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FYI -

LEGO manufacturing groups parts together in bags and weighs them pretty 
precisely to make sure they have all the necessary parts.  They like to get 
things exactly right all the time (and usually do) but if they err, the like 
to err on having an extra piece or two (which cost them very little) rather 
than to be a piece or two short (which they then have to mail to you which 
is very expensive).


-----Original Message----- 
From: VA/DC Referee Advisor
Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2011 10:32 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [VADCFLL-L]

There are a bunch of tiny pieces that have been left over in the kits
I have assembled.  The only ones that surprised me were the 2-3 flat
2x1 red pieces.  The other ones made sense, as they are small and it
might be easy to lose one during assembly.

Steve Scherr

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM, Millie <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I did.
>
> Millie
> webstylefusion.com
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Oct 1, 2011, at 6:15 PM, "Centner, Mary [USA]" <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> Did anybody else have an alarming number of left over piece-parts after 
> the
> kids said everything was built?
> Teri :)
> Rookie Coach
> Persevering Minds
> Arlington, VA
> --
> Teri Centner
> [log in to unmask]
> http://www.active.com/donate/Chicago_T2DC2011/tericee2011
> On Oct 1, 2011, at 5:45 PM, "John Britto" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> This is beautiful!  What a community!  About 20 painstakingly responded in
> just about a day after my post.  Your teams are blessed to have you as
> coaches/mentors/volunteers.
> I gave our parents 3 options (Do it all; Pick-n-choose; Skip tourney) and 
> we
> decided to work on all aspects of the challenge, do as much as we can and 
> go
> to the tournament!  Thank you all so much for your insights and
> encouragement.  Thanks also for the links for resources for team-building,
> etc.
> Anant:  We are in the Winchester-Stephens City area of Frederick County, 
> Va.
> Regards,
> John Britto
> 540.336.1701
> "With malice toward none, with charity for all, ..."
>
>
> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 7:46 PM, Robin OConnell <[log in to unmask]> 
> wrote:
>>
>> Also To John,
>>
>>
>>
>> Kathy is exactly right.  This is our third year (but I am a newbie coach)
>> and I can say that if you just try to let this happen it can be amazing.
>> The first year we really had no idea what we were doing, but everything
>> amazingly came together (and I can tell you at this point in the season 
>> we
>> were ALL ready to throw in our hats and call it a day) Then last year we
>> thought we knew what we were doing, we had a seasoned team, great kids,
>> etc...  WELL?  we BOMBED.  But we're back at it and some meetings it 
>> feels
>> hopeless then sometimes meetings are amazing.  hang in there-  this is
>> organized chaos, but it is a GREAT program and no matter what happens it 
>> is
>> worth your collective effort!  good luck and see you at the tournament!
>>
>>
>>
>> Robin (newbie coach)
>>
>> ________________________________
>>
>> From: "Katherine Molina" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:18:23 PM
>> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Skip the Project?
>>
>> To John,
>>
>> I did not read the other replies so please excuse me if I've reiterated
>> something.
>>
>> Sometimes it is not possible to do everything. Some years my kids get it
>> all done, great project, lots of table missions complete (high score), 
>> well
>> engineered robot, terrific team work. Other years the teams have been 
>> lucky
>> to get a few missions completed and a half ___ project. This is one of 
>> those
>> years. Due to computer problems, illness, no coaches (I'm supervising 
>> until
>> we can get a real coach) and other random issues, the table mat is not 
>> yet
>> completed and robot is not yet built. The kids can't agree on a food to
>> research and cannot come up with a team name! But we still plan to get a
>> robot together, program some missions and go to the tournament even if 
>> the
>> project goes wanting this year.
>>
>> In other words John, do what you can and enjoy the competitive 
>> experience.
>> Definitely go to the tournament. You'd be surprised how many missions 
>> your
>> robot can get done by simply knowing how to move straight and to turn
>> without any movable arms or lifts. Aim to get 3 - 4 missions done. If you 
>> do
>> more - yay!
>>
>> As for the project, it truly is sometimes the most fun for some of the
>> kids. Try to have the kids look up foods that spoil easily and settle on
>> one. It's not necessary to get too fancy. One of my groups once came in
>> first in the project with no power point, no back board and a very simple
>> presentation. The judges were frankly very impressed with the depth of 
>> their
>> knowledge. Maybe you have just 1 or 2 kids interested in that and they 
>> can
>> take the lead on that part.
>>
>> Best wishes for fun season,
>> Kathy
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [[log in to unmask]] 
>> on
>> behalf of John Britto [[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 5:43 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Skip the Project?
>>
>> We are a rookie team just getting started with the 2011 tournament
>> requirements.
>> In the interest of time, we may have to focus on the robot game and not
>> work on the Project/presentation.  Is this something that is ok to do?
>> Our team of 7 is barely functioning together and our time may be better
>> spent working on the game!
>> Thanks,
>> John Britto
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