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I look back on coaching days with fond memories interspersed with nightmares about time constraints.  

I would agree with both Eve and Robert but I would add one more thing.  As you know, the actual robot performance, while its generally the most exciting to the kids, is only 25% of the overall score at the tournament.  So I would suggest that the team get itself to a place where they can do one or more (set a realistic goal given the time left) tasks on the table and call it a success if they get there.  If they don't, call it a success because they learned something about robotics and had fun on the journey.

Also, remember to work in time for the project, teamwork, and technical presentations.

Have fun, this program really is a win-win for all the kids and adults involved.

Lloyd O'Hara

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From: "Sky, Eve Y" <[log in to unmask]> 

> My suggestion is to be real about the outcome of competition. We are in 
> a similar boat since we are an afterschool team. It is great to see all 
> of the teams "perform" even if your group is not ready to be the best. 
> They should have fun and be realistic about their goals. If not, you 
> will lose your mind. 
> 
> Good luck! 
> Eve Sky 
> Rachel Carson Middle School 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: First Lego League Discussion 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Robert Haskins 
> Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 11:46 AM 
> To: [log in to unmask] 
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Help with FLL Please! 
> 
> Wow, meeting three times at this point in the season is not very much, 
> unless you meet for 12 hours at a time! ;-) Around this time of year, 
> my teams are usually meeting 3 times a week for a total of 6 hours 
> instead of the usual 2 times a week. We've been meeting 4 hours a week 
> since the missions were announced back in early September. No matter 
> how much we meet, you seem to always run out of time. 
> 
> Regarding your questions: 
> 
> 1) The design of the robot is totally up to the team, but you must 
> work within the rules (one control unit, three motors, etc.) 
> 2) The design of the program is up to the team, but usually the team 
> does a number of small programs to achieve a group of missions. In my 
> 5 years of coaching, I've only ever seen one robot and program that 
> was able to perform all (or nearly all, 395 points if I remember 
> correctly) of the missions with one program and no touches by the 
> team. This was in NH a few seasons ago, is a very unusual and takes a 
> very skilled team to achieve. 
> 3) This is a hard one. There is a book (FIRST LEGO League: The 
> Unofficial Guide) but I have not seen it. Here is the Amazon link: 
> http://www.amazon.com/FIRST-LEGO-League-Unofficial-Guide/dp/1593271859 
> 
> Good luck! 
> 
> On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 11:14 AM, Sarah Brown 
> wrote: 
> 
> > Hi everyone, 
> > 
> > This is my first time coach and I am feeling a little lost! It was a 
> last 
> > minute decision to get a group of students together and compete this 
> year 
> > in FLL. Seeing as how the competition is in November, I'm starting to 
> > feel the pressure! Any suggestions??? We have met about 3 times and 
> the 
> > students have a working robot with the NXT kit. I have some questions 
> if 
> > anyone can help me! 
> > 
> > 1. Do the NXT Robots have to be built a specific way for competition? 
> Or 
> > is it up to students how they build it? 
> > 
> > 2. With the climate missions this year, do you compile 1 program that 
> the 
> > robot is designed to do ALL Missions within taht ONE program? Or can 
> you 
> > do a series of programs to accomplish the missions? 
> > 
> > 3. I know I have a lot of reading and researching to do but is there 
> > something someone would suggest as a starting point? 
> > 
> > Any help would be SO appreciated!!! 
> > Thanks!!! 
> > Sarah 
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