We met in-person for the first time since early March to give prospective members a hint of what the robot part of FIRST is about.
And a chance to be driver and button monkey.
Outside, ten people or fewer, social distanced, masked (and gloved at the driver’s station). We required a specific parental permission form for this activity.
Ames is a college town, and unfortunately the college students in town were doing the exact opposite of all those things. So I’m expecting the local situation will quickly take a big turn for the worse and we may not meet again in person again in 2020.
[EDIT] Also please note the “Derecho-proof” swiss-cheesing my daughter put in the portable goal we built
Good for your team! We’re still waiting for official word we can meet. If everything goes as I think it will, we’ll need to follow athletics protocol, which requires logging student temperatures and symptom questionnaires every day we meet. Fun.
My wife started the school year in August distanced. Just like it ended. Then 3 weeks ago they switched to hybrid (Half students face to face Monday/Wednesday, and the other half Tuesday/Thursday, opposing Days are distanced learning). 4 long day school week. (At least for the students- she is 7 days and still does not have the time to keep up the doubled up workload, and teaches 2 still distanced community college courses also).
Going from nearly zero personal contacts since early March at school, even though she worked all Summer long it seemed, and went to about 150 personal contacts a week at school, and is on day 11 as of today, so far so good.
And, since they went Hybrid, the prohibition on No Clubs-Zero Robotics that they started out with in August, went right out the window.
So, FTC 14436, and FRC 60 are all hard at work. (The students were having personal contact all Spring and Summer anyway we have pretty much figured out).
Mask up folks, and be safe out there!
(Zoom is my new friend, an expert just educated me!) And I think the students really liked the fact that I cannot reach any of the team tools!
I also do not have to endlessly sort fasteners and put them away, or hunt down all those items we had all ready to load up, that others put away last Summer. (Floors needed to be stripped & polished, so moving things each Summer are a team duty).
We’re going back hybrid Nov 2, half kids at in class, half on a Zoom call. We’re doing Mondays all periods, distance learning. Then 1,3,5 T/Th, and 2,4,6 W/F. Have a few weeks to get prepared. It’s going to be really weird having kids in my room and NOT being able to walk around and help them…
We started the year with everyone 100% virtual thanks to the local college students sending our positivity rate through the roof (a “world record” 65.5%).
About 35% of kids are still 100% virtual by parental choice (including my daughter), but the rest are back on a 50%-in person, 50%-virtual schedule, block schedule, (so they see each teacher in-person, 1 day a week), Classrooms are about 1/3 full.
We’re looking closer to 10-20% students on full distance learning, at least by my numbers. But we may be looking at about 1/3 of teachers at my school electing to stay at home (kids, at risk, etc.). It’s going to weird seeing classrooms being monitored by a staff member while kids are all on Zoom 6ft apart.