Technical director, coaches and scientific advisers walk together for a common project
Son las personas que guían a los equipos en su trabajo diario, en sus entrenamientos, y les marcan los verdaderos valores que les ayudarán a conseguir, con trabajo y sacrificio, las metas perseguidas en los proyectos planteados.
José Manuel González Sesma is the Director of the Aeronautics Engineering Division in the company. He set up the children’s group scarcely 2 years ago and, in this short space of time, the team has achieved a number of important goals. The key factors are the willingness and performance of the youngsters throughout their training; the readiness of the company to provide whatever it needs for its ‘junior team’; the dedication of the coach in his spare time after work; and the application of the philosophy of the company – under the direction of José Manuel - regarding its engineering work applied to robots: their robustness and reliability.
It’s important for the coach to spend time with each individual team member; to explain how each has contributed to the team, and remind each of their grand ideas, the problems they have solved, the way each has helped his team mates and the things they have learned during their training. This is the most important job of a coach. The coach should explain to the group how their achievements as a team are special, innovative or unique; and to specify the things they did that changed their way of thinking about these goals. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words, but it’s important that the team understands what the training has meant for the coach. Finally, the coach should congratulate himself. He has influenced the lives of these youngsters and has expanded their horizons. Congratulations to him on a job well done.
The coach has a decisive role to play in the success of the team; he has to promote teamwork and create a team spirit. He should also act as a mediator and observe what is happening within the group.
The basic mission of the coach is to accompany the process. He mustn’t take things too seriously; he has to enjoy the process of learning and smooth over any conflicts. Similarly, it’s essential to build trust and mutual respect to succeed in the different tasks proposed.
The important thing is to learn. The First Lego League can only be a truly valuable experience if the team members have a sense of achievement and are proud of finding their own solutions and of working together. Experiment with your team, and stress at all times that there is always more than one possible solution to a problem.
The main thing is that everything the team has discovered and learned through the FLL experience stays with them for life. The goal is for the coach to help youngsters enjoy constructing and to learn about real-life problems. Everyone who participates is a winner.
Joseba Guisasola, Edurne Murugarren, Guillermo Gómez y Joaquín Arellano han sido los entrenadores de Mechatronic Ants, Legotronic Beavers y Robotronic Bulls. Ellos han dedicado sus horas y sus conocimientos al enriquecimientos como personas de los miembros de los equipos y han aportado las respuestas a las dudas que se iban planteando. Para ellos también es ésta una aventura que viven con la mayor de las ilusiones.
Un profesor salesiano, dos ingenieros y un estudiante de ingeniería al frente de los tres equipos de la empresa en Navarra. Los entrenadores ayudan a que los equipos se conviertan en una entidad fuerte, robusta, capaz de tomar sus propias decisiones. Consiguen que cada miembro explote sus capacidades, tratando de obtener el máximo rendimiento.
En ocasiones los deportistas de élite suelen achacar sus malos resultados a la falta de motivación, “no me divierto en el campo”. La FLL no es diferente en este aspecto, el entrenador es pieza clave para conseguir que el equipo se divierta y disfrute aprendiendo , de lo contrario el escenario se desmorona, esta es posiblemente la función más compleja que debe acometer un entrenador de la FLL, es la que marca la diferencia entre un entrenador grande y un gran entrenador.
1) The participants always come first. FLL’s goal is to have fun. Everything my team does will begin and end with this principle.
2) The participants do the work. It is their opportunity to learn and to grow. Adults can help, but it is the youngsters themselves who do all programming, research, problem solving and construction.
3) My team has a maximum of 10 members (with these members participating in only one team), and it is registered as an official FLL team. Team members must be younger than 16 years on 31 December in the year the challenge is completed.
4) FLL will communicate with my team mainly by email, provided with the team registration. It is my responsibility to read and pass on any aspect of the FLL guidelines and rules to my team, the other coaches, volunteers and parents.
5) Encourage my team members, the other coaches, volunteers, parents and supporters of the team, to develop and implement the values of the FIRST LEGO League’s goals, in fostering a positive culture; inspiring others through the actions and achievements of our team.