects of the competition and any one of these parts can earn points with the judges. The team needs to be able to present our information to judges professionally and show how hard we have worked on the robot. Parents, please make use of the resource page on our website to go over the rules with your student. We are looking forward to a great outcome!

Updates for the first week in October

posted Oct 11, 2016, 4:55 PM by Elizabeth Kappus   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 5:03 PM ]

We have made some great progress:
The student are finished with the mission models and we will have our practice table this week.
The Mentor students have helped us tremendously. Our base robot is complete and we are ready to program.
The team has also come to some conclusions about our project and we are working on a presentation notebook.

The team has reached the limits of our funding ( thank you to our supporters).
We would like to purchase t-shirts and goggles for the team. Please consider a donation!

Project meeting September 29th

posted Sep 30, 2016, 8:52 AM by Elizabeth Kappus

Thank you, Mr.Carl Frick, from the New Kent County Cooperative Extension Service for coming to help us solve our problem. We explained to him that we were trying to help our school by coming up with ideas on how to keep the birds from nesting in the sidewalk overhangs and making a mess on the sidewalks every spring. We talked about how the bird "poop" gets tracked into classrooms and how it could carry germs. We brainstormed what type of birds are nesting there and we explored the Audobon Society website to find out more. We talked about possible solutions and the consequences. 
The Students were given homework:
1. Find out what is a bird strip and how much does it cost? 
2. Name at least one purpose for birds in the world
3. Name one job for humans that work to help or protect birds.

September 8th Team rules, goals, homework

posted Sep 11, 2016, 12:19 PM by Elizabeth Kappus


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