Second Week of June: 1 week (6hr/day, 30 hours) research, innovation and entrepreneurship including sussing out good from bad ideas, business plans, financial analysis, mathematical modeling, marketing/sales, back of the napkin estimation, etc
June – August: This summer we mostly met as 2 separate groups meeting twice a week in total: Robot Challenge and Research Project. At approximately (2) 1.5 hr meetings per week for approximately 10 weeks that leaves us with a total of 2 meetings/wk * 10 wks * 1.5 hrs/meeting = 30 hours in regular meetings. We had a couple weeks with 4 meetings/week, the robot team actually met for more 2 hours often and JP had a few video conferences from Costa Rica outside normal meeting hours.
With our approximately 100 hours of preparation this summer we’ve accomplished:
Robotic Challenge: building most of our basic reusable MyBlocks needed to navigate our mat along with a logical multi-level hierarchy of nesting that allows up to decompose complex problems into basic programming tasks.
Research Project: we cycled through 3 basic business ideas and exhaustively brainstormed, researched and outlined each from a variety of legal, regulatory, financial, technical, usability, marketing/sales and other perspectives. We’ve researched, identified and contacted a number of domain experts in our initial research and have several more leads to reach out to. We enter the fall with a pretty solid idea that we can more confidently execute upon given the knowledge we gained from our previous experience.
Next week, with the start of school, we’ll take a break as everyone confirms their new fall schedules. As a reward for all our hard work this summer, we’ll likely face a more sane and enjoyable Fall FLL season. Good work guys.