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Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:30:37 -0400
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1. Yes.
2. Yes. Having a basis in reality, or at least analyzing it to the point of understanding what the advances need to be ("batteries with an energy density of x, whereas current technology only reaches y" or some such) would help if *I* were judging their research, but I won't be.
3. See Nick's note!

...phsiii

-----Original Message-----
From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Laura Dysart
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 1:34 PM
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Subject: [VADCFLL-L] A few new coach questions

1. Did I manage to send this to everyone on the listserve? I'm not  
sure I am posting correctly.

2. My team has decided to pick a challenge that feels fairly  
complicated to me.  The United States is their chosen community and  
they are very concerned about fuel efficiency and the environment.   
They have been focused on some alternative fuel sources, car design  
and power sources.  They have found a lot of interesting research on  
what already exists, and in my opinion have brought up two ideas that  
I think are innovative- but there is no way to prove they are  
possible. Every now and then a team member will say "that won't work"  
and I've been reminding them that all things that have been invented,  
we would have never imagined we would have today and started with  
imagination. Can the innovative part of their research be primarily  
imagination based?

3. I am feeling a little nervous as our team seems to be having  
trouble deciding on the basic robot design- I have tried to steer them  
towards focusing on a certain mission and what does the robot need to  
look like to complete that. I feel like this particular challenge has  
more obstacles than others I've seen- just to get access to missions-  
seems like it's harder for a simple first time team robot to work in  
these situations.

Our team is having fun- I'm just feeling the time ticking away-and I'm  
thinking they are going to start to feel some frustration if we don't  
get closer to accomplishing a mission,
Laura Dysart, Richmond, VA

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