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In 2009 our 'Senior Team’ (FLL Team 1), which includes our older FLL students and some younger ones in their 5th year of FLL, is took a different approach.

We are teaching them to do true product development by describing the challenge in detail BEFORE they pick up one brick.

One of the tasks as do a real calculation of the speed the robot must achieve to make it through all the missions. So Nathan W developed this spread sheet to make sure the robot can complete the missions.

  • We've left some sample data in the sheet so you can see how it works.
  • Begin by measuring the distance your robot must travel to complete all its missions.
  • Then enter any stop times (in seconds) that represent the time you take to do a particular task.
  • What you have left is the time your robot can drive. Divide into distance and you your IPS/CPS measurement.
  • We will leave the calculations of IPS/CPS to you and of course the test of whether your robot can maneuver at that speed.


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