INNOVATION PROJECT RESOURCES

In the Innovation Project, your team will:

• Identify a problem within the Challenge Guidelines
• Design a solution.
• Share your solution with others and then refine it.

At official events, your team will present your Project, including the problem, your solution, and how you shared it, in a 5-minute presentation.

Cargo Connect Project Summary & Challenge Overview –
Both provide a brief summary of the season theme, which changes each year. Your team can find inspiration for your Innovation Project within the Challenge Guide and the Robot Game Missions.

Innovation Project FAQs

How are teams managing the Innovation Project during COVID-19?

With safety/ health guidelines in place and many teams meeting virtually, the Innovation Project is easier to adjust to than the Robot Game. Because of this, many teams are starting the season with the project. All project resources in the Team Meeting Guide and Engineering Notebook are digitally available through Thinkscape (teams will only have access after FIRST® registration is complete). These ideas and suggestions can be used by teams that can meet in person and teams that must meet virtually.

Virtual Meeting Spaces: Here is a great breakdown of the different platforms teams can us to meet virtually, including helpful tips for running a virtual meeting. Many teams like using Zoom, because it allows for “breakout rooms” in which members can talk in small groups, then come back to the team.
Project Inspiration: FIRST has included lots of inspiration resources within Thinkscape including images, articles, and videos. They also put together this list with resources all related to the Cargo Connect season!
Project Documentation: Teams can use platforms like Google Classroom/Docs, Microsoft Teams, Trello, or Redbooth. There isn’t one right answer, but the most important thing is that it works for the students. The more ownership they take over the project, the better the experience for kids and adults. If your team is looking for more project documentation resources, check out this resources from FLL Tutorials.
Virtual Experts/ Field Trips: Start and refine your innovation project with the help of virtual experts and field trips. Tip: Reach out to people within your “community” first. It could be local experts or professionals (think family, friends, local schools and governments). You can also find virtual experts and field trips below.
Prototyping: According to the Innovation Project Rubric, teams need to “create a prototype model/ drawing.” Teams meeting virtually can create hand or computer-based designs for their prototype. Here are a few CAD (computer-aided design) options for teams to check out:
Autodesk (ages 11+)
Autodesk Tinkercad (ages 7+)
LeoCAD
Studio 2.0 by BrickLink (How to use)
SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids
SOLIDWORKS – Student sponsorship

Does our team have create a prototype?

According to the Innovation Project rubric, one of the five areas that teams will be assessed on is “CREATE – Team developed an original idea or built on an existing one with a prototype model/drawing to represent their solution.” Therefore, it is important that teams create a prototype. It can be a physical prototype made out of whatever resources the team has available. It can also be a drawing, which can be done by hand or a computer.

Here are a few CAD (computer-aided design) options for teams to check out:
Autodesk (ages 11+)
Autodesk Tinkercad (ages 7+)
LeoCAD
Studio 2.0 by BrickLink (How to use)
SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids
SOLIDWORKS – Student sponsorship

What should we do if we have a question about project?

It is very important that teams and coaches continue to check out the “Challenge Updates” that are constantly getting refreshed throughout the season.

After consulting the Challenge Guide and Challenge Updates, many teams consult our ListServ with questions. This platform is also monitored by our regional judge advisor, Scott Rakestraw.


Virtual Experts and Field Trips

Virtual Expert Resources

Virtual Field Trips/ Simulations