Summer 2012: Ocean Odysseyexternal image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTdv551ErUY3YNR4E6kyi7na7VtLJgIaWT-v_AIxTTIYME5SXe9sQ

Ocean Odyssey pages...

Wake Robotics is offering a chance for parents and 6 to 9 year olds to find out more about Junior FIRST LEGO League by participating in a summer JrFLL program. Though this is not an official FIRST event, it is based on the 2005 challenge: Ocean Odyssey.

This summer, find 2 or 3 friends (up to six 6 to 9 year olds) and get together regularly to have some fun exploring the oceans and simple machines in your own back yard. We'll provide the framework to walk you through it, you provide the kids, the fun, the space and the supplies... On August 25, all teams registered will get together and share what we've explored.

There are many mysteries deep in our oceans. Scientists are still making many discoveries. Look at this site from the National Ocean ( to see some of the animal life discoveries that have recently been made.

US FIRST Description of Ocean Odyssey
  • Our oceans are of vital importance to the health of the Earth, yet only 1% percent of these magnificent bodies of water has been studied. We have explored space more than our oceans.

  • Oceans provide us with many resources and activities from the fish we eat, oil drilled from the ocean floor, to extracts from seaweed used to make ice cream. The oceans provide a wide, navigable highway for the shipping industry, and an underwater playground for activities like scuba diving.

  • Oceans fuel this planet’s most vital ecological processes, like the water cycle, and the carbon-dioxide cycle. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide and pump oxygen into our atmosphere, thereby sustaining the planet’s diverse flora and fauna– yet we know very little about how we are impacting this important resource.

What types of things do you think can be found under the ocean? This is your chance to build a model of some under sea discoveries -- anything from marine life, plant. animal -- or treasures and shipwrecks. And, build a motorized underwater vehicle to explore your model and others. At the final exhibit, you will connect your base plate model to other plates to create a huge underwater scene.

Final result:
On Saturday, August 25, there will be an JRFLL Ocean Odyssey Expo where teams bring their materials and show

1. Team poster showing what you've learned this summer about oceans
2. Base plate divided into 2 with a stud -- one side is a water way for teams' underwater vehicles to go down; the other side is a marine scene for the vehicles to view

What's required
Build a Team
A team consists of 2 to 6 students, ages 5ish to 9 years old and at least one adult parent. We also encourage older siblings to help mentor the team as well
Register with Wake Robotics and send in $40/team: Click here for the form to register
Join the yahoo group for WakeJrFLL to share resources and ideas for field trips and activities
Check the wiki each Wed for new plans and activities for Ocean Odyssey

Team Decisions:
Team name (1 name)
What part of the ocean will you focus on? (1 area -- coastal, deep sea, polar regions, open ocean)
What types of things will you put on your LEGO building board
What type of ocean vehicle will you build (try for 1 for the team -- may or may not be possible!)

Team Activities
Build base plate
Build ocean vehicle
Build a display board with things you've done/learned about the ocean

Before our exhibit some of the activities you can do:
Go check out some aquariums to see some of the current plants and animals that already exist
Check out some youtube videos about aquatic plants and animals
Talk with some experts about new discoveries in the oceans

To get involved, form a team and register with Wake Robotics.
Click here to see what's involved in forming a team.

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