Every summer, Breakthrough hosts a 4-day Bootcamp to kick off the season. This was our best first day kickoff yet! We had eight hardy souls come out in the middle of summer to begin tackling the twin challenges of the Robot Game and the Innovation Project. Unfortunately, our challenge set has not yet arrived, but I think that will end up being a blessing as it gives us more time to digest the rules and focus on preparation so that the team will use their time more effectively when we get down to the business of actually building & programming.

First, we watched the kickoff video:

Then, the kids split into groups to go through each mission and think about how it might be accomplished. We used these awesome worksheets provided by the Seshan brothers (thanks!).

mission evaluation worksheet

Already, I can tell that the kids AND coaches have a better understanding of all the missions than any of the teams did last season. It pays to spend some time learning!


Each team member should read through the full contents of the packet below, which covers the rules of the robot game.