Teaching suggestions

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Adam
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Our group recently got in a new crop of students to participate in botball and we are going to start teaching them the basics of how to build and program a botball robot.

Are there any specific things anyone thinks we should show them how to do before botball season starts?

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Hello,

The basics of building and programming a robot are a great start to introducing new students to the Botball program. Some things I would consider to further prepare them for the upcoming season is to put them through a fake one. In the user articles there is a file with a fake off season game that gives new members to run through the fundamentals of building, programing, and team strategy.

Another thing I would recommend is YouTube. By watching videos it gives them an opportunity to see all the different types of robots that have been built the game strategy behind them.

Last suggestion is experimentation with attaching motors and sensors to Vex and Lego pieces. I know some team that spent a large amount of time during the season trying to figure out an efficient attachment. If they have this skill down before the season starts it could save a lot of time.

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Thanks, I appreciate the advice and the game info. One of our members had fun thinking of an internal competition for all the newbies, but he won't tell us what it is until they have sufficient enough knowledge of botball to really have at it. I like the idea of teaching them how to properly attach the motors and servos to the many different botball construction parts. That'll be very useful later on. We're also going to teach them documentation by having them document our internal competition and having them reviewed by our leaders.

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Awesome, it sounds like the team will be off to a great start when the new year comes around.

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