SHARING OUR PROJECT WITH SENIORS
In addition to sharing our project with the experts we consulted and the local community at outreach events, we shared our project with many active seniors, including a senior focus group who met for the first time, our grandparents, our Senior Partner and the seniors at a local assisted living facility. We also shared our project with the caregivers at that facility and conducted surveys in which both active seniors and assisted living facility caregivers completed. Everyone provided great feedback and helped us in developing our “Senior Solution.” In our sharing, we discussed the importance of keeping hydrated as well.
SENIOR FOCUS GROUP
OUR SENIOR PARTNER
Our Senior Partner identified the problem of dehydration by telling us how her husband is constantly being reminded to drink because he feels he does not get thirsty.
Our Senior Partner told us that he did not drink water while working on their roof on a summer day in their town, which is located in a very hot area. Her husband did not feel thirsty despite the hot weather. After he came into the house, he passed out and vomited. He was rushed to the emergency room and was later diagnosed with severe dehydration.
When we were trying to identify senior-related problems by visiting a doctor at a local clinic, he told us that dehydration is really a concern for seniors because they lose or have a lower sense of thirst as they get older so they become dehydrated.
After field trips, extensive research, and talking with seniors, we came up with our solution to this important problem. Then we shared our solution idea with various seniors in addition to the experts we consulted.
On Nov. 29, 2012, we visited Pac Rim Elementary to talk with the LEGO robotics club, which has two dozen students. The school had a LEGO robotics club for two years but has not participated in FLL. By demonstrating Rocky to complete missions in the Senior Solutions game and talking about all the great things about being in FLL, we hoped to inspire the club to start a new team or two. The students had great questions and they were so gracious for listening to us. They were also very thankful for the team wristbands we passed out.
On Saturday, November 17, 2012, our team gave a formal powerpoint presentation to the Escondido Battalion Sea Cadets. The presentation was about the FLL program, FLL Challenge and FLL Core Values. We also showed the ZOOM promotional video about the FLL Challenge, which shows an older team going through the FLL season. Then we demonstrated Rocky, our competition robot, doing the missions of the Senior Solutions Robot Game and Taskbots doing the mini challenges on smaller mats.
We invited the high school team called “Team Paradox,” from the Encinitas San Dieguito Academy, who also gave a formal powerpoint presentation about the high school robotics program called FRC, which is FIRST Robotics Competition. This team and another FRC team called the “Warlords” also demonstrated their robot from a previous competition.
The commanding officer of the Sea Cadets gave a talk about the Sea Cadets program. The Sea Cadets that were there did a drill for us. So, that day was a sharing of ideas and we met a lot of nice people. The Sea Cadets were interested in starting in their own team. Our goals were to learn and teach and also inspire.
It was inspiring to know that two of the Sea Cadets were in FLL. It was no surprise, since they displayed Gracious Professionalism. In fact, the Sea Cadets were very gracious and professional. Everyone enjoyed learning from each other.