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December 5th, 2015 By Calla

Use a verbal spontaneous problem to encourage out-of-the box thinking by disallowing normal (boring) methods. Examples include:

* If both your arms were broken, how would you brush your teeth?

* Team members take turns communicating concepts or messages to the rest of the team without words (e.g. charades).

* How would they perform typical activities on “backwards day?”

Filed Under: Spontaneous Saturday


December 4th, 2015 By Calla

12-04 Everything Connects

Filed Under: Photo & Quote Friday


December 3rd, 2015 By Calla

See if you can make contact with a high school drama teacher or community theater person and ask them to give the team some tips about speaking on stage and other stagecraft. (This is not outside assistance as long as the information is general–nothing specific to the problem or to the team’s ideas!)

Filed Under: Theater, Arts & Style Thursday


December 2nd, 2015 By Calla

Last week we approached the subject of how to teach teamwork. How do you teach creativity? Check out pp. 11-12 of the Program Guide. What are some examples of times that you felt very creative? What skills helped you in that creative process? What can you take from those creative successes that you can pass along to your team members?T.A.S Creativity Is Making Mistakes

Filed Under: What's In The Program Guide Wednesday


December 1st, 2015 By Calla
Divide & Conquer – Teamwork is about each team member appreciating the strengths of each other. One way to help foster this is for each kid to be responsible for specific sections of the Long Term problem and become the “expert” of that section for the team: 1 for The Problem and Site & Set Up, 3 for Limitations, 2 for Scoring, and 1 for Style. Also, use our skills survey from Coaches Training to learn what each team member likes to do, wants to learn and prefers not to do. The skills survey can also be found on our Coaches Corner>Training Sessions>Role of the Coach Handbook section.
Filed Under: Tips for Coaches Tuesday


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

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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