FLL Meeting Team 2 Recap 11/9/14

Today, we started to practice our skit and Core Values. The Project team was able to redesign our skit to make it easier to understand, and we were all able to start fine-tuning our skit. Both Project and Mission came together to practice our skit and teamwork, and we are on our way to the competition.

Jennifer

(Just a reminder, no meeting next week for Project because Mission is going to a practice competition!)

First FLL Meeting!

On Saturday and Sunday, we had our first FLL meetings of the year! We had a great turnout on both Saturday and Sunday, and we are all looking towards a great new start of the FLL competition season!

We started to brainstorm for our Project. (Team 1 and 2, if you want to comment and give some feedback, that would be great!) Here are some of our ideas:

-An app for teamwork that gives two scenarios that involve teamwork. This is targeted towards younger kids.
-An app for spelling and academics that helps kids work on their schoolwork. This features a virtual study group so many kids can work together at once.
-Bio-technology for recognizing and remembering names. (Still working on details)

We also got working on our Mission, and we started to brainstorm on trips and strategies.

We had a productive meeting on Sunday, and I hope to see everyone again at the STEM Meeting!

Vacation…

Hi guys, how’ve you been? I know I’ve been sleeping in lately…are you guys on vacation? I’m staying at home for the entire month of August šŸ™ Any of you out of the country?

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about who to send the sponsor letters to, but do you guys have any ideas? Pls let me know, or as Runi puts it, my brain’s gone on vacation mode…

See you in September!

-Jennifer

Our Meeting on July 26

Hey guys, Jennifer and Arunima here. So, Runi forgot her password, so we’re using my account. Anyway, we were trying to narrow down our ideas for the project, and learn about how to program simple robots. First, we broke into two groups and Eddie and Ashton each reviewed what we learned last week. They showed us the different parts of the robot, and what each of their purposes were. Afterwards, each group got their own computer that had the programming application already downloaded on it, and got to “play around” with it. Then we got to transfer the files onto the robot and see the outcome. We became quite comfortable with the program, and we know how to create programs for simple robots.

Next, we discussed our reports for mold. In a nutshell, mold is a type of fungi that needs moisture and anything in the house, especially wallboard. Everyone gave a little report about it, and Laura even made a Powerpoint. Mrs. Rollins came up with an absolutely brilliant idea of a plug-in freshener(like febreeze or dove) that turns a certain color when there is an unpleasant odor from the mold. We haven’t exactly worked out the details, but that’s definitely a possibility for our project. We also discussed our idea of the boots with the hand warmers on the bottom. For our “newsflash”, we saw a youtube video about Norwegian roads that are coming out soon that have lighting so that at night, there’s enough light to see. Also, it predicts the weather, and if you have a car that has to be charged, then by going in a certain lane, your car can get charged. It’s pretty cool…also, we saw this fabric that is very flexible, but when wet, it turns into concrete. Furthermore, there is a kind of concrete that sucks up all the water. Runi came up with an AWESOME idea, to use the concrete the sucks up all the water for our boots with hand warmers. When the boots melt all the snow and the snow becomes water, the water can be dried by the concrete.

That’s pretty much the summary of our meeting. Thanks for reading.

New Ideas

Hi guys…I was SO excited about this that I couldn’t wait for tomorrow’s meeting to share it. I recently found this website that advertises something called HeatTrak. It’s a huge business, and it’s also attracting a lot of attention. This is the summary that they use on the website: “As the world’s only manufacturer of portable outdoor snow-melting mats, HeatTrak’s products are an efficient and convenient way to prevent snow and ice accumulation around the home or facility. To help reduce slip-and-fall accidents in the winter, try a HeatTrakĀ® and save your back.” Of course, this paragraph is exaggerated, because it obviously isn’t the world’s only manufacturer, but it still seems like something that could help. I looked at the pricing, and the pricing for a walkway mat is $130! I would definitely not pay that much money for HeatTrak. We can do much better than that. (The website is www.heattrak.com if you want to go and see for yourself.) But the thing is, if we use this idea, then would it really be ours? There are also so many other companies that have the same idea as HeatTrak, such as one called Masterheat. This one installs it underneath your floor, but although they don’t show the pricing, it can’t be cheap. So what we’re looking for is a super-cheap, appealing, and useful device that we can have. I know we discussed that if we make those winter boots, we could make something similar to the handwarmers that can be stuck to the bottom to melt the snow. We have to find a way to clean that water, because on a driveway, if there’s a lot of snow, and it all turns into water, chances are that it’s all going to spill into the road. Also, if there is a lot of water on the surface, then there is a safety hazard involved because there’s a good chance of slipping. These are all issues that must be addressed, and I was wondering if you guys could come up with any tweaks to my idea…Furthermore, we started off with the idea of a “carpet” of heating pads. Theoretically, it seems like it will work, but we need to consider all the variables. What if the carpet isn’t big enough, and you have to constantly go outside and put it in a different area? It can be really inconvenient to have to continuously put your snowboots on and go outside, but you also can’t make a huge carpet of heating pads that cover the entire driveway either. What if someone steps on the heating pad by accident when it is hot? Will it “explode” if the heat and the pressure react? The chemicals in the liquid would be everywhere, and I’m not sure how that will work out. If you put it on a flight of stairs, would it be flexible enough to cover all the areas and melt all the snow? It could be stiff and not melt the part that the heating pad didn’t touch…It still needs a lot of work, and I would really appreciate it if everyone could give it some pointers. I know that we have to conclude our idea by this meeting, and I completely understand that we will most likely not use these ideas, but I think it’s a good place to start off with and we could get a lot of inspiration from this. See you all at our next meeting!

~Jennifer

New Members

My friend wants to join STEM club, but she is going into sixth grade. She is super excited about STEM, and was wondering whether she could join a little early. You might know her already, but if it’s okay with you guys, could she come to our next meeting?

I think it’s great that people coming in want to join STEM! Let me know whether she can come ASAP

~Jennifer