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Tips for Success as a Teacher/Coach

  • A successful teacher/coach does NOT need to have experience with engineering and robotics
  • Encourage students to learn about applicable science and engineering concepts with the aid of Idaho TECH Activities and/or other learning sources
  • Help team access resources (online learning sources, order additional parts, etc.)
  • Present guiding questions as students go through the engineering design process
  • Ensure that design guidelines are followed
  • Aid in the overall organization of the team
  • Do NOT directly assist in construction of the Mars Rover
  • OBSERVE and support at the Engineering Design Competition


Recommended Schedule of Tasks

According to the 2014 survey, teams met anywhere from 2 to 4 times a week and spent a total of 2 – 6 hours per week on Idaho TECH. Teachers/Coaches reported spending anywhere from 20 – 60 hours total in addition to team meeting times. You can expect to spend more time as it gets closer to the EDCs in April. The following is a rough, tentative outline of tasks which will need to be customized for your individual teams 

October – April
    Teachers/Coaches gauge interest and put together teams with parent and community support
    Teachers/Coaches assess need for fundraising to attend EDC 
    Teams learn about Team Building and Space Exploration with Idaho TECH Activities 

    Teams Inventory LEGO® kits
    Teacher/coach orders additional parts asap
    Teams explore LEGO® Kits and pneumatics with Building Cards included in the kits 

January - April
    Teams Develop Timeline
    Teams Create Budgets
    Teams learn and apply the Engineering Design Process
    Teams keep Lab Notebook throughout entire process 

March – April
    Teams finalize and test Mars Rover design
    Teams create poster and presentation for EDC 

April – May
    Teams attend Engineering Design Competition in Pocatello, Twin Falls, or Moscow
    Teams Inventory LEGO® Kits and teacher/coach returns kits to ISGC


Ask Questions

As a teacher, coach, parent, or community member you are not alone! Please reach out to us for support through the Idaho TECH process. As with anything worthwhile, the Idaho TECH Mars Rover can be challenging!

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