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Tomorrow's Innovators Podcast
37 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
How Youth Robotics Positively Impacts Refugees
The Utah 4-H Underdogs are a robotics club of young engineers and innovators that are also refugees from 9 difference countries. In 2019 these incredible youth competed in their regional FIRST Robotics FRC Competition and won in the rookie category, which allowed them to advance on, to the FIRST World Robotics Competition in Houston, Texas. In this interview we discuss their experience getting involved in youth robotics, starting a club, and the importance of friendship, communication, perseverance, and hard work when building and programming robots for high-pressure competitions.
30 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
An Early Adopter of FIRST LEGO League in Utah Shares Her Story and Lessons Learned
Deb Ivie is an Extension Assistant Professor at Utah State University where she develops 4-H STEM youth programs. Deb graduated from Brigham Young University with an undergraduate and masters degree in human development but got her start in positive youth development as a mother and eventually a 4-H robotics club leader for her 7 kids and their friends. She shares how she started a 4-H afterschool electronics program that eventually evolved into 11 4-H robotics clubs competing in the FIRST LEGO League. She also explains how she went about seeking funding for these teams, but more importantly how to strengthen core values within a robotics team and with partners like elementary schools and the 4-H program.
31 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
Competing in FIRST LEGO League as a 4-H Robotics Club from Rural Utah
Alexis Worwood is the head coach of the 4-H Emoji-Coders robotics club from "coal country" in rural Emery county, Utah. She shares both the success and struggles of starting a 4-H robotics club that competes in FIRST LEGO League--from figuring out the rules and finding balance with the members of her team. She also speaks to the value in discovering the strengths and weaknesses of each club member and teaching the youth to become well rounded innovators and contributors in their rural community.
47 minutes | Oct 8, 2019
A Breakdown of All the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) City Shaper Robot Game Missions with Curtis Larsen
Curtis Larsen is a professor of computer science at Dixie State University and dedicated FLL volunteer since 2011. He shares his wisdom, experience, and insights through each mission of the FIRST LEGO League City Shaper challenge, providing you with tips and guidance on how to optimize your team’s scoring potential during the robot game. When you listen to this episode, it is advised you do so in front of your own challenge set.
45 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
How to Organize FIRST LEGO League Teams Part 2 with Sherri and Rachel Lords
Sherri Lords is a motivated classroom teacher at Red Mountain Elementary and manages a thriving 4-H Afterschool computer science club that includes multiple FLL teams. Rachel is current Utah 4-H State Ambassador who has been involved in FLL as a student mentor for the past two years and will be a head coach for this coming season now that she is 18.
14 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) CITY SHAPER Challenge
2019-2020 FLL challenge - Youth are asked: What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin? In FIRST, youth are part of a community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together. Provided in this episode is the audio from the CITY SHAPER Kickoff on the FLL League YouTube channel.
62 minutes | Aug 16, 2019
How to Organize FIRST LEGO League Teams Part 1 with Heidi and Aubree Miller
Heidi is an elementary school teacher of 10 years and has lead and organized multiple FLL teams at her school. Aubree has served with Heidi for the past 4 years as an FLL mentor, and is an FTC robotics competitor. They have extensive experience in how to bring FLL into a school.
42 minutes | Aug 9, 2019
How to Succeed in Building Youth and Robots with Gayla Peacock
Gayla Peacock became involved in robotics when her brother, Curtis Larsen, asked her to be an assistant coach for their new team. The team has won awards at every FLL regional qualifier that they’ve been to, and attribute much of their success to Gayla’s taskmaster skills. You don’t need to be a software developer to lead a youth robotics team.
59 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
Inspiring STEM Culture at School Through FIRST Youth Robotics with Matthew Lowe
Matthew Lowe, principle of Hurricane Elementary, has a love for FIRST robotics. He has coached teams at his school for the past 6 years and created a robotics program with 13 teams. He brings insight and perspective into how a veteran school administrator leads, organizes, and supports a comprehensive youth robotics program.
48 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
Being an Involved Parent in Youth Robotics with Jenny and Alex Chamberlain
Jenny and Alex Chamberlain are 4-H volunteers that have served as FLL coaches for multiple seasons. All the kids on their teams, from “Built to Be Wild” to “The Droids You Are Looking For” have had tremendous success applying the FIRST core values of gracious professionalism and cooperation in their everyday lives. They understand that youth robotics competitions are about more than robots.
19 minutes | Jul 12, 2019
Award Winning FLL Judging Presentations from G3
This episode is a fantastic example of how an experienced, award-winning robotics team delivers in the Core Values, Project, and Robot Design sessions. This contains the audio from the Gator’s Grokking Gizmos 4-H robotics club judging presentations.
11 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Intro to Season 3 and the FIRST RISE Season
Paul Hill opens the 3rd season of Tomorrow's Innovators podcast and introduces the 2019-2020 season, FIRST RISE: THE FORCE IS BUILDING. FLL Jr. - BOOMTOWN BUILD FLL - CITY SHAPER FTC - SKYSTONE FRC - INFINITE RECHARGE
42 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
Jumping into the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Program with Chris & Sarah Ashworth
Chris and Sarah Ashworth, the leaders of the Wookie Cookies 4-H robotics club. Sarah is a Stanford grad who was a research scientist and junior high science teacher in the Bay Area before becoming a full-time, home-school mom. Chris earned his BS and MS in electrical engineering from BYU and is the RF Design Center Manager for Wilson Electronics in St. George Utah where they currently reside.
40 minutes | Jan 22, 2019
Jumping into the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Program (with No Experience) with Rosey Rosander
Rosey Rosander, a sports recreation professional who adopted a son that loves LEGOs. When he couldn’t find an existing 4-H club in his neighborhood that was competing, he started his own robotics club with no prior experience. Drawing on his coaching expertise, Rosey recruited members and their parents for his club, the 4-H GOAT Warriors, winning 3rd place at the FLL Regional Qualifier. Learn how Rosey made it happen here.
18 minutes | Dec 28, 2018
Youth Robotics and Soft Skills
Paul discussing soft skills, what they are, and how mentors can help youth develop these skills. "We are not using kids to build robots. We are using robots to build kids" - Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST. Paul shares a piece written by Seth Godin titled “Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’” that informs intentional work of guiding young people down the path of innovation and leadership.
28 minutes | Dec 17, 2018
Bringing Youth Robotics to a Rural Community with Rob Murray
Paul interviews Rob Murray, an aeronautical engineer who went to visit Emery County, Utah and never left. He now runs a youth robotics program in a rural county of 10,000 people spread across over 4000 square miles. Rob works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of youth in rural Utah so they can have the opportunity to develop their STEM and leadership abilities.
35 minutes | Dec 10, 2018
Ideas for Improving your FIRST LEGO League Project with Dave Francis
Paul has an impromptu sit down with his good friend, colleague, mentor, and NEW Director of Utah 4-H: Dave Francis. They discuss the project for the FLL "Into Orbit" Season and how teams can organize ideas and improve ideas before presenting. This season's project requires teams to "identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system and propose a solution."
13 minutes | Oct 12, 2018
How the 4-H Nerf Herders Prepare for FIRST LEGO League Judging Sessions
This episode is an inside perspective into FLL judging sessions at a region or state tournaments. Provided is the audio from the 4-H Nerf Herders Robotics club core values, project, and robot design judging sessions. It’s not all about robots, we don’t use kids to build robots, we use robots to build kids.
35 minutes | Oct 5, 2018
An Introduction to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) with Chelsey Short
Chelsey Short, Regional Director of FIRST in Utah stars in this episode. Chelsey brings a wealth of experience in many youth programs including performing arts, public safety, and University Extension.
20 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
The History of 4-H
Paul riffs about 4-H and the history of 4-H with A.B. Graham and Jessie Field Shambaugh, some of the founders of 4-H. Audio(used with permission) is Albert and Jessie talking about the first 4-H clubs from the early 1900’s.
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