The judging is conducted on a trap door; at 5:01, the door opens and the
team falls into the pit, which is filled with puppies.
No, seriously, the "five minutes" is a bit fluid. If they're clearly about
done, I'd expect the judges to let them go. It might also help if the team
(NOT the coach!) warned them that in their run-throughs, it was sometimes a
bit longer. However, please do note that the five minutes technically starts
when they walk into the room-so if it's really five-plus, it could easily
approach six minutes if there's any prep, milling about, etc. And the judges
may interrupt to ask if they're almost done, which could throw them off.
If 'twere me, I'd ask the team what they might do about it: is there
anything they can cut? Is there any part that can be saved for a likely
"spontaneous" answer to a judge's question? This is part of the problem
solving they need to do! If someone is particularly good at remembering,
make them the official prompter, too.
Phil Smith III
Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)
Team 1900 (2002)
Team 2497 (2003)
Team 2355 (2004)
Team 1945 (2005)
From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gina Willett
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 5:52 PM
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Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Project Question - length of presentation
My team's project presentation could be 5 minutes if the group read their
script directly. However, they have been working really hard to memorize
it. I commend them for their efforts, however now when we attempt it, it is
over the 5 minute mark...because of a lot of pauses/lack of certainty, etc.
So, my question is: what happens at the 5 minute mark? Do they ring a bell,
force you to stop, or what? Do they take away points?
In a way, to me it is a higher priority that they feel comfortable and have
their lines memorizes....but is it worth it if they go over the 5 minute
Thanks for your input.
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