Monthly Archives: September 2012

FLL Meetings – Before Challenge Release

We just want to share some photos of when we built the FLL “Senior Solutions” Challenge field setup kit. We worked in small groups to make sure the LEGO pieces were built right. One person in the group looked for the pieces, a second person built the structure, and the third scrolled down the computer screen for the next instruction and also checked the work. As you can see, it’s boys working together and girls working together. But we have been working on this and trying to pair up as boy with girl.

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9/12/12 Team Meeting – Visit from FTC Team 5015

Sep 12, 2012 Meeting

Tyra and Ray from the Carlsbad High School FIRST Tech Challenge team, “Buffalo Wings, “ came to our meeting to talk about Gracious Professionalism, some examples and why it is an important Core Value.  They showed us a video about a softball player who hit a home run but she hurt her knee and could not walk to base.  The umpires said that if she uses a pinch hitter, the score would only count as a single.  If her teammates help her go around the bases, the hit would not count.  So, the other team picked up the hurt player and let her touch all the bases so she could score the home run, which made her team win.

Tyra and Ray also helped us brainstorm questions for our field trip on Friday to the Road Runner running store this Friday.  We are going to interview the people who work there to find out more about hydration monitors.  We came us with these questions.

Road Runner Field Trip Interview Questions

  1. What is dehydration?
  2. How do you know if someone is dehydrated?
  3. What is the solution for dehydration? (What should we do if we become dehydrated?)
  4. How much water does a person need to drink?
  5. How much water does a runner or someone who exercises need to drink?
  6. How often does a runner need to drink water?
  7. Why is being hydrated important?
  8. Is thirst a good way to tell if someone is dehydrated?
  9. Can someone drink too much water or liquid?
  10. What is the difference between drinking water and drinking Gatorade?
  11. What are electrolytes?
  12. Can a runner just drink water? If not, why not?
  13. If someone becomes dehydrated, would it be dangerous to drink a lot of liquid too quickly to replace the water the person lost?
  14. What are the ways runners use to measure their hydration levels?
  15. Do you have a meter or device or monitor that measures hydration?
  16. Could you please, show us an example and explain how it works.
  17. What does this monitor measure?
  18. Is it easy to use? How much does it cost?
  19. Who would use this hydration monitor?
  20. Do you think a senior citizen could use it?
  21. Do have any ideas for hydration monitors if you were to invent one?
  22. Are there any other hydration monitors in the market that are not available   here?
  23. Do you have a hydration monitor/pedometer?
  24. Do you see a lot of people over the age of 50 walking into your store?
  25. Are there a lot of senior runners?
  26. Is the need for water greater for seniors than in young adults?
  27. Do you get any professional athletes coming to your store?


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RoadRunner Sports Store Field Trip

On 9/14/12, we went to a running store called RoadRunner on a field trip to learn about dehydration, hydration, and hydration monitors.  We met Paolina and Kasey.  First, we introduced our team and told them about the FLL program and Challenge.  We demonstrated Taskbot robot and showed the experts the “Self Park,” “Maze,” and “Ultrasonic” challenges.

We asked the experts the interview questions we brainstormed the meeting before. They had excellent answers.  We learned several important facts such as the following:

  • Dehydration symptoms include dizziness, confusion, headache, dark urine, weight loss from sweating, and increase in heart rate and body temperature.
  • Gatorade is not the same as water.  It has a lot of sugar in it.
  • Water is the best liquid to drink for hydration.
  • Everyone has different hydration needs.  It is based on your activity and weight.
  • You can be dehydrated or over hydrated.  Both conditions are not good for the body.
  • Dehydration is a big problem in hot weather because when you sweat you loose water and you may not always remember to replace the water that you lost.  Also it is hard to judge the right amount you need.
  • People might not be thirsty but can still be dehydrated.
  • The store sells Hydra Guard, a hydration monitor bottle.  The bottle electronically measures how much water you drink from the bottle and tells you how much you need to drink for your body weight, but you need the bottle and drink from it to get that measurement.

Finally, we think the experience was terrific and educational, and we hope to go there again.   It was so much fun!  Thank you, Carlsbad RoadRunner, for an awesome educational field trip!

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Kaiser Permanente Field Trip

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, Robolution went on a field trip to Kaiser Permanente because our team is researching how to help older people. Kaiser Permanente is a doctor’s office for people over the age of 20. We talked with and learned a lot from Dr. Lozar about seniors and their health.  These are some of the challenges that the elderly face: dehydration and its consequences, mobility (going up the stairs, walking, transportation), technology use, vision, hearing, back pain, balance (standing up, falls, showering, reaching for things), exercise, memory, leaving stove on, medications (not remembering to take them, taking too much, taking them at the wrong time, arthritis, difficult to read), and having a connection with the younger generation.

We thought the problem of dehydration in the elderly was the most interesting.  Most people, including the elderly, don’t realize how important this problem is.  For seniors, their sense of thirst decreases or is lost, as they get older.  Because of this, seniors don’t feel the need to drink so they are not adequately hydrated.  Other age-related body changes, like losing muscle mass (has lots of water) and dysphagia (swallowing disorder), also contributes to the elderly being prone to dehydration.  In hot weather – especially, in heat waves, the risk of dehydration is even higher for seniors.

When seniors become dehydrated, it could lead to syncope (fainting episodes), ER visits, hospitalizations and possible organ failure.

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FLL 2012-2013 Senior Solutions Kickoff Meeting

Celebrating our FLL 2012-2013 “Senior Solutions” Kickoff Team Meeting –
We are a team: Nick, Theo, Sanjiv, Sara, Aiko, and Katrina

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Hi, we are the FIRST LEGO League ( or FLL team called Robolution!  We are a group of six friends from the same school.  We started as a Junior FLL team during last years JFLL Snack Attack season as the Snack-O-Bots.  Over this summer we learned how to program and test LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots called Taskbots. We thought the line following was cool!!!  We learned a lot about gears and gear ratios.

The 2012-2013 FLL season theme this year is called “Senior Solutions,” where we will learn about aging and try to find a solution to problem that seinors face so that they can be independent, connected and engaged.  On August 22, we took a field trip to Kaiser Permanente to visit a doctor to ask him questions about what challenges seniors face.  He talked about mobility, transportation, driving, daily tasks, social challenges and other topics.

Aug. 28 was the Challenge release.  We went over the Robot Game missions and picked a team name.  There were many good ideas but we voted to call ourselves “Robolution.” We are very excited about the Challenge!

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