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The Blogticle 1

It will wash away with the tide

The Blogticle “How Do We Do It?” During a discussion the other day, I was telling a friend about my work (he asked) and I said that I often find

What’s in it for …..

Robotscool.sumo.bot

LAST MINUTE HELP NEEDED. 21st December at Unipart House a demonstration of learning’s best laid plan needs a backup plan. This is the backup plan a CALL TO ACTION but

Robo-Sumo Tournament 21st December 2014

Christmas.Sumo

SANTAS SUMO SLEIGH  Finalization COMPLETED Saturday 22nd November 10am till noon prep time 1pm to 330pm Battle ENTRIES here Description Robot sumo is a competition in which two robots, known

Robo Sumo RULES

rules.dohyo

 Sumo Tournament Rules To view and or download the full set of rules please click this link below   ROBOT SUMO TOURNAMENT RULES (21dec14)

Santa Sumo Sleigh Tournament

Santa Sumo Sleigh

Captains Log Stardate 201411.5 as the end of the warm spell cools off to frosty mornings the enterprise Robotscool is entering the final stretch for 2014 with a revisit to

The Blogticle 1

It will wash away with the tide

The Blogticle “How Do We Do It?”

During a discussion the other day, I was telling a friend about my work (he asked) and I said that I often find myself writing articles about the cadets (when I get time) and their wonderful achievements, both highs and lows. This allows parents, cadets and any other interested parties to have a quick look and see what’s going on; a kind of social accountability. He was listening intently, then said.

“You know what, I think no-one else knows about this side of you business”

To which I pipped up “It’s not about me it’s about THEM and THEIR achievements, I’m the lucky one who shares in the journey.”

“Okay I get it I see that in most of your Social Media and it’s wonderful but what you just told me is amazing” he re-torts (I’m blushing whilst typing this)

“To me it’s obvious isn’t everyone doing this?” I quipped back

“I don’t think so or else I’d have read about it, right?”

The conversation continued and after a few hours we went on our paths home. Next day I was sitting down had a reflective moment and I decided to take his advise (grrr) give his theory about my theory a bash, even if was only to shut him up and prove my point that “Everybody knows that!” So in my own time I’m going to write a series of articles entitled

“How Do We ……?”

I thought the best way to end this short blog err article (hang on I’ll get it) was to use my own style (yes I know I haven’t got any style) make my own style by ending each blog by posing a question that leads in to the next “Blogticle” (oo I like the sound of that) and start a conversation .

This Professional Changing Question which flipped my outlook on my profession was

“How is this best learnt?”

Please wade in with comments or thoughts about my question or if the critic in you beckons about writing style interest level please don’t be nasty. IF you wish to ask me a specific question based on the theme of “How Do We …?” don’t be shy.

And so my journey of a thousand blogticles (the more I say it the more I like it) has began with this single page.

 

Barry

What’s in it for …..

Robotscool.sumo.bot

LAST MINUTE HELP NEEDED.

21st December at Unipart House a demonstration of learning’s best laid plan needs a backup plan. This is the backup plan a CALL TO ACTION but first some ground work. The event information is to be found here.
Right, what’s in it for ….

What’s in it for the community?

It’s Christmas time and family is important and we have tried to bring all members together to enjoy some warm festive fun in a happy competitive atmosphere where we can share some cheers and tears and reward the achievements of all with the special ones we love around us to help. Community is a form of collaboration read here about Robotscools ideas on collaboration

What’s in it for the competitors?

They have spent the last few weeks hammering away at making super awesome robots and now its there chance to show it off. Which kids doesn’t need these following comments
“WOW”
“That’s Great!”
“Did you do that”
“Good job”
“I wouldn’t know where to start”
Most competitors are aged 7 to 14 remember all those fantastic phrases that parents, grand-parents and teachers used to give you to encourage you and help you feel good about yourself well the more people the more praise the higher the spirits. So engage with them ask them questions and give them feedback. Food is not the only source of nourishment (start at 9.31)

What’s in it for Robotscool?

First off my kids are taking part and I love to help them help themselves. We have a professional obligation to be the absolute best we can, for he sake of our cadets, but not only that its actually our moral obligation to raise up these cadets encourage them to be the absolute best they can be for all of our collective futures. We are purposeful and our mission has meaning.

What’s in it for you?

Community driven learning through demonstration gives pupils the status of ambassadors for learning. They become thoughtful, self-directed and long learners,ready for the day they leave school and ultimately assets to their communities. Plus all the other stuff written above. This is a group that’s now being set up in Oxford see what they have to say

CALL TO ACTION

We need 2 things.

  1. First Entertainment, we are looking for a local dance group or entertainers to help us fill in 2 time slots of 10 mins each at 1pm and 3 pm. A sumo/ wrestling/ competitive theme we have costumes etc if needed.
    1. Think you can help event@robotscool.com
  2. Secondly Sponsorship, our previous sponsor has had to pull out last minute and we are now left with a gap that budget gap is £300 its not a lot to some but a lot to others. This money will be used to pay for the venue “Unipart Hose, Cowley” and pay staff.
    1. Think you can help event@robotscool.com

 

Kirk Out!

Robo-Sumo Tournament 21st December 2014

Christmas.Sumo

SANTAS SUMO SLEIGH

 Finalization COMPLETED Saturday 22nd November 10am till noon prep time 1pm to 330pm Battle ENTRIES here

Description

Robot sumo is a competition in which two robots, known as “sumo-bots,” attempt to push each other out of a ring. Sumo-bots must be non-destructive. Robot sumo is a game of pushing, not destruction. This is a well-known sport in the world of robotics. The tournaments are family-friendly and great learning experiences. Based on fair competition, robot sumo encourages friendship, promotes the exchange of ideas and showcases participants accomplishments. Full rules are available here.

Where and When

Location : Unipart House, Garsington Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2PG

When : 21st December 2014 10am to 4pm

Schedule

  • 10:00am – 11:30pm : Registration
    • Any team arriving after this time is at the discretion of the referee
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm : Build Test and Talk
    • Last chance to test you sumo bot and meet other teams & share ideas
  • 12:00am – 12:45pm : Lunch time
    • eat drink and chill during this time you may be called for referee check. This event takes place in the restaurant area of Unipart House refreshments available
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm : Weigh-in, Size and Programming Check
    • As per the full rules you will have until 12:30pm to make any final tweaks
  • 01:00pm – 01:15pm : Opening Ceremony & Rules review
    • Sumo show opening & Quick explanation of how the event will flow
  • 01:20pm – 02:30pm : Preliminary Rounds
    • Dependent upon number of entries this will either be groups or league table rounds
  • 02:30pm – 02:50pm – Show Time Break
    • Quick breather and a bit of fun
  • 03:00pm – 03:15pm – Finals
    • Semi Finals followed by finals
  • 03:20pm – 03:30pm – Award Ceremony & Finish
    • Awards prizes and goodbyes

Reservations Teams & Costs

All bookings are pending potential sponsorship but must be made online via www.eventbrite.co.uk the cost of entry is per team, maximum people per team is 6. All teams and individuals are responsible for getting to the venue by themselves there is ample parking onsite bus routes pass nearby. Please check that information here http://www.unipart.co.uk/where-to-find-us

Points

This event takes place in the restaurant area of Unipart House so hot & cold drink and sandwiches will be on sale during the day.

All Children aged 7 or younger will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. We are not a babysitting organization we are all about the learner and their learning and the ultimate understanding is achieved through demonstration. These events are the perfect example of that. We would would ask all parents to attend the competition and speak to their children about what they’ve learnt and of course cheer them on and offer support.  Bring friends other family members and spread the word via your social media accounts.

What to do next

  1. Want to know more send us a mail event@robotscool.com
  2. Form a team speak to parents where applicable.
  3. Click this link for the full rules for the tournament,
  4. If you think you can do that then in a few day you can jump on to eventbrite.co.uk fill out the form
  5. You will get confirmation via eventbrite
  6. We at Robotscool will then contact you

All the ways to contact us are here on this page just look click one of the social media icons find a link in the blog there is a way. FB robotscooluk  Twit robotskool event@robotscool.com

Kirk Out!

 

Robo Sumo RULES

rules.dohyo

 Sumo Tournament Rules

To view and or download the full set of rules please click this link below

 

ROBOT SUMO TOURNAMENT RULES (21dec14)

Santa Sumo Sleigh Tournament

Santa Sumo Sleigh

Captains Log Stardate 201411.5 as the end of the warm spell cools off to frosty mornings the enterprise Robotscool is entering the final stretch for 2014 with a revisit to the world of Robo-sumo.

What’s up in the trenches

This final 2014 term teams will re-visits Robo-Sumo and battle hardened cadets will initiate the newer cadets in the mystery of robotic autonomy. They will impart their knowledge in a demonstration of learning and lead teams to completion of the basics within 2 weeks. This will allow plenty of time for the creative juices to flow so that their robot will be as hard as a coffin nail and as cool as a cat ready for ROBOTSCOOL’s “Santa’s Sumo Sleigh.”

Where’s this going to happen?

We are at present on the case and hunting down a suitable venue in which to hold our end of year OPEN tournament. A few are on the short list but I will be beaming through our stargate to these venues over the next 2 weeks to see which can hold the enthusiasm. We are aiming for Sunday 21st December 10am to 4pm.Do you know somewhere?

How much is it going to cost?

We are also on the look out for Sponsorship for this event so if you know any one or any company which thinks helping kids to learn STEM based Hard Skills or Social Skills is a worthy cause then point them in our direction. They can sponsor a team (£10 to £30) or an aspect of the event.(from £50 to £2000) Budgets large or small welcomed. Click here to mail me any info you might have. You can even enter your own team if you wish full details of entry will be released soon watch this space.

What can I do to help?

What can you bring to the event? We are a collaborative effort we are looking for people who wish to get behind this project and push it forward not for me not for you but the Cadets that wish to learn and have an intrinsic motivation to succeed.

Call to action

In short :-

Do you know a great venue?

Do you know someone or are you someone able to invest cash in to a genuine movement?

Do you think the “Same is Lame” in the world or education?

Do you have or know a Mindstorms kit that needs unleashing?

Do you know a team or are you a team wanting to enter?

Do you have something to contribute?

if you answered in the affirmative with any of the above then take action NOW

More information will be released on Monday regarding entry rules and prices.

Kirk Out!

Mars Rover Week 3 – ALL

Off Worldy Good

Captains Log Stardates 201409.22 – 27 cadets are on fire this week a mass of positive energy is flowing.

4 Clubs; 7 Rovers; 30 Cadets

Have all made great leaps towards completion of their MARS ROVER.

To speed up the process I have carefully and deliberately helped cadets share lessons learnt between groups, check designs, compare rovers & contemplate to access the skill of collaboration.

This process of discovery & experimentation has helped cadets hone their models quite rapidly. On Saturday a whirlwind of testing ensued and groups reached a consensus that the configuration of the motors hinders the mobility of the rover. Upon comparison many a groups have opted for the same configuration this is easily remedied.

Challenge for the coming week is “Finalize the structure & design” then to the last Tyres? Tracks? Or Legs?

Chalgrove Community Primary School

Cadmore End

Kennington Club

Star Class

Some Video

Kirk Out!

 

Mars Rover Week 2 – ALL

Kennington Rover 10

Captains Log Stardate 201409.06-20 the Enterprise having been disabled in an ambush from a Kawazaki 1500 2 wheeled attack vessel CASUALTIES 0 on both sides. The shuttle craft was then taken out in an electrical storm disabling the starter booster has laid waste to our plans to carry out our exploration.
Severely crippled and floating in space we finally got the booster realigned and the shuttle made its way to the nearest space port for repairs allowing a repair crew to get the Enterprise back in for a re-modelling. At present we are using a prototype model with a new dilithium crystal chamber which reaches maximum warp in next to no time.
However we have managed to reach a few classes this week and continued on with our mission to take a rover to Mars this week we will let the pictures do the taking

Chalgrove

This week we are back and running at full capacity

Kirk Out!

Mars Rover – Cadmore End 01

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Captains Log Stardate 201409.09 the synchronizations of calendars have been confirmed and school term kick off a new.

The cadets eager to get moving rushed all the equipment in to the classroom and awaited transportation in to the Technology Enabled Learning Lab (TELL)
As we reviewed the rest of 2014 cheers of joy went up as we announced a trip to MARS!! An encounter with ‘Scutters’, and chat with engineers at RAL. Not satisfied with that the commencement of a Christmas Sumo Tournament was welcomed with ‘EPIC!’ and the noise level increased.

But first things first a Rover MUST be constructed to crawl across the Martian surface. This initial phase of readiness meant a pairing up and everyone in the joint rolls of Engineer & Reporter, with Kirk taking the lead role in a follow the leader build.
Eagerly they took up the challenge of the build and in record time were complete. Cadets wanting to see this, this, this mechanism moving asked smart questions and soon NXT’s we handed out programs were constructed and the problem solving skills were tested as they learnt how to make it move effectively ensued.

How time flies when your having fun. Tasks were set out in preparedness for next lesson can they convert this build to the new EV3 that was won last term……

 

Kirk Out!

Mars Rover – Chalgrove 01

CMR 01 - 005

Captains Log Stardate 201409.08 the synchronizations of calendars have been confirmed and school term kick off a new.

The cadets rolled in with a re-newed sense of maturity & a mindset to achieve what every is thrown at them.
As we reviewed the rest of 2014 cheers of joy went up as we announced a trip to MARS!! An encounter with ‘Scutters’, and chat with engineers at RAL. Not satisfied with that the commencement of a Christmas Sumo Tournament was welcomed with ‘OOOoooo YES!’ and the fever of ideas were already being vocalized.

But first rovers, an intresting build to kick off imagination and exploration off was laid out and all the cadets worked together to build a symmetrical train gear attached to a single motor. We nicknamed this the Goldilocks build … Not too easy, not too hard, but JUST RIGHT!

As the clock neared the end time was up and completion will have to wait til next week. Then we can explore the capabilities of this mechanism.

We rounded up the lesson with the ‘Pow-wow’ reflecting upon the lesson with a focus on team work. Next week we can start with the ‘Pow-toon’

 

Kirk Out!

OYAP & The Studio Bicester

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Captains Log Stardate 201408.18-19 returning to a previous location to cries of ‘Help us Capt’n Kirk your our only hope…..”

Previous encounter with OYAP at The Studio in Bicester ensued in a mad 2 days of Robo-Sports based workshops, where scream, sweat and tears of joy were bout out. This time armed with the theme of ‘Star Wars’ ‘Engage the assembled cadets we must!’

Day1

As the convergence in the force echoed through Bicester, we started out with our recent addition to the mind kit ‘Legotar.’ Naturally packed to the hilt with Troopers, Siths, Jedis, Wookies & Droids. Cadets busily remade themselves in the best Star Wars character they could and introduced their pseudo-selves.

The build of a geared mechanism of unknown completion took shape. We nicknamed this the ‘Goldilocks Build’ not too hard not too easy; JUST RIGHT! Finally 4 legs were added and the simplistic walker was ready,
“Ready for the creativity we are?” they cried
“But the burden of planning, you are not!” was the cryptic answer.
Cadets chatted discussed and built as their ideas took shape. Kirk on hand to lend a sympathetic ear to the building woes but as the prime directive orders “NO INTERFERENCE with the progression of a fledgling mind.”

Day 2

Eager cadets forced their way through the doors early, fingers itchin’ and a Promethean fire a kindle. Let’s give em something to scratch. As the “Goldilocks Build” progressed, “Comprehend Cadets they did ….
“Is it… a a a … BLASTER?”
“Correct the Cadets are. Now a gallery for shooting create we should. Sharp shooter find we MUST!”
Next a shooting gallery was formed, complete with goodies and baddies. If we need it we make! Necessity is the mother of all creation.
Blaster … CHECK
Shooting gallery … CHECK
Score board … CHECK
Excited cadets … CHECK
After 3 rounds of 10 shots the tally was counted and the winner was clear a sharp shooter of EPIC proportions was announced.
SO whats next…. hmm 4 legged walker, blasters, goodies, baddies heaps of lego hmmm.

“Full of the positive energy, were they, learned they had become. The joy of a young mind inspired, achieved it was.”

This is the Nebula Zone where stars are born and new life is given roots.

 

Kirk Out!