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This is AWESOME. The Sea Monsters are long-time competitors and a great team.

 

One point I’ll comment on: coaches not being in the room for non-competition rounds. I think this is great advice; I bet most teams will have a problem with it. Remember that FLL is for the kids, not the parents or coaches, and please do consider following this suggestion.

 

Hey, Wally, you did miss one thing – implicit and the Sea Monsters always did it, so it probably seemed too obvious for you to list:

HAVE FUN!!!

 

One of the things I tell people about FLL is that in over a decade of competing/judging, I’ve seen ONE kid crying, and based on his parent’s reaction, there were other issues there. Compare that to ANY other kids’ tournament you’ve ever been to—heck, compare it to most kids’ parties! I believe that alone is a testament to the value of FLL (just one of many).

 

OK, I could go on, but I’d better not…

-- 

Phil Smith III

 

Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)

Team 1900 (2002)

Team 2497 (2003)

Team 2355 (2004)

Team 1945 (2005)

 

 

From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Wally Walter
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] List for competition

 

I prepared training materials on what to bring and prepare for the tournament.  You'll find the relevant part starting at page 20

   

http://www.masteringlegorobot.com/Before%20 <http://www.masteringlegorobot.com/Before%20&%20At/Before%20and%20At%20the%20FLL%20Tournament.pdf> &%20At/Before%20and%20At%20the%20FLL%20Tournament.pdf

 

Wally Walter

Former Coach, Lake Anne Sea Monsters

 

On 11/14/14, Michael Brown<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 

Take everything. 

I never will forget the year where another team helped us out and gave us parts that we forgot. The teams became so close. It was a shame that we got to go to state and they didn't.

On Nov 14, 2014 2:02 PM, "Phil Smith III" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Sure, but *take* them just in case. Even if they aren’t allowed, they might be needed somewhere. Our motto was always “Far better to have a ton o’junk out in the car that we don’t use than to be sitting there wondering why we didn’t bring a ______”.

-- 

Phil Smith III

 

Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)

Team 1900 (2002)

Team 2497 (2003)

Team 2355 (2004)

Team 1945 (2005)

 

 

From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kent and Anne Meyer
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 1:54 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] List for competition

 

I would check with your Tournament Director regarding bringing your own power strip and extension cord. At some tournaments (like mine) they are not allowed. We set up charging stations to be shared instead. 

 

Anne Meyer

Chantilly Tournament Director 

Sent from my iPhone


On Nov 14, 2014, at 1:47 PM, Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

In addition to the items on Professor Drake's list, I suggest:

- Robot, its attachments and the Apprenticeship model all in one small box. This is the only thing you take to/from the robot matches. 

- USB cable

- USB memory stick with backup copies of the kids' programs and presentation (if using PowerPoint) 

- Power strip

- Extension cord

- Duct tape for taping down extension cord

- Lego pieces for any last minute repairs/improvements 

- 27 gallon heavy duty tote ($12 at Home Depot) for carrying everything to/from your car

 

 



On Friday, November 14, 2014, Debbie Browning <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Has anyone taken the time to put together a list of all the things that should be taken to competition? This is our first year and I've made a list but it feels so overwhelming, I'm terrified I will forget something vital.

Thanks.
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From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Jeff Schoolcraft <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 9:25:01 AM
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Do teams start with any loops in base?

One loop in base + any loops you can gather from the field.  Gathering some could cause you to lose full points on other missions (like removing more than 1 hoop from Search Engine).

--
Jeff Schoolcraft


On November 10, 2014 at 9:23:54 AM, Fredrik Nyman ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]:[log in to unmask]> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>) wrote:

You start with one loop in base.

On Monday, November 10, 2014, groverf <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]:[log in to unmask]> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
We are a rookie team working towards the project based learning model.  Do we
have to get all the loops from the table or does the team start with some in the
base?  I couldn't find this information in the challenge manual, but I saw on a
you tube video that one team had 3 loops to start with.

Thanks for your help!
Kerry

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