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It doesn't matter how many missions your team can solve. Seriously. My
first year my team could solve one mission about fifty percent of the time.
When we got to the tournament we tried that mission on the practice table
and it wouldn't work at all. But then something amazing happened. They all
got really motivated and focused and they fixed the problem with that
mission as well as figured out how to do a few other missions. By the end
of the day I think we did four missions. Every single kid felt like they
had won first place with what they had accomplished that day. Teams do go
to the table for an official run and come back with zero points. But it's
not a big deal. They will be a little deflated, but they get over it pretty
quickly.

So I'll say it again: go to the tournament no matter how many missions your
team is solving.

Good luck!

Skip Morrow


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On Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 11:19 AM, Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Well-said! I’d suggest that if appropriate (perhaps not so much with 4th-graders?),
> I’d let **them** figure out that “we think we can do this” == “close to
> base”. Part of the journey…
>
>
>
> *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]
> jmu.edu] *On Behalf Of *Frank Levine
> *Sent:* Tuesday, September 06, 2016 11:15 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: [VADCFLL-L] how many missions to go for?
>
>
>
> My rookie team faced pretty serious navigation challenges two years ago,
> so they did the missions that were close to base.  We found that if we
> drove to the other end of the table, the robot would get lost.  My advice
> would be to start close to base and work your way out.  That lets the kids
> start working on attachments, etc without spending lots of time being
> frustrated by navigation.  Once they can get the easy missions close to
> base, start expanding out.
>
>
>
>   Navigating the board is a challenge, and this year is no exception.  I
> would look at ev3lessons.com
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ev3lessons.com&d=CwMFaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=O3IDbf7NeYMzmEN3yX9ShemXLPpyJ_kdBtZWrfIlx24&s=99sHoeD6oda00gwCksGdFGwJJ0AEErPADAHbkK42eWQ&e=>
> for their tutorials on driving straight, turning, and aligning on lines.
> What I found was that a bunch of 4th graders didn't have the attention span
> to really understand some of the finer topics needed for precise
> navigation.  I think they finally 'got' it when they saw the other robots
> at the tournament.  Until then it was all a bit abstract.  First year is
> for learning... just make it fun and try to get them to come back next year!
>
>
>
> my $0.02
>
>
>
> -Frank
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Sep 6, 2016 at 10:37 AM, Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> On your first question:
>
> Have them start with ones they know (think?) they can do, then add as they
> go along. For a rookie team, trying to do all may be daunting, but may be
> possible. But I can promise you that for a long time it'll be "Nothing ever
> works..." -- hence the "start with the easy ones".
>
> Some flow may also evolve naturally -- "Hey, we weren't doing the XYZ
> mission, but we can grab the flying squirrel on the way back from
> delivering the atomic wombat" or whatever. Let 'em figure it out!
> --
> Phil Smith III
>
> Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)
> Team 1900 (2002)
> Team 2497 (2003)
> Team 2355 (2004)
> Team 1945 (2005)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]
> jmu.edu] On Behalf Of Cathy Abi-Khattar
> Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 10:15 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] how many missions to go for?
>
> Hello
> We are a rookie team trying to figure out a good number of the missions to
> tackle. About how many missions do most teams go for? All of them? Half? We
> have a tight timeline so I want to challenge the kids as much as possible
> without stressing them out. This is their first year doing a team.
>
> Also, where do we register and pay for our team to join the VA DC FLL? We
> are registered and paid for nationally but on the VA DC FLL site I can only
> find links to register nationally. Where do you pay the $125 to register
> regionally?
>
> Thank you!
>
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