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    What does your team do to keep core values as exciting and alive as the rest of the FLL program?

    Over the past year and a half, I have used a variety of worksheets and games to help a newer team of members 'embrace' the core values. They quickly learned that the core values weren't just 'rules' on how they should behave when they were at robotics; they were actually fun to use. Instantly, I noticed a change in their behavior towards each other... their parents were very impressed when they won the "Core Values Award" at their qualifying tournament and the "Gracious Professionalism Award" at Legoland as a team of 6 rookie 10-year-old boys. The parents congratulated them on their awards... their response? "What we discover is more important than what we win."

    As a new season is now in full swing, the kids are asking me for even more games and activities and they are throwing out their own ideas as well. I thought I would create a thread on here so that we can team up and share our ideas for materials with each other. I definitely know that coaches and mentors don't have all the answers, and I think I'm starting to run out of ideas. ^_^ So what are some games and activities you do? I would love to hear about them. And I'd be more than happy to make documents with your ideas, add them to this list, and give you full credit, just let me know! Always open to suggestions as well.

    Core Values Word Scramble
    Fast paced and gives the kids a chance to use their knowledge of the 8 Core Values. Try to beat your previous records!
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...bUIKYu5Q4/edit

    Core Values Cards
    I hand these out to the kids so they can learn the 8 Core Values and what "FIRST" and "FLL" stand for.
    Front: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...hCEdzsxgE/edit
    Back: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...VsK3h2k3k/edit

    Crossword Puzzles and Word Searches
    To do at home between meetings or if they need to cool down from project and robot for a few minutes.
    Core Values Word Search 1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...w88ApYzus/edit
    Word Search 1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...sSO7fFzkA/edit

    Speed Builds
    Builder and Communicator Speed Build: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...0-sknJFYo/edit

    Hopefully many more will be added to this list as I find time to document the ones used last year, think of new ones for this year, and receive suggestions from others! Thank you!
    Core Values Material: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." --Walt Disney

    FIRST fanatic since 2010: FRC Student--FRC Mentor--FLL Coach--Jr. FLL Coach--Tournament Volunteer

    Currently the lead coach of 1 rookie FRC team, 5 FLL teams, and 2 Jr. FLL teams

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    This is wonderful! I don't have any games but our team circle up at the end of every meeting. Each person has to say what they appreciated the person to their left/right doing during the meeting that day. It has helped them gain a greater appreciation of what everyone has contributed even if they were broken up into different sub teams and couldn't see it happen.
    Coaching the Flamingos since 2004!
    Team #79 - The Blue Cheesy Flamingos
    https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooFLL
    http://www.KalamazooRobotics.org

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    • #3
      Re: Core Values Material

      Love all of these ideas!
      Melanie Rochat-Hyde
      Coach of The Beach Bots, The Landing Gears, and The H20Bots
      at The Emerald Coast Science Center
      Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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      • #4
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        Thanks BlueCheesyFlamingos and MHyde! Love the idea... I think my team could definitely benefit from having them circle up at the end of each meeting. You're right, often times kids miss what others have worked on and that can result in much confusion when they aren't sure if they can change that something and don't know who to ask. It also emphasizes "we are a team" and that no one member is doing all the work.

        Okay, so I thought I would be able to go back and edit the original post to "add to this list as I find time to document the ones used last year, think of new ones for this year, and receive suggestions from others!"... I didn't realize you can't go back and edit a post after a certain amount of time... therefore, that list will be a Google Document as well so I can edit it...

        Updated Core Values Material List: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit
        Core Values Material: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit

        "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." --Walt Disney

        FIRST fanatic since 2010: FRC Student--FRC Mentor--FLL Coach--Jr. FLL Coach--Tournament Volunteer

        Currently the lead coach of 1 rookie FRC team, 5 FLL teams, and 2 Jr. FLL teams

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        • #5
          Re: Core Values Material

          We are a new team and I am a new coach so this is great! Thanks for putting this together and sharing!
          Team Breakfast Bots
          FIRST Lego League Team #1120
          Coach/Parent

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          • #6
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            Hi, I am a rookie FLL coach and what you shared is awesome!

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            • #7
              Re: Core Values Material

              Great ideas, everyone. We have used the "circle up" idea at the end of team meetings. Works very well when you have a large team as often each little group did not know what the other was working on. We would have one mini-group talk to the other groups telling them what they worked on that day, what they learnt that day, what didn't work so well...and ask the other kids for ideas before they all head back home.

              Another good resource for Core Values is actually from Kid's Summer Camps. Camps do a great job of coming up with quick games that help the kids know more about each other and trust each other. These can be adapted for FLL and we have found the games to be fun and useful.

              A google search for "Ice Breakers" and "camp" will yield plenty of results.

              Here are just two of them.

              https://www.winthrop.edu/uploadedFil...cyclopedia.pdf
              http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/...rs.page-1.html
              Coach for Not the Droids You Are Looking For (Droids Robotics) since 2011
              Judge at Western PA, World Festival, Razorback Open, Mountain State
              Head Referee, Western PA Championships

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              • #8
                Re: Core Values Material

                I am a rookie coach for a bunch of 4th grade boys so we did a few physical games to "highlight" the value...for instance for "We do the work with guidance from our coaches and mentors", we had adults and boys do wheelbarrow races across the backyard with the adults guiding them as they raced each other on their arms. Hilarious!
                For "What we discover is more important than what we win", we had a quick and easy scavenger hunt to find chocolate kisses hidden around the basement. At the end of the meeting, the boys knew at least those two core values.

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                • #9
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                  There is a team in California hoping to INSPIRE Core Values all over the world. https://www.facebook.com/INSPIRECoreValues?fref=ts

                  They are challenging all FIRST teams to create a short video (90sec or less) about what 1 (or more) Core Values means to your team.

                  Our team enjoyed making their video. Other teams might use this video as a Core Values activity as well.

                  Enjoy,
                  Coach for Not the Droids You Are Looking For (Droids Robotics) since 2011
                  Judge at Western PA, World Festival, Razorback Open, Mountain State
                  Head Referee, Western PA Championships

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                  • #10
                    Re: Core Values Material

                    Hello everyone!

                    I am very excited to see that this thread is active again for the new season! I'm looking forward to adding more material to the document based on your suggestions, and hopefully create some that are themed for this year as well!

                    Please remember to see the full list, you should go here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit
                    ---FIRST LEGO League---
                    Volunteer Body Forward 2010
                    LEGOLAND Cup Judge Core Values Food Factor 2011
                    Coach of Team 7633 Senior Solutions 2012

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                    • #11
                      Re: Core Values Material

                      Hi everyone,

                      I made this thread a few years ago and now I'm back and ready for another season! This will be my fourth season as an official coach (I did some mentoring before I started coaching), and this year I will have 5 (or 6) teams. More than ever, I plan on using these to help my students follow what FLL is all about, and I would like to use your ideas as well!

                      How do your students focus on the core values, in the heat of the build/competition season? Let me know!

                      And remember, to see the full list, please go here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit
                      Core Values Material: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit

                      "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." --Walt Disney

                      FIRST fanatic since 2010: FRC Student--FRC Mentor--FLL Coach--Jr. FLL Coach--Tournament Volunteer

                      Currently the lead coach of 1 rookie FRC team, 5 FLL teams, and 2 Jr. FLL teams

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                      • #12
                        Re: Core Values Material

                        Originally posted by KeepMovingForward View Post
                        Hi everyone,

                        I made this thread a few years ago and now I'm back and ready for another season! This will be my fourth season as an official coach (I did some mentoring before I started coaching), and this year I will have 5 (or 6) teams. More than ever, I plan on using these to help my students follow what FLL is all about, and I would like to use your ideas as well!

                        How do your students focus on the core values, in the heat of the build/competition season? Let me know!

                        And remember, to see the full list, please go here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit
                        These are great! For our rookie team, we repurposed -- a nod to the trash trek theme -- a deck of "go fish" cards which had 8 sets in it and put the 8 core values on them. The kids play "go fish" at the end of the day; before laying down a set they need to say an example of that core value from the day.

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                        • #13
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                          What a great idea, slofll! I am going to bring this game to my next meeting... I think they are about ready for a new game! Please let me know if you think of any other ideas!

                          Here is your game:
                          https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

                          Remember, to view the whole list, please go here:
                          https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit
                          Core Values Material: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...L5yRv-bmo/edit

                          "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." --Walt Disney

                          FIRST fanatic since 2010: FRC Student--FRC Mentor--FLL Coach--Jr. FLL Coach--Tournament Volunteer

                          Currently the lead coach of 1 rookie FRC team, 5 FLL teams, and 2 Jr. FLL teams

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