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"Donna L. Cornwell" <[log in to unmask]>
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Donna L. Cornwell
Sun, 14 Nov 2010 18:55:12 -0500
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Others can give you more detailed answers to your first 3 questions, but 
basically yes.  They use the same consent forms and I think the same 
team info.  Teams that are going to state will receive email with info, 
I would think this will be after all of the regional tournaments are 
done.  The motels fill up quickly, especially the ones where discounts 
for FLL have been arranged.  As soon as you get this info, get your 
group to reserve a block of rooms.  It helps alot for the team to stay 
at the same place.

I have some comments on number 4.  My team is an alternate to the state 
tournament and the kids want to prepare.  ( My daughter explicitly is 
NOT wishing that anyone will get sick, she says, but she hopes some team 
has some really nice vacations coming up that will be more fun for them 
than the state tournament.)

We have built a clone to our tournament robot.  This robot allows 
multiple team members to work on missions at the same time and is a 
backup in case our robot falls apart or is dropped at the tournament.  
The kids want to keep our tournament robot as is and make modifications 
to the clone to see if we can improve it.  The basic idea is to make 
sure that we do not lose ground in our attempts to improve our missions.

There is very little time to prepare, so I would lean toward refining, 
but not making major changes.

Take time to go over the feedback from your regional tournament and look 
for areas where your team can improve.  My team had several instances 
where they had done something, but were unable to articulate it to the 
judges.  For example, they were asked if everyone on the team knew what 
everyone else was doing.  They gave a few examples, but didn't say 
"YES."  Each team member was responsible for a mission, and any of them 
could have named which team member was responsible for each mission.  
They didn't do this and were marked as not fulfilling this item.  
Reviewing these items would help the kids prepare.

Good luck with the state tournament and have fun.  We liked so much that 
I am planning on taking my daughter up for the day on Sunday to see the 
robot rounds.  (unless we are needed as alternates.)

Donna Cornwell
coach, FEP's

On 11/14/2010 6:28 PM, Viquar Shaikh wrote:
> Hello
> This was our first year participating in the div 1 FLL tournament and 
> we have been invited to compete at the state level next month. The 
> kids are extremely excited @ this and I want to make sure as a coach I 
> do not miss any paperwork, etc.
> If someone can please answer these queries,I would greatly appreciate it:
> 1] Do we have to 'register' for the state tournament? Or should we 
> expect a confirmation letter.
> 2] What are the registration fees at state level?
> 3] Do we have to submit the same paperwork that we submitted at 
> regional - like the consent forms, team info, etc.
> 4] Can we make any major modifications to our robot design and 
> programming or do we need to keep everything similar to what we had at 
> regionals.
> Thanks for all the advice.
> Viquar
> Team 8637 - Avatar Robotics
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