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Hi Everyone,

We are so inspired by the "LEGO moment" from a parent of team Brainstormz
that we want to expand the tour to allow one parent per team member to
accompany their kid on the tour.  So if a team has five members, five
parents are allowed to come with their kids, etc.  

 

Sharing the tour with friends is one thing, having family member there with
the kids just make it much better.  Beside, we need "historians" to document
these moments for their team members like in the story "Solving problems,
having fun with Legos", by Ben Werner, Virginian-Pilot correspondent (See it
online here
<http://hamptonroads.com/2014/12/solving-problems-having-fun-legos> ).  

 

This is a good example of sharing your FLL experience that would qualify a
team for this special drawing.

 

 

Best wishes,

Curt

 

From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Curt Tran
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 12:54 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] White House Tour

 

Okay, the announcement was not timely to allow teams to participate in the
Food Drive at Harrisonburg.  As such, we are extending the opportunity to
all those teams that attended the State tournament to enter the drawing for
the tour if they will accept the following challenge and send me an e-mail
of their plan.

 

The 1,000 Challenge:

Select a local food bank in your community.  Select a date in the near
future (Jan, Feb, Mar).  Decide on the format of how to share your team
experiences (project, robot games, etc.) in your local community.  Include a
plan for collecting canned food.  Share your FLL experiences and deliver the
collected canned food to the local food bank.  Finally, share your success
story here on the list server!

 

Nick has shared with us the success of VADCFLL in that JMU has started with
only 234 teams in the 2007 season and has now grown to 650 teams this year.
Our goal is to reach 1,000 teams.  If the teams attended the State
tournament can simply inspire about 3-4 teams each, we can easily achieve
this goal!

 

 

Best wishes,

Curt

 

From: Curt Tran [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 2:46 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: RE: Canned Food Drive for Harrisonburg -- at the State Tournament

 

Wait, who said that this FLL season is over!  Coincidently, Nick and I, we
both got involved in FLL during the 2007 season, and it still has not ended.
FLL seasons just keep going on-and-on until you decided that it's over.

 

Good news!  Coach Katarina has agreed to select one of the team that
participated in the food/coat drive for a tour of the most famous House in
the world!  The selected team with their registered coaches/mentors will
attend a tour with Coach Katarina on a future TBD date.  So if your team
donated food/coat at the Harrisonburg State Tournament, please e-mail me
your team name, team number, and number of members plus the number of
adults.  Coach Katarina will select one at random for this tour!

 

Yes, in honor of the Falls Church regional tournaments that started the Food
Drive tradition, those teams that donated canned food at the Falls Church
tournaments can also submit their information for this drawing!!!

 

If you don't know about the Kilmer Teams' famous tour, check out Coach
Katarina's introduction video at
http://www.scitobor.com/CoachCamtasia/Katarina.html.  In addition, if you
weren't able to attend the State tournament at JMU, you can watch the video
of Congressman Goodlatte honoring this year FLL with the presentation of the
two Champion Awards at
http://www.scitobor.com/JMU_VADCFLL_2014Awards/JMU_VADCFLL_2014Awards.html.
(Sorry, the video does not work on iPhone since it doesn't support Adobe
Flash!)

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Curt

 

Give and ye shall receive!

 

From: Curt Tran [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2014 1:39 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Canned Food Drive for Harrisonburg -- at the State Tournament
Importance: High

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Last month at the Falls Church regional tournaments, we started a tradition
of collecting canned foods for the local community in honor of this year
"FLL World Class Learning Unleased" theme and the team "Rabid Llama Lords"
that back in 2008 won the heart of the White House for their volunteering to
teach Robotics to other elementary students at their school!  I just want to
report back that all the foods collected was donated to the local food bank
at the Columbia Church just in time for Thanksgiving sharing.  They send
their warmest thank you to all the teams that have donated the foods and
best regards to everyone at FLL.

 

One of the things that we want to teach our kids this season is about "Take
and Give" and better yet "Give, and it shall be given unto you".  Our FLL
kids are so fortunate that they have caring coaches and parents that
supporting them in their STEM education.  We want them to know that there
are a lot of less fortunate kids out there that they should not only share
their FLL experiences but also in giving to those hungry and cold during
this Holiday season.

 

So for this year State tournament (maybe even during all our future regional
tournaments) and in the spirit of the Holidays, we ask that teams bring at
least one canned food per team member to help out those in our area who need
it the most!  We are working with a few JMU students and their organizations
to collect and deliver these canned foods to the local food bank in
Harrisonburg.

 

It's about understanding FLL World Class Learning and teaching our kids on
"giving back to the local community" plus leaving some goodwill behind after
our State tournament is over!  So bring some canned food and/or some old
coats for the local Key Club!

 

P.S. I'm attaching the Rabid Llama Lords' Take and Give experiences and also
working with Coach Katarina to see if she is willing to pick one of the team
participating in the food/coat drive to take them on a tour of the House!

 

 

Best wishes and Go Orion!

 

T. (Curt) Tran

Judge Advisor, MEH Falls Church Regional '13, '14

Judge Advisor, GMU Regional '11, '12 & '13

Judge Advisor, TJHSST Regional '09

Mentor Team #5390, Kilmer-I '09

Mentor Team #8941, Kilmer-II '09

Coach Team #324, Scitobor '08

Coach Team #3563, Rabid Llama Lords '07

 

-----Original Message-----
From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Swayne, Nick - swaynedd
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 10:50 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Key-Club effort at Harrisonburg High School

 

Coaches,

 

The Harrisonburg High School Key Club asked me to send a note to all the
teams coming to the state tournament.

 

They are hosting a coat drive to try to make sure as many kids as possible
have a warm coat this winter.  This is a big problem in Harrisonburg as we
have a significant refugee population.

 

If you have extra coats or jackets in good shape, please consider bringing
them to the high school on Sunday and donating them to the Key Club.
They'll make sure they get to a good home.

 

thanks,

 

see you soon.

 

Nick

 

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