Having trouble creating an impactful, yet simple project? We can help! Below is an article written by Lisa Bath, coach of Team 10564 the “Bionic Brains”, on the steps her team took to achieve a successful project during the 2015 FIRST LEGO League Season.
To further understand this concept and what it would take to get it into place, the team met with Eric Zetz; City of Clovis Solid Waste Supervisor on November 9, 2015. At this meeting he had invited two representative from Republic, the company Clovis contracts with for all items in our blue recycling bin, to join the meeting. At this meeting the team learned additional information about how the city collects, sorts, and recycles trash.
At this point our team went to one of the FIRST LEGO League Qualifier event and competed against 33 teams. There we received a Judges Award that was described as the “Make it Happen” award and received an invitation to compete at the championship in February 2016.
The judges award was exciting to the kids and motivated them to improve their project for the championship. Therefore, in order to actually “Make it Happen” we requested to be added to the agenda at the January 11, 2016 Clovis City Council meeting. We were given an opportunity to speak to the council and present our proposal, every student spoke at the podium. The team presented a written proposal and fielded questions from the council; they were encouraging to the team and made a motion to have the Clovis Solid Waste and Refuse Department work in collaboration with our tam to further research the proposal and extended an invitation to return for a possible approval.
The final project is that the new and replacement lids of all City of Clovis cans will be more thoroughly labeled with specific information of what goes into each bin. Although our team had proposed specific information for each bin, the final list was determined by the department.