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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:35:44 -0400
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Yes, it's okay to use a launch pad that's built completely of LEGO, fits
completely in Base, and isn't being touched during a launch.

No, it's not okay for an adult to do any of the programming.  (See FLL
 Core Values). But a coach can point the team at resources, discuss the
concepts behind different techniques, and be a good mentor.

Don't worry too much about time.  Any timepiece is okay.

As noted, the core values judging is to observe your team.  All judging
rubrics look at the team along a spectrum of development.  Some teams are
beginners, and some teams are exemplars.  If you want useful feedback, your
team should act like themselves, the same way that they worked during the
season. Each team has its own personality, but we do want team embers to
act with Gracious Professionalism.

Steve Scherr
Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Monday, October 26, 2015, Cedric D'Costa <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Few clarifications needed regarding the rules for Robot game and Core
> value activity-
> 1. Robot game: Are the kids allowed to have "launch pad" made from Legos
> at the
> base from where the robot would start the mission. This was built so that
> the Robot
> starts in exactly the same position.
>
> How do other teams deal with the "starting position" issue?
>
> 2. Robot game: The kids are finding it hard to understand the programming
> required for making the Robot go straight or make turns using Gyro or
> Propotional line.
> Is it okay for a coach to provide them with Starigh line and turn MyBlocks
> to program their missions.
>
> 3. Core value activity: Are the kids allowed to carry a smartphone to
> clock the time
> or do they need to bring a watch.
>
> 4: Core value activity: Is it okay for the kids to split into 2 groups to
> solve a problem and try different approaches, selecting what works in the
> end or do they need to always be working together. I have 4th and 6th
> graders and it's a challenge to get them to work together.
>
> Thanks,
> Cedric D'Costa
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