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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 5 Dec 2011 14:25:26 -0500
Gail Drake <[log in to unmask]>
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Another thought ??? 

That weekend is the last weekend of courses for the semester and the students that run the event are on campus, and it is before their final exams.  

I wonder what makes more sense, rescheduling the entire state of Virginia semester dates and final exams at state colleges to move the FLL event, making those students have a conflict with their final exams or TJ moving their exam date? 

Professor Drake
Battlefield High School 
Information Technology and Programming Faculty

ILITE Robotics Coach, FRC Team 1885, FTC, ZERO Robotics, Seaperch
US FIRST FLL Judge, Tournament Director
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From: 	Nagesh Chintada <[log in to unmask]>
To:	<[log in to unmask]>
Date: 	12/5/2011 2:03 PM
Subject: 	Re: [VADCFLL-L] Thank you!

You bring up a great question about TJ exams. Your team's situation
regarding TJ Exam is unfortunately not unique. There is a high correlation
between teams that compete in FLL and team members that want to go to TJ,
both strong in S.T.E.M.

My team members who will be in the 8th grade next year are already turned
off at the prospect of TJ exam coinciding with FLL Championships, and they
are not sure if they want to come back to FLL next year as a team due to
the extra pressure this scheduling conflict creates.This is a dilemma many
teams face and is not unique to one team, since I know some other kids who
had similar issues.

*I would like to request VADCFLL to consider moving the competition a week
after the TJ Exams are done. I am sure this will help more DivII teams show
up and compete more fully.*

If there are more parents interested in such a change, I could setup a
separate list for that discussion. Please send me an email directly
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list , to avoid spamming everyone else who may not be as interested in the

Thank you

On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 1:47 PM, Desh Deshmukh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Entire weekend was amazing, probably better atmosphere then the Nationals
> and seeing so many amazing displays. costumes and game performances under
> one roof. Congratulations to all and recording 207 score Team 3070, Vienna
> Robotics and to X-Bots for 201.
> While the kids were competing, there was another game (Scheduling) was
> played in the pit area to find next available time slot.  Every ten minutes
> 12 table slots would fill within a second.  Hopefully the Harrisonburg HS
> Key club volunteers in the Pita area do a small write-up.
> My team had good number of visitors drop in and asking questions to team
> and few wanted to know about our RFID (Radio Frequency Identification
> Device) sensor solution for keeping Milk Ud Safe -  from the farm to table.
> Few individuals wanted to know the design specifics, which I can
> communicate privately. We are extending the project research for the Global
> Innovation award keeping Milk Cartons in the School cafeteria and homes
> safe from spoilage. Team had fun creating a RAP Milikway musical and
> sharing solution with many Safety experts including the Shenandoah Pride
> Dairy Plant (supplier of  the Milk Cartons to the Schools in the Northern
> Virginia).
> Expect Unexpected.
> Few suggestions for the teams taking (TJ exam next year) and scheduling
> time session which may have caused my entire team to forfeit participatingas we didn't reach till 2.45 PM on Saturday. If I would not have known Nick
> personally and giving him a heads-up and his graciousness saved our
> weekend. First TJ entrance exam started late at various NOVA centers
> (crowding) and second traffic was backed up for miles due to a car in
> flames on I-66 before Front Royal. Few team members from my team barely
> made on time for our first judging session. Our situation was unique but
> a advise to communicate early with the tournament officials and plan.
> Start planning for 2012 challenge - "Senior Solutions"
> Good Luck
> Desh Deshmukh
> Coach
> BGiRO Milkiway
>   *From:* Nagesh Chintada <[log in to unmask]>
> *To:* [log in to unmask] 
> *Sent:* Monday, December 5, 2011 10:06 AM
> *Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] Thank you!
> Team X-BOTS would like to thank the VADCFLL Championship tournament
> organizers as well as the judges, referees and all the volunteers who put
> in a tremendous effort to make the VADCFLL Championships such an awesome
> event every year.
> Congratulations to all the teams who competed so hard while being such
> gracious professionals. FLL has been a great learning experience for us,
> and I hope it's the same for all of the teams that come to the tournament.
> It was great to see so many teams from our schools in Northern Virginia at
> Rocky Run and Greenbriar West participate and win. Thanks to the judges for
> recognizing the amazing score of 201 in Robot Performance from team X-BOTS.
> Hi fives to everyone
> --
> Nagesh Chintada
> Coach
> Team X-BOTS
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