Monthly Archives: January 2013



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.


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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.

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Pacific Rim Elementary Mentoring

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.


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Apple FLL Showcase Event

On November 28, 2012, our team helped set up the Apple FLL Showcase for four other FLL teams.  Instead of showcasing our work, we instead mentored the other teams by overseeing some of the stations like the Robot Taskbot and Robot Game stations.

There were four stations.  Station 1 was the Robot Design and Taskbot Station.   Teams had the chance to talk about their robot design or demonstrate basic programming challenges and discuss sensors with pre-programmed Taskbots.  We taught the other FLL students how to operate Taskbots and concepts in programming and sensors.  They in turn would teach spectators at the event.  Station 2 was the Project Station, where teams got to talk about their project.  Station 3 was the Core Values Station, where the teams talked about their Core Values Poster.  We asked students some possible Core Values questions to help them prepare for the tournament.  Station 4 was the Robot Game, where teams demonstrated their competition robot for the Senior Solutions game.  We timed the teams to help them take turns demonstrating their robot and reset the field each time.  We also cheered the teams on as they operated their robot during 2.5 min rounds.

Our mentors from the high school team, Buffalo Wings, were also there to help lead the event.  Everyone was so nice and we all agreed that it was so much fun and a terrific collaborative experience!

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Apple FLL Showcase Planning Meeting

We met with the Apple Creative Specialist on Oct. 17, 2012 to plan the layout of the stations for the Apple FLL Showcase for other FLL teams to participate in.  We taught him about the FLL Core Values and what they mean and how they are important.  He was gracious to also share some of his wisdom about his work experience.

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Escondido Battalion Sea Cadets

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.

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