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David Levy <[log in to unmask]>
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David Levy <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:24:18 -0400
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Thanks to all for this great discussion..  

Barry's direct feedback from the FLL Partner conference in SC adds much 
to the relatively small project description on the FLL site .  Still, I 
feel that we may need more clarification. 

It is also true that the focus this year should be to connect with 
another community somewhere in the world however I think that point may 
be orthogonal to the original question raised on this thread by Nick - 
which was:
" So the assumption made here is that climate change is already taking 
place and we need to find some solution to adopt it, rather than some 
ways to combat or change it. So the problems to be identified would be 
some damages caused by the climate (like drought or flood), not some 
thing that may cause climate changes."

If this assumption is true then indeed I agree with Nick dilemma.  It is 
perplexing that teams would not be allowed to come up with a solution to 
mitigate the effects of adverse climate by focusing on a possible cause 
of the problem.   I've got to think that there will be some flexibility 
here.   After all, last year the project description was pretty explicit 
about focusing on public buildings  in your municipality.  But at the 
end of the day, it was stated that focusing on power consumption in your 
home would be acceptable.

Maybe we need to escalate this issue like we did last year.

David Levy
Coach FLL Team 90  Super Nanobot Extremes

Gajanan Deshmukh wrote:
> Hello Will and Phill,
> Wonderful to see you both sharing your ideas. Keep doing it. Hopefully 
> I will see you both at Richmond this Saturday.
> All,
> Please re-read Phase 1 of the project "Research". There are two steps 
> (1) Research a CLIMATE related problem how it affects your own 
> community (ex. School), analyze and solutions then (2) CONNECT with 
> another community (probably School) somewhere in the World with the 
> same issue and IDENTIFY any solutions they are working on.  Relate 
> this two community solutions and share.
> It would be wonderful experience for all teams to reach out outside 
> USA and research in this topic and find solutions (Innovative part 
> could be as simple as small Skit) and share within your won community 
> (ex:  School).  I believe this are ethos of this years Challenge 
> "Climate Connection", rather then pondering on "Global Warming".  It 
> will be wonderful to see how this youngsters come up with their 
> solutions. Encourage your members solutions they work on would be a 
> wonderful educational journey.
> Desh Deshmukh
> Rookie Team 4115
> Girls in Robotics (GiRo's)
> Former Coach NXTRocks
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Barry Wilbanks <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 10:41:53 PM
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Project Dilemma
> The point regarding the challenge specifically NOT about global 
> warming or climate change was made by FLL officials when the challenge 
> was "unveiled" to the partners.  The statement was made in order to 
> head off the exact discussions that are occuring now.
> I tried to be clear earlier with the "NOT" part of the statement in my 
> email but was apparently unsuccessful.
> Using a broad analogy, doing the global warming thing this year would 
> be similar to doing a presentation about the Universe during the 
> Mission to Mars challenge.  Interesting perhaps, but not on topic and 
> therefore subject to markdown from a judging perspective.
> I have every faith that teams who read what is there will be able to 
> figure this out and produce remarkable results if they really focus.
> After all, it's called a Challenge, not a gimme...  : >
> Regards,
> Barry

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