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Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]>
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Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:33:56 -0500
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We are not a school team, but we did start trying to form our team in the
spring also.  We met a few times over the summer, and it was helpful to have
that beginning.  We plan to now meet throughout the year, maybe once a month
or more, so the kids can have an opportunity to explore and experiment with
programming in ways they did not have time to do during the season.  I was
looking at the techbrick site and noticed their tournament is not until Jan
31!  They are in MD, but wow, that is a LOT more time to work on the
missions and project.

Sonya in Harrisonburg

On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM, Michael Blanpied <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Lisa,
>
> I'll be curious too. I assume that FLL regionals and state tournaments are
> in the fall to allow the international tournament to fall within the same
> school year, or to not conflict with Odyssey of the Mind and other such
> things in the spring, but that's just a guess.
>
> The timing does create a challenge for school teams. My first two years I
> coached an elementary school team. The school would send announcements about
> FLL in the introductory package, which families would receive around Labor
> Day. By the time forms were returned, teams formed, and a first meeting
> scheduled, we were into late September with only about 6-7 weeks left. I
> pleaded for the school to solicit interest and form teams in the spring, so
> that we could meet a bit over the summer to get to know each other and begin
> work on background skills (robot building, programming) and begin to explore
> the theme topic in a general way, but no dice.
>
> Perhaps a compromise would be to move the fall tournaments a couple of
> weeks later, and shift States to after the holiday, but who knows.
>
> Mike
>
>
> Hello,
>>
>>     I have a question about the timing of our tournaments.  Why do we have
>> our tournaments during the busiest time of the year November and December?
>>  There must be a reason and I just don't know.   It would seem to make more
>> sense to have them later after we have had time to get situated in the
>> school year and not during the holiday season.  I was thinking March and
>> April.
>>
>> Just Wondering,
>> Fuqua Bot Boys
>> Formerly X-treme Lego Bots
>> Formerly Fuqua 4-H Robotics
>>
>> Lisa
>>
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