During the activity challenges teams will tackle the challenges without teacher or parent involvement. Verbal and written directions given to the teams become very important.
Students shouts of "We did it" are said with pride for their accomplishments and parents are impressed by the abilities of their children.
Each HOPS Event we have found does their funding differently.
Teachers can enjoy watching their teams work with each other and the creative challenging HOPS activities. Optional Pre and Post Discussion guides are available from the School Coordinator if so desired.
Teachers will also be involved with approving the team combinations of students and their team name. They may also be involved with helping the School Coordinator with the Permission Slips as usual for a field trip.
We have found that TEAM SPIRIT by the teams has really developed! This has been great and part of the whole event as students are only referred to by their Team Name! Students create their own team name as the first step in using team building skills! From there they have showed up carrying team banners, wearing artistic styled team name tags, T-shirts, face painting and some even costumes! Super HOPS Heroes - Flying Frogs (complete with wings) there have been many. Some teams just wear all the same color or have little chants & cheers just for their teams. Some schools Teachers set the event mood by dressing ups with frog aprons and green wigs It has been very interesting and fun FOR ALL!
A HOPS Event can not happen without them! Volunteers are needed to score the teams as they complete their challenges.
Volunteer training is 45 minutes before the event. Volunteers are trained for the station they will be working during the HOPS session. Volunteers will have clipboards with sample directions sheets and all info needed to score the teams. Team score sheets for each event are handed in to the head table before teams rotate to the next challenge. Volunteers will usually score 4 teams during the event.
Here are some of the responses we have received after a HOPS Event from Administrators, Volunteers, Teachers, Parents and Students:
The hardest part as a Volunteer was to not to give hints & help them!
These remarks have conveyed a sense of accomplishment & pride & let us know HOPS Hands on Problem Solving has hit its mark!
This is our main contact! The HOPS Presenter works closely with the schools School Coordinator to secure info for the event.
HOPS HANDS ON PROBLEM SOLVING
IN SCHOOL FIELD TRIP
I wonder what you are bringing next time!
Most of our presentations are to schools and students from 1st - 8th grades. Hops Events can also be used by businesses, organizations and faculty groups as a team building/leadership activity,
Hops has presented to schools for whole grade groups, STEM, Alpha and Gifted Students and grade level combinations. Usually a session will consist of 1st - 2nd or 3-5th or 6th -8th grades. We have a combination style for your needs. Just ask!
Have a small number of STEM or Gifted students? No Worries! CLUSTER SITE EVENTS can possibly be formed by having neighboring schools attend.
Please see our "Host a HOPS Event" tab for more info!
1st & 2nd Grades - We call these grades our "Tadpoles". We try to keep these students together. Sometimes 1st - 3rd grade even sessions are held. With this level the Volunteers will ONLY read the directions at the table when the team arrives. We are amazed as these teams usually have scores right up with the higher grades!
Students arrive with their teams for the event. There is an introduction & Pre-event talk followed by distributing team folders to the teams for the activity challenges.
The HOPS Presenter does all the timing and rotating of the teams. Teams will have time to read their instructions for the challenge then 10 minutes for the activity challenges. The goal is to get as many points for the event as possible, not finish the challenge and be bored. Bonus points are often included.
When time is called score sheets are turned into the head table, the activity is reset by the Volunteer & then teams are rotated to the next challenge.
After the rotation of all the challenges is completed there is an Awards Ceremony for the top scores for EACH activity. The top 3 overall scores for the whole event are announced and then personalized HOPS Certificates for each student along with Froggy Treats are given.
Sportsmanship and stress are addressed during the event. Time management, setting activity goals and working with a team become key factors during the event.
Thoughtfully designed, our unique HOPS Program encourages students to experience the excitement of team creative thinking & the thrill of resolving problems with creative solutions. With restraints on time, materials, and directive, students teams are compelled to use higher levels of desired thinking skills. Focus, solutions, and teamwork ideas bloom along with the excitement of HOPS!