Coach Mike shared a pretty cool story with us about a simple innovation on his team:
“Pretty good” design can get in the way of innovation. For our FIRST® LEGO® League team Avian Allies (24879) that was sometimes the case. We didn’t want to take apart or change already working attachments. Until recently when one of our team members had a simple, but inspired idea. He said, “I wish there was an undo button for robot/attachment design.”
I asked the team how we might create an “undo button.” They suggested taking photos at each stage of deconstruction and development. Now there is nothing earth shattering about the idea of taking photos of the team’s designs. However, branding the process as an UNDO button encourage them to actually do it consistently. It has helped to spawn more innovation and risk taking on our team. They discovered that naming something matters and that sometimes innovation in right in front of you.
They discovered that naming something matters and that sometimes innovation in right in front of you.
Although the Avian Allies’ innovation focused on their Robot Design, they were equally enthused about their Project, which tackled the no. 1 killer of birds: crashing into window glass. Careful to stick to a problem close to their own home and hearts, they concentrate on the problems presented by the Minnesota Vikings’ football stadium, and shared their bird-safe glass treatment innovation with the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority Board. “It was a thrill for the kids to be at the stadium presenting their results to the actual decision makers who can make Viking stadium bird-safe,” said Coach Mike.
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