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"Donna L. Cornwell" <[log in to unmask]>
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Donna L. Cornwell
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My team last year was disappointed in their performance at the 
tournament.   I offered them the option to continue meeting.  They 
wanted to continue so we met until March.  The kids were fired up with 
new ideas after the tournament and went through and solved more missions 
and re-did some that they had solved.  We wrapped up by volunteering to 
exhibit at the FRC tournament in Richmond.  Other ideas I had for a wrap 
up was to organize a demonstration along with other teams from our 
school, or exhibit at a school fair.

Donna Cornwell
Coach, FEPs



On 10/27/2010 8:55 AM, Shannell Baynard wrote:
> As a new FLL coach last year, I witnessed the students struggling with 
> the robot game due to joining in September and really having about 2 
> weeks to work on programming, 2 weeks on research, 2 on building the 
> table, and 2 wks attempting to build the robot with the proper 
> technique and mechanics for the entire game.
>
>          My 4th & 5th graders met three days a week after-school, (had 
> several join and then quit, several juggle sports, tutoring and some 
> that had parents that would take away their privileges due to report 
> cards) however we still managed to keep a small group eager to compete 
> because we often met during Saturday school.
>
>          I state all of this to say,  To be a new team and have to 
> compete in November is fairly difficult, especially when your area 
> holds over 30 teams in one competition. I would like to suggest that 
> there are other meets afterwards as well so that the students don't 
> feel disappointed about not ever competing again if they don't 
> qualify.  Are there any suggestions? I'm willing to hold another expo 
> at my campus in March or May.
>
> Shannell Baynard
> Friendship Southeast Robotics Coach
> Http://sesmartlab.info
>
>
>
> On Oct 27, 2010, at 8:33 AM, "Karen Berger" <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>> Actually, we're still discussing the final number of teams for 
>> the Championship Tournament so no number has been announced yet.  It 
>> will be between 84 and 100.
>> Each year we take a percentage of the teams in each division from 
>> each tournament.  Generally that is between 20% and 30%.  That means 
>> that if a tournament has a lot of teams in one of the divisions, more 
>> teams will qualify, than for a tournament with only a few teams in 
>> that division.  The final numbers will vary a little from tournament 
>> to tournament (we obviously can't take 0.5 of a team and at least one 
>> team in each division at each tournament will qualify).  Don't expect 
>> to find out how many teams will advance until the end of your 
>> tournament.  Most tournament directors will not release that info 
>> until that time.
>> Hope that helps,
>> Karen
>>
>>     -------- Original Message --------
>>     Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] How do you get to the State Competition?
>>     From: Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]
>>     <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>>     Date: Wed, October 27, 2010 8:26 am
>>     To: <[log in to unmask]
>>     <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
>>
>>     According to one of the state tournament referees there will be
>>     84 teams at state.
>>
>>
>>
>>     On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 2:58 AM, Heather Kemmerly
>>     <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>>
>>         I am a rookie coach, and my team asked me the other day, "What do
>>         we have to get at the Regional competition, in order to go to
>>         the State
>>         competition?"  I, of course, did not have an answer for them.
>>          If someone
>>         would be so kind as to let me know, I'd appreciate it.  I
>>         have expressed
>>         to my team that anything we accomplish will be a success and
>>         that I am
>>         very proud of our team no matter what.  We had a late start
>>         and everyone
>>         is new.  I think they are doing fantastic, but I can't blame
>>         them for wanting
>>         to know the answer to their question.  I'm glad they are
>>         thinking big.  No task
>>         is unachievable.  I admire thier enthusiasm.
>>
>>         Thanks,
>>
>>         Heather
>>         Team #4911 "Bionics"
>>
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