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Mind Foundry Online Coach Guide

Mind Foundry’s Players (students) are grouped into Clubs. Club members work together alongside their coaches, teachers, and mentors to earn points that can be redeemed for rewards and recognition. Players and coaches complete challenges by submitting artifacts through the Mind Foundry Online Portal. There are two main types of challenges:

  • Club Challenge: Difficult challenges your whole class will have to work together to accomplish.
  • Solo Challenge: A solo challenge is completed independently by a player. Students can submit their solo challenges by making an account on mindfoundry.online.

Mind Foundry provides challenge series lesson plans to help you complete the challenges alongside your class. Click here for the first challenge series lesson guide.

League Events

League Events take place online on the Mind Foundry Twitch Channel. Students can signup for tournaments or participants on each of the following league pages. These are also found in the top menu of the website.

Coaching Support: For teachers and coaches only. Weekly Coach Meeting on Mondays @ 5pm Central in the staff channel in discord. Find help there any time.

Challenge Series Lesson Plans

  1. Club Origins. Challenge series one is about building your kids and clubs up into the powerful and talented group you are destined to be. In this challenge series your students will create their own super heroes, showing them off online and creating a class comic book. You can make your own editable edition of the program guide by clicking here.

“Which program should I use?”

With so many digital creation platforms, there are no standard programs anymore. This will be a journey of discovery for Mind Foundry coaches as well as students.

When working on a challenge, the right program will be the program that supports the student voice and empowers them to continue even after the challenge is complete. Let them make decisions for themselves, and guide them in how they want to complete their challenge.

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Week 4 Coach Guide

Challenge Series 1

4A
During the session – Review comic book together Decide on final touches
Before the next session – make a cover, description, and any remaining pages or changes
4B
During the session – Celebrate your comic together and submit it together
Before the next session – Give micropolis or another city builder a try
OutlineLesson 4A
Connect
(5)
What was one of your glows this weekend?
Coach Review
Think
(10-15)
Weekly Goal: Finish our club comic book
Review Weekly MF Events
Review next series
Let’s read through our comic book together.
Our draft looks like it’s done!
What does it need to feel like a comic book?
– Cover, description/synopsis
Editing
Act
(30-35)
Try to remake your hero in another digital art program
OR
Work on a challenge of your choice
Have two students share their screen and work
High five each other, we’re almost done!
OutlineLesson 4B
Connect
(5)
What is the best new skill your learned this month?
Coach Review
Think
(10-15)
Final series lesson goal
Review Weekly MF Events
Let’s read our comic and submit it
Is it done?
Celebrate the work we did – great job!!!
Group Tactics: celebrate yourself and clubmates when you work together
Act
(30-35)
Work on the challenge of your choice
Wrap up the first series together with a short team cheer to end the lesson
Give Micropolis or another city builder a try
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Week 3 Coach Guide

Challenge Series 1

3A
During the session – Assess our draft and decide on next steps
Before the next session – Make your pages and post them in the slides document
3B
During the session – Discuss the new pages + Develop conclusion
Before the next session – Finish the remaining pages and assemble the first draft in the slideshow
utlineLesson 3A
Connect
(5)
Who is your real-life hero? Why are they special?
Coach Review
Think
(10-15)
Weekly Goal: Have a
Review Weekly MF Events
What is a villain? How are villains made?

Brainstorm Discussion
What villain does our comic book have?
How did they become a villain? What problem does he cause?
Storyboarding
Villain rising/causing problems
Act
(30-35)
Find volunteers to work as a small group
– Develop opening pages when villain arises/causes problems
OR
Work on your hero origin comic book page

Show T Example
Have two students share their screen and work
Polish your page(s) and add them to the Google Slides template
Upload your avatar to the website if you haven’t yet
OutlineLesson 3B
Connect
(5)
Share your comic book page of your hero’s origin and use emoticons to encourage your clubmates
Class expectations?
Think
(10-15)
Today’s Goal: Plan the first full draft of our comic book
Review Weekly MF Events
Let’s read our story together.
What did you think? What do we need to complete the comic book?

Class Comic File
How does our superhero league solve the problem?
– What pages do we need to make to complete the book?
Storyboarding 2
Heroes assembling/solving problems
Act
(30-35)
Find volunteers to work as a small group
– Develop closing pages when heroes assemble/solve problems
OR
Refine your comic book page(s)

Show T Example
Have 1-2 students share their screen and work
Finish the pages we’ve agreed to and complete our draft
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Week 2 Coach Guide

Challenge Series 1

2A
During the session – Share your page by adding it to group slide? + story writing 2
Before the next session – Add hero origin slides to story.
2B
During the session – Organize the comic template + finishing the story
Before the next session – Finish the pages that will complete the first draft of our comic book
OutlineLesson 2A
Connect
(5)
Who is your favorite villain and why?
Coach Review: Team Spirit
Think
(10-15)
Weekly Goal: Bring our superhero origins together into a comic book
Review Weekly MF Events
What is a villain? How are villains made?

Brainstorm Discussion
What villain does our comic book have?
How did they become a villain? What problem does he cause?
Storyboarding
Villain rising/causing problems
Act
(30-35)
Find volunteers to work as a small group
– Develop opening pages when villain arises/causes problems
OR
Work on your hero origin comic book page

Show T Example
Have two students share their screen and work
Polish your page(s) and add them to the Google Slides template
OutlineLesson 2B
Connect
(5)
Share your comic book page of your hero’s origin and use emoticons to encourage your clubmates
Coach Review: Team Spirit
Think
(10-15)
Today’s Goal: Plan the first full draft of our comic book
Review Weekly MF Events
Let’s read our story together.
What did you think? What do we need to complete the comic book?

Class Comic File
How does our superhero league solve the problem?
– What pages do we need to make to complete the book?
Storyboarding 2
Heroes assembling/solving problems
Act
(30-35)
Find volunteers to work as a small group
– Develop closing pages when heroes assemble/solve problems
OR
Refine your comic book page(s)

Show T Example
Have 1-2 students share their screen and work
Finish the pages we’ve agreed to and complete our draft
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Week 1 Coach Guide

Origin Stories

The first challenge series is focused on encouraging our students to tell their story.


During the session – Ideate hero profile, try an art method, story ideas
Before the next session – Get your kids to do a hero profile

OutlineLesson 1A
Connect
(5)
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Brainstorm: Think back to your best group experience
– What makes a great group experience great?

Monthly Goal: Publish a comic book together
Review Weekly MF Events
Think
(10-15)
What is a hero? What do we need to make a hero?

Group Discussion

Submitting an artifact
Act
(30-40)
Make a hero in paint.net
– powers
– weaknesses
– 2-line origin

Show T comic book

Make a hero for use in our comic book and bring it to next meeting
1B
During the session – Share profiles/feedback + Demo comic book page
Before the next session – Get your kids to make a comic book page
OutlineLesson 1B
Connect
(5)
Share your new hero and use emoticons to encourage your clubmates
Coach Review: Team Spirit
Review Weekly MF Events
Think
(10-15)
What do we need to write a story?
What does a story have?

Story Outline Discussion
What is your comic book page story?
– What problem does your hero have?
– How might your hero solve their problem?
Make a comic book panel/page
– origin of your hero
Act
(30-40)
Making a comic book page with layers
Have 1-2 students share their screen and work
Make a full comic page about the origin of your superhero
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Mind Foundry Online Coach Guide

Mind Foundry’s Players (students) are grouped into Clubs. Club members work together alongside their coaches, teachers, and mentors to earn points that can be redeemed for rewards and recognition. Players and coaches complete challenges by submitting artifacts through the Mind Foundry Online Portal.

Types of Challenge

Club Challenge: Themed challenges that get released once a month. Coaches will have to work hard to motivate and organize their clubs, instilling leadership, creativity, and problem solving. Club Challenge Artifacts can only be submitted by a coach. See a list of this year’s proposed club challenge themes here.

Member Challenge: Themed solo challenges submitted by individual players.

Solo Challenge: A solo challenge is completed independently by a player.

eSports Challenge: A special type of challenge that is only awarded by an eSports coach. This challenge could correspond to league or tournament wins, or other kinds of eSports accomplishments.

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Platforms

Getting Started: Working Together

Getting Started: E-Sports

“Which program should I use?”

With so many digital creation platforms, there are no standard programs anymore. This will be a journey of discovery for Mind Foundry coaches as well as students.

When working on a challenge, the right program will be the program that supports the student voice and empowers them to continue even after the challenge is complete. Let them make decisions for themselves, and guide them in how they want to complete their challenge.

Coach Resources

Weekly Coach Meeting on Mondays @ 5pm Central in the staff channel in discord. Find help there any time.

Club Lesson Plans

Challenge series one is about building your kids and clubs up into the powerful and talented group you are destined to be. Creating a comic book with students in just one month? Yeah – it’s a high bar! Let’s march fearlessly to results and do our best! Consider the basic flow of month:

Challenge Series 1