After the first Blogticle I was thinking AGAIN, before I get in to the big questions, I think I’d better start at the beginning and not in a David Copperfield
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
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
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
Sumo Tournament Rules To view and or download the full set of rules please click this link below ROBOT SUMO TOURNAMENT RULES (21dec14)
After the first Blogticle I was thinking AGAIN, before I get in to the big questions, I think I’d better start at the beginning and not in a David Copperfield way, but back to late 1997
After a long and most excellent journey I arrived, at the beginning of a Japanese autumn and the longest holiday I’d ever planned. I never knew it would last 15 years. As I stepped out of the plane on to the tarmac at Narita airport, I was hit by an intense heat and wall of humidity.
“Talk about the opposite of UK weather” raced through my mind, not long after that my ESL (English as Second Language) teacher life began.
Being employed by Jack Jones I spread myself far and wide. Schools of all shapes and sizes. I taught toddlers, kids, teenagers, parents grand parents and great grandparents, and that takes some kind of mental juggling to be able to engage such a wide demographic of people in the same subject ask any ESL teacher they will know what I mean. If your not creative you aren’t earning money. That’s where I coined the phrase “Teacher-tainer”
During that time (took about 7 years of 5 hours a day) I achieved a lifelong ambition & had became a teacher of martial arts. Learning how to become a Samurai, do a 10 man back-2-back fight, enter national tournaments, accept 2 2nd degree black belts was thrilling to say the least. The most important lesson through all the martial arts I did was three fold, Discipline, Control & Humility.
In tandem to that I had discovered that my early years of computing investigation was of great use to me in my work and in earning a little bit of extra pocket money. Fixing and teaching people how to use PC’s. In 2001 I built my first computer and installed my first Linux OS, from there I built & hosted websites for a small portfolio of clients.
As if they didn’t keep me busy enough I had found myself deep in philosophy. Looking for a purpose to my life. I guess marriage and kids does that to even the heartiest of men
Then around 2007 I met Chuck. Chuck was in a similar situation as myself with regards to family and business so a synergy was there. As the world economies started to collapse we got talking. We had seen the lay of the land in work technology and schools and knew its time for something new, fresh & different (Chuck has a keen mind someone I could really bounce ideas off) and “It’s got to be “AWESOME”, as we want it for our own kids.
As responsible parents if we didn’t take action NOW to prepare our children for this unimaginable future then we would be ultimately responsible if our kids fail, NOT AN OPTION.
2009 the opening day of Chucks Indian restaurant More (and my most favourite), fortuitously right next door to my English School in Japan. We all gathered round a table after a hard days raised a glass to toast. “Otsukaresamadeshita, KANPAI!” (Cheers) as the sound of the glasses clinked, it echoed through the fabric of time-space I was lost deep in a rabbit hole of mixed emotion ending in a warm glow where the feeling held (by the way I hadn’t touched my drink yet) I was there in this sensation for what felt like an age, I looked up caught chucks eye leaned across the table and said
“I don’t know what IT is but but we destined for something profound” and so the ball was set a rolling.
This nurturing of ideas took quite some time to develop but after a lot of research and time the question was raised
“How is this best learnt?”
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.
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
“Did you do that”
“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.
- 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.
- Think you can help firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Think you can help email@example.com
SANTAS SUMO SLEIGH
Finalization COMPLETED Saturday 22nd November 10am till noon prep time 1pm to 330pm Battle ENTRIES here
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
When : 21st December 2014 10am to 4pm
- 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
- Mindstorms Team Entry + Rent a robot (10 Available) Cost £30.00 *You will need 6 x AA batteries
- Mindstorms Team Entry – Have own kit (10 Places) Cost £20.00
- Open Sumo-bot Entry – Build your Own (10 Places Cost £10.00
- Spectator we ask for a 1pound donation *If your a parent or sibling of a team member no donation is necessary ON THE DOOR ONLY
- ALL TICKETS ARE SUBJECT TO BOOKING FEES VIA EVENTBRITE
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
- Want to know more send us a mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Form a team speak to parents where applicable.
- Click this link for the full rules for the tournament,
- If you think you can do that then in a few day you can jump on to eventbrite.co.uk fill out the form
- You will get confirmation via eventbrite
- We at Robotscool will then contact you
Sumo Tournament Rules
To view and or download the full set of rules please click this link below
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.