Sunday, January 22, 2006

Carnota Progress
I am very pleased with how things are going with our buddies in Carnota, Spain. Everytime I go to Xose's Corner there are new pictures showing his half of our team building robots and solving missions very quickly. On our side of the Atlantic, my half of the team some students are busy refining their techniques for the missions while others are finishing up the research project and deciding how to present their efforts.

Sunday, January 29, 2006, is our tournament. We will be ready to give our best efforts.

I can tell you that getting everything together, planning, planning, packing, traveling, and training in Carnota has made me and my students raise our own standards. Once we realized many more people out of our own classroom would be scrutinizing every little thing we were doing, we really wanted to do everything right. That made us prepare and execute with a little more pep in our step. My students worked very hard to get their robots as good as they could get them and the research questions were drawn up carefully as well. There is enthusiasm and sincerity in every ounce of my team's efforts.

Also, without Mr. John Daly holding down the US side of the team while I was gone, we would not be enjoying this project at all. He has endured the "Mr. Wright's Crash Course Tecnique" of learning. We never have enough time and he has taken on more and more with the team.

Real learning is taking place in a real world situation- I could not be happier with the results.


MariTe said...

Dear Mr. Wright:

Just finished seeing your page and was surprised. How did you ever come across our little town? Was it because of the oil spill? Had you been there before? I would be interested in knowing what other projects you have in mind and if you plan to be in Carnota anytime soon. I have a large family there and many of my cousins have smaller children and I think it would be neat for them to see these things as well and given them insight into other "thing's." It would be a treat to hear from you.

Sincerely MariTe

Fred Wright said...

My wife and her family are from o Viso and Caldebarcos. We go nearly every summer to visit.

When the theme of this competition was announced it made perfect sense to collaborate with a school in Carnota, so we did!

Check the link for Xose Calvo, the principle of the school in Carnota. He is visiting NY this summer to continue developing our schools' realtionship.

I agree, your children may be very interested in the robotics but also how to use technology to collaborate safely with other students around the world.