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Barry Wilbanks <[log in to unmask]>
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I would suggest that the "Connections" part of Climate Connections refers to the concept that other communities may share a similar climate and this creates a type of connection.

Individuals may have a connection due to an common high school, college or sports teams.  Here it would be due to a climate.

Would recommend refering to the exact wording you're provided for the project to clarify the issue.  "Connect" is not mentioned. (See below)

Imagine this as a Power Puzzle effort for comparison.  You live next to a river that could be used for hydroelectric power.  Your team might find another town that already has created a dam that harnesses hydroelectric power and research what they did to make it happen.  

For this project, if your community is in a desert and lack of water is an issue in your climate, find another community in a desert and research what they're doing about lack of water.


http://firstlegoleague.org/community/fll/project.aspx

1.  Research how climate affects your own community. Identify a problem caused by climate in your area, analyze climate data about the problem, and discover what your community is doing about it. Find another community somewhere in the world with the same issue and identify any solutions they are working on. 

Discuss the various ways climate impacts your community and your lives. Look at climate data available for your area as it relates to your climate problem. Consider talking with experts who work in a climate-related profession every day, such as climatologists, farmers, foresters, and community leaders. Then find another community in a different geographical area that is experiencing a similar problem. Consult the FLL Topic Guide for additional project resources.

2.  Create an innovative solution based on the information you gathered. See if others, on a local or even global level, could use your innovation to solve this climate related problem or improve on an existing solution.

Consider all the potential solutions to your problem and how great an impact you can have. Talk with experts to see what ideas are already being developed or used. Build your climate connections by creating an innovative solution for your chosen climate problem that could be applied in both communities and adopted by even more communities who face a similar issue. 

3.  Share your research and solution. Once you have researched and developed your idea, get out there and share it! Take what you have learned to build awareness of the problem and promote your solution, highlighting your research. Use this project to see just how great an impact you can have on your community and your world!





--- On Sat, 9/27/08, Bobbie Arbogast <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Bobbie Arbogast <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Another Project Question
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Saturday, September 27, 2008, 8:02 AM
> I am still somewhat confused on the project connection.  I
> have reread 
> the project description on the FLL website... this is
> exactly what is 
> written on that page:
> 
> 1.  Research how climate affects your own community.
> Identify a problem 
> caused by climate in your area, analyze climate data about
> the problem, 
> and discover what your community is doing about it. Find
> another 
> community somewhere in the world with the same issue and
> identify any 
> solutions they are working on.
> 
> Discuss the various ways climate impacts your community and
> your lives. 
> Look at climate data available for your area as it relates
> to your 
> climate problem. Consider talking with experts who work in
> a 
> climate-related profession every day, such as
> climatologists, farmers, 
> foresters, and community leaders. Then find another
> community in a 
> different geographical area that is experiencing a similar
> problem. 
> Consult the FLL Topic Guide for additional project
> resources.
> 
> 
> So my question is... where do the words CONNECT with others
> appear... 
> the above statement states to find another community with
> the same 
> issue and identify solutions they are working on.  If there
> is another 
> link that I need to follow to find the words CONNECT with
> others, 
> please let me know.
> 
> Thanks,
> Bobbie
> 
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