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LEGO SumoBots 11/02/15

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The Blazing Programmers lost their first bout in the semifinals, but managed to come back to defeat The A Team in a fiercely contested match.

In the second match of the day, Airstead held onto their lead to secure their place in the final match which wil take place on Monday, November 9 at 4:15pm.

Team FSB will face off against The A Team on Monday, November 9 at 3:30pm to determine the third place winner.

 

LEGO SumoBots 10/26/15

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Five more teams competed today, but only two emerged victorious. FSB Team will face off against Airstead next week (November 2) at 4:15pm. And last week's victors, Blazing Programmers and The A Team, will meet at 3:30pm

 

LEGO SumoBots Battle (SuGO)

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We just held our first LEGO SumoBots Battle, or "SuGO" for short.  "The Crazy Cool Kids of VO" and "Team Max" put up a valiant fight, but "The Blazing Programmer"s and "The A Team" emerged victorious. They will face off against each other in two weeks, on November 2.

Next week on October 26, four more teams will compete for the honor of entering the semi-final.

Each team starts with a preprogrammed base bot, to which they can alter or add any of the available LEGO pieces. They may also reprogram the rebot if they wish.

The battle takes place on a raised disk. The object is to knock the other team's robot off the platform, and best out of three wins the match.

 

Process Over Product

As the new school year starts, I'm trying something a little different for storytime. Instead of having the children assemble a craft I've prepared for them, we're going to have a much more open-ended art project at the end of each session.

This is certainly not a new idea--educators call it "Process over Product." The idea is that the children will be challenged to be creative on an individual basis, rather than following a strict step-by-step plan. The emphasis is on the process of creating instead of copying someone else's product.

Proponents of this idea argue that children will have plenty of time as they grow older to practice specific skills such as following directions or building a polished craft. Early childhood, however, should be a time of exploration and experimenting with unfamiliar concepts and materials. Not worrying about the end result frees the child from the frustration of not being able to duplicate a model created by a teacher. There is no right or wrong way to do things--they can worry about that in the future.

In the library, we won't be able to fully implement all the philosophy of "Process Over Product." Getting messy with paint is not really practical in this setting, but I hope to encourage more creativity and relaxing fun during our weekly get-togethers

For more information, please see Dr. Laurel Bongiorno's article How Process Art Experiences Support Preschoolers.

This week's theme was "Favorite Things," and we started out simple with crayons and paper. I feel like there was already a lot more quiet absorption in the activity. No more cries of, "I'm missing pieces!" or "I can't do it!"

In the coming weeks, we'll try out some different materials like leaves, cardboard tubes, basic geometric shapes, etc. Maybe, we'll play some games too.

Please let me know what you think, either in person or in the comments below.. 

Robert

Using Cool Kitchen Tools Family Cooking Club

Yesterday during Family Cooking Club we tested out some cool kitchen tools! Everyone had a great time and made some yummy food!

So Long, and Thanks for All the Bricks*

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The inaugural season of LEGO Science Workshop has come to an end, but don't despair. This autumn will bring new classes and new workshop formats, including sumo-style LEGObot battles--a.k.a "SuGO."

Thank you to everyone who participated. If you would like to be informed of future events, please email us at winchild@minlib.net.

*with apologies to Douglas Adams