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Just goes to show you that every team is different and has different experiences. My team has had great success with the gyro sensor. Does not affect the speed of our robot and makes nice precise turns in tight spaces. The kids have not been very successful with the color sensor. They feel it is more trouble than it's worth. Like I said, different experiences for different teams.

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-Nancy Nguyen

> On Oct 28, 2014, at 1:03 PM, MARVIN HOM <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Try scrimmaging against a team that uses sensors. The improvement with sensors vs no sensors will be obvious.
> 
> ..but don't use the gyro. It can be made to work reliably but it's performance will be agonizingly slow.
> 
> -Regards,
> Marvin Hom
> Coach
> Falls Church, VA
> 
>> On Oct 28, 2014, at 12:51 PM, Betsy T. Wilco <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Honestly, I want my kids to learn to use sensors, but before tournament I am very "hands-off" with any building or programming. I ask them questions, I cheer them on, but all decisions are made by the kids. So my opinion is that if they don't want to use sensors, they should be alloewed to make that decision.  Possibly they just aren't ready. But in any case, they will learn a ton from participating at all. They will see other teams using different methods at tournament and want to try some of them when they come back. And, next year the experienced kids may encourage the newbies to new heights. Or not. But it is their work, their bot, their strategy that counts. Just one opinion!
>> Betsy T Wilco
>> Gifted Resource Teacher
>> Prince William County Schools
>> 703.754.9061
>> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:47 PM
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>> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Between runs
>>  
>> I haven't been an FLL coach, but you might try the blindfolded instructions approach:
>> 
>> Go forward 4 steps.  Turn right.  Move forward until you hit the wall.  Turn left.  Go three steps.  Line yourself up with the table.  etc...
>> 
>> It's fun for team building, too!
>> 
>> Steve
>> 
>>> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM, Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Somewhat off-topic, but:
>>> 
>>> I'm having a hard time getting my kids to use sensors.  Since the sensors (color and gyro in particular) are pretty finicky, the kids think that there isn't much of an advantage of using them compared to doing navigation in terms of motor rotations.  
>>> 
>>> How is everyone else doing?  Have you found a way to convince the kids that the sensors are worthwhile?
>> 
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