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 coloradoodyssey.org. 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.
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QheSSHUbPeE
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.
“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.
The 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.
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 coloradoodyssey.org 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.
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. www.kidsafeseafood.org/fishing-method/
Here is the “Apollo XIII” clip mentioned during the online coaches training and looks like a hands-on spontaneous problem: