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Postby GreenRock » Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:09 am

No. Flippin. Way. My school just started FRC this week. It's our first year, so our teacher's scrambling to get everything ready for us. There's loads of tools, still in their boxes, sitting in his classroom. We have yet to get started on anything, however. FLL had this competition called "Hot Rod"? The entire point was separating red and black checkers, and moving them to corresponding locations. Easier said than done. I was up till 3am the night (morning, I suppose) before the competition, making the final tweaks. Anyways, yes, I do believe my team and I were in an FLL competition.

I'm 17 1/2 :D
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Postby Cooper42 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:13 pm

Next time I teach statistics I'm going over to the maths department and borrowing the big jar of red and green marbles they use to teach students about P-values.

Not that i have seen that jar, heard of it or have any reason to believe it exists, other than I can think of no other way to explain the purpose of a p-value?
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Postby xander » Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:22 pm

Cooper42 wrote:Next time I teach statistics I'm going over to the maths department and borrowing the big jar of red and green marbles they use to teach students about P-values.

Not that i have seen that jar, heard of it or have any reason to believe it exists, other than I can think of no other way to explain the purpose of a p-value?

Where are you teaching statistics, and to what type of student? Also, most math and stats departments now use M&Ms, not marbles. Get the with the times, man!

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Postby NeatNit » Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:50 pm

GreenRock wrote:I'm 17 1/2 :D
Isn't FLL meant for younger kids? 7th-9th grade-ish? That's how it is here at least :)

GreenRock wrote:No. Flippin. Way. My school just started FRC this week. It's our first year, so our teacher's scrambling to get everything ready for us. There's loads of tools, still in their boxes, sitting in his classroom. We have yet to get started on anything, however.
It's kind of late to start FRC just this week (assuming the intention is to enter this year's competition). There's a lot to learn - how to build the robot is the obvious thing, but there's also how to connect the system components (motors, motor controllers, battery and power distribution, cRIO and its modules, etc), and in my experience the most time needed to learn - programming. FIRST take care of all the communications and backend, but you need to know some programming and problem solving, which is mainly practice. Assuming you'll be using LabView for the programming, I'll be glad to answer any questions you have and help out with any problems. I'm a programmer, but I also know everything there is to know about the system components thing so any questions about those - shoot 'em at me :)


What's your team number? Does your team have a name yet? Either way, best of luck to you all!
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Postby GreenRock » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:48 am

NeatNit wrote:Isn't FLL meant for younger kids? 7th-9th grade-ish? That's how it is here at least :)


Yes. But I've heard some colleges, even like MIT, let students tinker around with them just to learn the basics of programming and whatnot.
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Postby Cooper42 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:07 pm

xander wrote:
Cooper42 wrote:Next time I teach statistics I'm going over to the maths department and borrowing the big jar of red and green marbles they use to teach students about P-values.

Not that i have seen that jar, heard of it or have any reason to believe it exists, other than I can think of no other way to explain the purpose of a p-value?

Where are you teaching statistics, and to what type of student? Also, most math and stats departments now use M&Ms, not marbles. Get the with the times, man!

xander
Geographers... But not physical geographers, human geographers (of which I am one) so it's a BA course...
We have one person in a class of 60 who has done maths post-16.

Surely the problem with M&Ms is 'lost' samples?
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Postby jelco » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:10 am

Cooper42 wrote:Surely the problem with M&Ms is 'lost' samples?

This reminds me of a drugs ed class in high school where the teacher passed two sample joints around the class, but when they were returned he suddenly had three. :)

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PS: I'm pretty sure there's a QDB quote much like this...ah there it is.
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Postby Zorotama » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:05 pm

I wonder how much times I did posts in this forum.
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Postby xander » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:55 am

Cooper42 wrote:
xander wrote:
Cooper42 wrote:Next time I teach statistics I'm going over to the maths department and borrowing the big jar of red and green marbles they use to teach students about P-values.

Not that i have seen that jar, heard of it or have any reason to believe it exists, other than I can think of no other way to explain the purpose of a p-value?

Where are you teaching statistics, and to what type of student? Also, most math and stats departments now use M&Ms, not marbles. Get the with the times, man!

xander
Geographers... But not physical geographers, human geographers (of which I am one) so it's a BA course...
We have one person in a class of 60 who has done maths post-16.

Surely the problem with M&Ms is 'lost' samples?

Nothing wrong with a BA. I have a BA. Granted, it is a BA in statistics, and the only difference between the BA that I have and the BS that I didn't get is that I only took one semester of computer science (rather than two), but still!

:P

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Re: Let's go.........RANDOM!

Postby authenticcoach » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:30 am

That's because it's spam!
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Postby Wasgood » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:27 am

That's pretty off topic right there.
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Postby microchip08 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:54 pm

Six pages to go (again)!
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Postby GreenRock » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:34 pm

We should stop this nonsense. Before it hits 1000.
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Postby zjoere » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:39 pm

GreenRock wrote:We should stop this nonsense. Before it hits 1000.


The nonsense has grown too big. It cannot be stopped.
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Postby jelco » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:11 pm

Yeah do we really need more pages...oh crap.

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