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 From the CyberTigers #5234,

Robot Bill is spot on with his comment.  We are a school based team that 
doesn't really get going until mid-September.  We meet twice a week for 
2 hours and never have enough time to do "everything" to prepare for 
competition.  This is my fourth year coaching, and every team has been 
different--even with a 90% return rate year to year.

After the competition is complete, we move on to other activities that 
help teach the basic prinicples associated with programming, robot 
design, strategy, and just about anything else the team may be 
interested in.  Last year, after the season, we participated in the Hour 
of Code, held our own SumoBot competition, SpeedBot competition, and the 
ultimate challenge of Capture the Flag--RobotStyle.  The last challenge, 
without a doubt, was the favorite of every student.

Remember, what we discover is more important than what we win, and 
you'll be fine.

Best wishes for a great experience.

v/r,

James Garner
Coach and Pizza Delivery Guy for the CyberTigers
Team #5234

-----Original Message-----
From: Robot Bill <[log in to unmask]>
To: VADCFLL-L <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 9:23 am
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Project presentation




I'd like to add a footnote to this conversation if I may. Please don't 
fret too much over how much your team does or does participate in the 
off season.


The teams in FLL compete at all different levels. There are rookie teams 
and veteran teams. Some teams can compete at the qualifier-level, some 
at the state championship level and some at the World Festival level. 
They are ALL great teams.


Please do not compare your teams by how much you participate and how far 
you go in FLL. As long as your teams are having fun and learning, your 
seasons will be successful.

I am concerned that there might be rookie teams on this listserve who 
are reading these comments and *fretting* over how much they are doing 
with respect to the other teams in FLL. Do not worry. Do your best this 
year and try to learn from the others to prepare for next year. All 
teams had to be rookies at one time and they all go through the same 
growth process.


Do well, have fun and we'll see you at the tournaments!


Bil

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