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Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:23:41 -0500
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Naren,
  here are my thoughts on your question.

  There are definitely things that we expect team members to carry over
from one season to the next--knowledge and enthusiasm.  That's part of our
Core Values.

  What are the Core Values?  The members form a team.  The team does the
work.  Everybody learns. We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
Discovering new things is key.  We share what we learn.

  It's fairly common for teams that use MyBlocks (or the equivalent) in
their programming to adapt those from year to year.  As a design judge, I'm
always interested to hear how teams have built on previous knowledge.  It's
always been clear whether the team members did the work and actually
understand what's going on in the programming.  That's much better for the
team,  in terms of discovery as well as in being eligible to win awards.

  Not everyone on a team has the same role or does exactly the same
things.  So some members may have had experiences over the summer before
the team was fully formed for this season.  That can be okay.

  I would not reuse most materials from previous seasons.  When I judge,
I'm not interested in what some team members did a year or more ago--I care
about what they've discovered this year as a team in preparing for and
working the Nature's Fury Challenge, about solving technical challenges,
about a new area of research, and about themselves and how they operate as
a team.


  That focus is key to the Core Values and the objectives of FLL for me.

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor


On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM, Naren Botlaguduru <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> I have a generic question about Team's Programs and Work form season to
> season.
>
> Is it OK with in the FLL guidelines to transfer/refer to last years
> Programs/Props/Research to complete this years FLL. Are there any
> restrictions of what you can transfer from last year TEAM to this year TEAM.
>
> Again, this is for reference and educational purpose of new team members.
>
> How can this be addressed if the coaches are different and there are
> couple of last year team members and some new team members in this season.
>
> In Short does it violate any FLL core values.
>
> --
>
> Thx
> Naren
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