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In my experience, organizing Legos lasts about two to three weeks into the
season. Every year we talked about this would be the year we keep things
organized.  😆
On Aug 19, 2014 10:59 AM, "Fredrik Nyman" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Harbor Freight has quite a few products that are great for this!
>
>
> http://www.harborfreight.com/toolbox-organizer-with-4-drawers-68238-8143.html
>
> http://www.harborfreight.com/24-compartment-large-storage-container-61881.html
> http://www.harborfreight.com/abs-storage-organizer-95807.html
> http://www.harborfreight.com/20-piece-poly-bins-and-rails-41949.html
> http://www.harborfreight.com/15-bin-storage-rack-93198.html
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM, Peggy Morgan <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> Greetings!
>> Let's keep the sharing going . . .
>>
>> What are your ideas for storage, organization and easy access of LEGO
>> pieces?
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Peggy Morgan
>> *314-479-1949 <314-479-1949>*
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM, Penny Moss <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions!
>>>
>>> -Penny
>>>
>>> On Aug 14, 2014, at 9:56 AM, Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Either works.
>>>
>>> Last year I printed the instructions and had each kid build their own
>>> model.  With 10 kids, that worked out perfectly.
>>> Building the models ate up the first week (2 practice sessions @ 2
>>> hours) though.
>>>
>>> We were doing FLL at a school, so we had to set up the field before each
>>> practice session, then tear down after.
>>>
>>> We kept each model (and the printout with the instructions) in its own
>>> 6qt storage box ($1 from Home Depot).  Throughout the season each kid was
>>> responsible for their own model, setting it up on the field before
>>> practice, then putting it away after.
>>>
>>> This year I have 3 teams, and the teams meet once a week, so I'm going
>>> to have a build party before school starts to put everything together.
>>>  With only 10 weeks from school start until the qualifiers, I want the kids
>>> to spend their team practice time on the project and on the robot game, not
>>> on assembling models.
>>>
>>> Also last year, I printed out the rules and a full-page picture of the
>>> play field and gave each kid a copy.  My thinking was that the kids would
>>> take them home, read it, and think about strategies for solving the robot
>>> game.  The didn't.  Instead the kids did all their work during team
>>> practice, which makes me all the more mindful about the team using their
>>> practice time wisely.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM, Penny Moss <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> As a rookie coach, I have a silly question. Do most people print out
>>>> the building instructions or do you work off looking directly at the
>>>> computer. Printing would be hundreds of pages!!!
>>>>
>>>> -Penny
>>>>
>>>> On Jul 31, 2014, at 10:39 PM, VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> FLL Coaches and Teams,
>>>>   The World Class mission model build instructions will be posted
>>>> tomorrow, Friday, August 1, at 12 noon Virginia-DC time.  They will be on
>>>> the web at
>>>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/missionmodelbuildinginstructions
>>>>
>>>>   Even if you don't have your field kit yet, you can still take a look
>>>> at the model pictures and guess what your robot's tasks might be.  We won't
>>>> know for sure until August 26th, so let your team's imagination really run
>>>> free.
>>>>
>>>>    Lots of teams like to get together during August or after they form
>>>> in September to have a "build party".  Team members can get familiar with
>>>> uses for different types of LEGO pieces and have the mission models ready
>>>> to go.
>>>>
>>>>   For rookie coaches, and others who'd like to get more comfortable
>>>> with FLL, keep an eye on the FLL Coach Calls that will be listed at
>>>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/teamresources  (plus, you can
>>>> start by listening to some of the recordings from last year--the basics of
>>>> mentoring a team apply every year--only the specifics of the robot game and
>>>> the project challenge should change.)  There is a lot of good material
>>>> linked from the Coach/Team Resources page, so try to check there multiple
>>>> times during the season for help.
>>>>
>>>> From the FLL Challenge website, you'll be able to link to FAQs about
>>>> this year's project:
>>>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/projectupdates
>>>>
>>>> to the Robot Game updates:
>>>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/robotgameupdates
>>>>
>>>> and to the official rules about tournament judging and awards, plus
>>>> advancement:
>>>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/event/judging
>>>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/event/judgingfaq
>>>>
>>>> Just remember our FLL Core Values (
>>>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/mission/corevalues):
>>>>
>>>>   We have FUN!
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Steve Scherr
>>>> Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor
>>>>
>>>>
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