November, 2015



November 30th, 2015 By Calla

Absolute last call for coaches to attend training this Saturday.   We hope to see you there at Mesa Middle School; 8 am-12 pm OR 1-5 pm.  Be sure to register at  Team (Tournament) Registration opens next week! When registering, you will need your membership name, membership number, coach information, team member names, and the name/phone/email for your volunteer and judge. Also, make sure you know the name of your long term problem and your division! Have questions? We can help! We have 4 Webinars coming up specifically to talk about online registration. Join us next Monday 12/7 from 7-8 to learn all about online registration.

Filed Under: Mark Your Calendar Monday


November 29th, 2015 By Calla

Problem 4 – Stack Attack! You do not need to be an engineer to solve this long term problem. Building balsa wood towers is not hard or complicated. All you need are a few engineering principles and some ideas below. Let’s look at compression and tension, how triangles work in design and how they work in structure strength

Filed Under: STEM Sunday


November 28th, 2015 By Calla

Spontaneous Supply Bin- Have fun building with common items used in hands-on problems:

  • sticks (yardstick, golf club, pencils, straws, toothpicks, cotton swabs)
  • adhesives (masking tape, labels, clay)
  • containers (large and small cups)
  • balls (ping pong, golf, marbles)
  • connectors (paper clips, rubber bands, pipe cleaners)
  • materials (paper, aluminum foil, cotton balls)

See how tall or how long a span you can create.

Filed Under: Spontaneous Saturday


November 27th, 2015 By Calla

11-26 Thankful

Filed Under: Photo & Quote Friday


November 26th, 2015 By Calla

Thanksgiving Movie Charlie BrownThanksgiving Day is a great time to watch your favorite movie as a family. What is it about this movie that makes it memorable? (Were they humorous, emotional, surprising, action-packed, etc.?) Have the team talk about how to harness these elements to capture their audience.

Filed Under: Theater, Arts & Style Thursday


November 25th, 2015 By Calla

“Twas the Day Before Thanksgiving!” Is Thanksgiving Dinner a team effort at your house? How do you teach team effort to kids? While you’re enjoying a post-turkey rest break, check out page 11 – Teaching Teamwork – to read what you can do as the coach to help kids learn how to work as part of a team.Teamwork Recipe Quote

Filed Under: What's In The Program Guide Wednesday


November 24th, 2015 By Calla

Brainstorming QuoteThe most important thing with brainstorming is to let ideas flow and the wilder the better. Try using a white board to write down all ideas and then transfer them to a note book or word document. Some of the best stuff that kids use later may come out of these sessions. Your role as a coach is to record it all and provide guidance on how to record the info, not what to record. Later in the season, teams will forget some of the coolest things they thought of earlier, but if they can go back through the notes they will locate some awesome ideas.

Filed Under: Tips for Coaches Tuesday


November 23rd, 2015 By Calla

This week we are thankful for our fantastic coaches! We have one more training day scheduled for coaches and it will be held at Mesa Middle School in Castle Rock on Saturday, December 5th.  All coaches are required to attend a half day training, so if you haven’t attended a session yet, please head over to and register. This is the last training offered. In the meantime, Team (Tournament) Registration is just around the corner. Do you have the contact information for your team judge and volunteer? You’ll need it for registration.

Filed Under: Mark Your Calendar Monday


November 22nd, 2015 By Calla

Problem 2 requires 3 technical fishing methods either existing or team created. Here’s a super catch of a website for kids to learn the various types of fishing methods.

Filed Under: STEM Sunday


November 21st, 2015 By Calla

Here is the “Apollo XIII” clip mentioned during the online coaches training and looks like a hands-on spontaneous problem:

Filed Under: Spontaneous Saturday