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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:32:08 -0400
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Wow, that really has been hard for me to forget, regarding just to stand
out to win. This is my first year coaching, and after 20 years in the Navy
where it's all about "meet all of the requirements, follow the instruction,
get the checklists, and make sure you stand out, it's really hard to just
have fun and cooperate. But you make good points. I will take it to heart,
for sure!

Thanks!


.

On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM, Amy Nichols <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Skip...
>
> There are quite a few YouTube videos of the different judging and it would
> probably answer many of your questions to watch a few of them.  You can see
> how they're laid out and what kind of questions they ask.
>
> Also, at the tournament some teams do have little swag things they give
> out to the other teams.  If you choose to go that route,  you can have your
> team members brainstorm for things they might like to try, but at the end
> of it, it should be their ideas.  But also, it shouldn't be just to 'stand
> out' to win...but it should really be done in the spirit of cooperation,
> gracious professionalism, and a symbol of their team.  I think it's a nice
> thing, but I think in the end it really comes down to how they have
> embraced the spirit of Core Values - including cooperation and gracious
> professionalism, and how that shows in the way they act towards other teams
> and each other.  That is something that should be pervasive throughout all
> your meetings and the season...and it will show once you get to the
> tournament.
>
> Amy
>
> On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM, Gail D. Drake <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>>  I have a few thoughts, I am sure ... you will get many :)
>>
>>
>>  You have three presentations; each are five minutes:
>>
>>
>>  Core Values
>>
>> Research
>>
>> Robot
>>
>>
>>  Questions:
>>
>> (1) When do we show off our code and mechanical design for the robot? *
>> In Robot judging and when the judges roam (if they get the opportunity) *
>>
>>
>>  (2) On the Robot Design Page, under Mechanical Efficiency, the
>> Exemplary criteria states "streamlined use of parts and time to
>> repair/modify". What do they mean by having time to repair/modify? *‚ÄčThe
>> greatest impact in this arena is the ability to change manipulators at the
>> game table in a reduced time period to use the allotted time to score game
>> points. *
>>
>>
>>  (3) coopertition, I totally have this vision of every team running
>> around, trying to do something for another team in an effort to show the
>> judges that they met the objective! Not a bad thing--I am just trying to
>> think of ways to make my team stand out.
>>
>> *‚ÄčAs a Tournament Director, you would be amazed how this is relatively
>> clear.  Items that are clear to me (a) the team is the kids, for the kids
>> and about the kids - parents and coaches are only guiding - when this
>> happens, kids talk to kids (b) the kids are at the event to learn from
>> other teams, as much as their own (c) kids actually talk with others, are
>> polite to others, and genuinely care about others [this is often
>> a mimicked concept] (d) kids help other kids *
>>
>>
>>   Respectfully,
>> Professor Drake
>> Associate Professor Northern Virginia Community College
>> ILITE FRC Robotics Coach
>> ILITE FTC Robotics Coach
>> Robotics Tournament Director
>> US Cyber Patriot Coach
>>   ------------------------------
>> *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
>> on behalf of Skip Morrow <[log in to unmask]>
>> *Sent:* Monday, September 22, 2014 9:25 AM
>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>> *Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] When and How are the rubrics filled out?
>>
>>   Second question of the day!
>>
>>  Does VA-DC use the same rubric as the national league?
>>
>> http://www.firstlegoleague.org/sites/default/files/Official_Event_Info/Combined%20Rubrics2014.pdf
>> When and how is it filled out? From what I understand, the tournament is
>> composed of two (or is it three) robot games (best score saved) and the
>> 5-minute project presentation. When do we show off our code and mechanical
>> design for the robot? How will they assess teamwork? Core values? Some of
>> the grading criteria seem like they would be hard to asses in such a short
>> time.
>>
>>  Specifically, I do have a question about one particular item on the
>> rubric. On the Robot Design Page, under Mechanical Efficiency, the
>> Exemplary criteria states "streamlined use of parts and time to
>> repair/modify". What do they mean by having time to repair/modify?
>>
>>  For the coopertition, I totally have this vision of every team running
>> around, trying to do something for another team in an effort to show the
>> judges that they met the objective! Not a bad thing--I am just trying to
>> think of ways to make my team stand out.
>>
>>  Skip
>>
>>
>> .
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