Re: Dog gears for modular attachments
Thought I would chime in with some of the behind the scenes insight.
Overall, the kids at EV3Lessons have had the most impact on the rookies who want to learn, the teams who don't have a technical mentor/coach, and the teams that give up using sensors because they can't figure it out. These teams don't learn the possibilities/capabilities of the EV3 robot and, therefore, never get excited by its potential. Talking to these teams/kids/parents/coaches is what keeps the EV3Lessons kids motivated to devote so much time maintaining the site.
But EV3Lessons is not just about FLL. EV3Lessons’ main goal has been to teach how to program using robotics as a platform. Many of you might not be aware that EV3Lessons also helps promote programming in a far larger community than just FLL. *Many* of their users are classrooms, camps, and kids/parents using a robot at home. The kids go out of their way to teach programming in the community using the exact same resources! For example, last week they taught "Hour of EV3" in honor of "Hour of Code", using the same materials.
Their goal has never been to enable FLL teams to get high scores (which some resources focus on). For example, the kids behind EV3Lessons have tried very hard to avoid telling any FLL team how to solve their missions. They turn down contributions geared towards FLL missions and they reprimand anyone that asks for mission strategies or solutions. Sadly, we find that teams watching videos of the current season solutions is far more damaging to creativity than any programming lesson could be.
As several posters have noted, discovery with a bit of guidance is important to keep kids engaged and enthusiastic. The kids spend their personal time talking, emailing, Skyping other groups/teams to keep them encouraged and mentor them. During these calls, the kids encourage rookies to learn the basics first, and guide and make sure they understand 1st year goals/skills vs. 5th year goals/skills.
Unfortunately, not everyone listens to their guidance. There is no denying that there are teams that just want to win. There are rookie teams that want to build the 900pt robot. There are teams that just want the answer. Those teams have always been there and will always be. They are the ones that will take whatever shortcuts needed to get there. EV3Lessons is not about helping these guys. It’s about helping the 1000s of others who need a good starting point.
Last edited by sseshan; 12-19-2015 at 08:02 PM.
Coach for Not the Droids You Are Looking For (Droids Robotics) since 2011
Judge at Western PA, World Festival, Razorback Open
Head Referee, Western PA Championships