It was a great day today at KCVI. We gathered before the webcast to meet and mingle with the rookies: team 3710 from Frontenac Secondary School. Many of our K-Bots are rookies too, so there was definitely a buzz in the room.
“I’m so excited and I don’ t know what for!” -Dominick, grade 9
We showed our robot from last year, and some of the Cyber Falcons took a turn at driving it around the halls. It will be great at the end of build when we can practice together sometime!
There were reporters for local newspapers and local TV news–Look for the articles, and the broadcasts!
Pretty soon the game was revealed, and we learned what we’d be focused on for the next 6 weeks. Here’s the animation:
After a pot luck lunch, with excellent robot-themed foods…
…we read through the rules in small groups to make sure that we understood all of the restrictions and dimensions and scoring rules.It is important to read everything in great detail so we can make good choices in our design.
Then we took over part of the library to simulate the game-play.
We enjoy this time to “be robots”. We get a chance to be a little silly, and it really helps us understand what the game is all about.
Hula-hoops were good substitute for the game pieces, and we were great racks, poles, robots and mini-robots.
Later in the afternoon we divided up into small groups to brainstorm what we want the robot to be able to do.
We joined back together and presented our ideas.
In our discussions we considered different scoring options, talked about speed and maneuverability, and discussed ideas for the mini-bot.
“I think the mini-bot should be fast and small just like me!” -Paige, grade 9
Our Toronto kick-off crew arrived towards the end of the day. It was so exciting to see our game pieces, and to hear their ideas of how to play the game.
We are going to meet tomorrow at 9:00AM until 5:00PM to continue with our brainstorming and to decide what ideas we will prototype.
How was your Kick Off?