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If our robot picks up the four rings and then gets stuck and we have to
pick it up - Do we get any points for the rings?

>>> Brittany Rose <[log in to unmask]> 11/20/2009 9:26 PM >>>

I would like to respectfully request that the email discussion about
this video, and any other matters related to the championship
tournament, be moved to the championship email list.  There are coaches
and team managers of championship teams that are not on this general
discussion list any longer and there are many people on this list who
will not be at the championship so any discussion related to that
tournament will not be relevant to them.  All are welcome to join the
championship email list, even if their team is not competing there. 
Simply go to
<file://localhost/archives/vadcfll-championship-l.html (
file:///archives/vadcfll-championship-l.html )> and select the option to
join or leave the list.


Brittany Rose
Virginia/DC FIRST LEGO League 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Asking for participating on 09 video project
From: Jin Ye <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, November 20, 2009 5:37 pm
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Hi, Cari:
Thanks so much! You gave me the very first response and it is
affirmative! Yeah!!!
And you lead me to a very important question that I cannot wait to
answer - I would definitely go along with anyway the participating teams
want to play out - you can write a "screenplay" of your performance and
we can have the "reporter" to briefly rehearsal with the team before
video-recording the "performance". By the way, I'll have "initial-cut"
only available to the participating teams for reviewing and commenting -
you will have absolute right to say to the video material related to
your team and I'll accommodate your preference as much as technically
Once you gave me the answer C and your team #, I'll put your on a
spreadsheet/"blank schedule". When you get your Sunday schedule, you
figure out the "preferred meet time" for about 10 minutes allocation,
and let me know. I'll coordinate all "meet" timeslots with the
participating teams and confirm your team's interview time with you in
the earliest time possible. Believe me it is manageable - I sound like a
salesman now :-((
The bottom line is we want to make a video full of fun, energy and
excitement, appealing to the kids!!!

--- On Fri, 11/20/09, Patrick & Cari Norton <[log in to unmask]>

From: Patrick & Cari Norton <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Asking for participating on 09 video project
To: "Jin Ye" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009, 5:11 PM

Team 5136 Nosco Mechanicus would love to participate in your video
project!  Put us down for option C.  
We appreciate you undertaking this project.  
I like it when you interview teams at the practice table and have them
demonstrate their robot and tell about its features, but we will be
happy to go along with whatever you think is best.  :) 
Will you just look for us or will there be a schedule?

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Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 4:28 PM
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Asking for participating on 09 video project

Dear Coaches of Championship Tournament qualified teams: 

First, allow me to congratulate your team and you – the first part of
the mission has accomplished and you are now on the way to the grand
finale as old-saying “until fat lady sings”. 

You may be aware I created an hour-long DVD movie based on 2006 State
Tourney titled "Capturing the Excitement of the Tournament Day – First
Lego League Virginia 2006". chapter 1 “Let’s Meet the Teams” interviewed
teams at the pit area, chapter 2 “It’s Time for the Matches” recorded
the Robot Match covering many teams' performance, chapter 3 “Show Me the
Robots” showed the great encore performance in very close distance,
chapter 4 “And the Champions Are” covered Award Ceremony, and chapter 5
was the slide-show of the award-winning teams. I gave away over 100
copies of the DVD upon the requests from coaches / mentors within
VADCFLL Community in 2007. 

This time I'd work on a similar project but will focus in the pit area –
make video based on the conversation and interviews with participating
teams there on project, robot design, performance and team spirit. 

It will be a people's project :-)) – I have presented the idea to the
VADCFLL leadership. The response neither endorses nor opposes the
proposed idea and plan. 

Before you raise any concern, please wait to hear me out – 

The process will comply with the tournament rules, and activities will
be within the legal consent that teams agrees through the team release
form - I’ll conduct the interviews and shoot video only in pit area or
audience sitting area, and obtain the nod from each team that will
present in the video prior to interview them or shoot a video footage on
them, preferably making the arrangement before the tournament weekend.

I promise to make best effort to avoid being intrusive or disruptive –
I totally understand every team must focus on the Robot Design Interview
and Robot Performance Matches on Sunday. I also understand my request
for interviewing a team has no bonus to its competition activities. It 
shouldn’t introduce negative impact to team's performance. I will work
with and work around each team’s schedule – even if a team granted me in
advance for the interview and late turned out has no time for it, I
totally okay with that. I believe when a team has intention to
contribute to the project it has demonstrated plenty “Gracious


I don’t have to do it alone – we could practice FLL teamwork spirit and
skill on this video project and “divide & conquer” the tasks! I will be
happy to team up with other adult volunteers to plan and implement the
project. Also, I prefer to get at least one local MS or HS student who
is or was a FLLer herself/himself to act as an “Anchor”, "Interviewer"
or "Reporter" – the student narrates the event, talks to the teams on
the projects, robot design, cheer with them. I can contribute on the
directing/recording /editing, but completely staying behind the scene. I
have purchased the equipment and I’ll handle the technical detail. 

I firmly believe this project will benefit the general public in VADC
FLL community in its unique way. The video will be particularly
attractive to the children who will participate in FLL activity in
future because it is “kids talk to kids about the amazing FLL


Now, the bottom line is no matter what I say, I don’t know that the
proposed project is welcome by the FLL teams that will participate in
the state tournament. After all, if no team wants to support the
project, it goes nowhere. 


Therefore, I’m here asking the coaches of the teams qualified for the
championship tournament - after you have read what it is about, would
you poll your team (parents and kids) to see if they are interested in
participate in “performing” in this video project? 


You don’t have to write a detail comment back, you may simply let me
know which answer your team decides to choose among following three - 


A - I don't think it is a good idea. (Or the parents of the team have
concern). I or other parents of the team wouldn't support it. Sorry. 


B - It sounds like a good idea and generally our team would support it.
But I don't think my team will have time for it. So I cannot grant an
interview for you even if it will be only for as little as 5 minutes. 


C - The proposed project benefits children in VA DC who may be
interested in FLL activity and it is a good exercise on Gracious
Professionalism for our team. My team decides to support it. And since
On Sunday it will be from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for the 5 (one robot design
interview and 4 rounds of robot match) official competition events, we
may find a time slot for the interview although I cannot guarantee it. 


I look forward to hearing from many teams. Thanks. 




My history with FLL – I coached or mentored FLL teams from 04 to 07 and
the teams were rewarded many regional and state awards including 2005
division I Director’s Award (Championship Award at the time) and 2007
division II robot performance award (2nd place). This year I held 2
workshops in Fairfax City Library to help out new coaches, I held a few
of “clinic session” for the schools and rookie teams, and I mentored a
neighborhood team in the technical area (although the team was only
selected as an alternate team at the Smithsonian tournament but the kids
said they learnt a lot through the Challenge). And I enjoyed very much
at TJHSST tournament as a Robot Design Judge for the division II teams.

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