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Maybe it's just me but, to a limited extent, I believe FLL does mimic real life projects.  You are given a challenge (project) to do and you have to do it with minimal resources within a minimal amount of time with a limited understanding of what the customer wants.  While I do understand that the kids get disappointed after working hard for 8-10 weeks and then not making it to the state, but that is, in my opinion, one of the outcomes of real world projects. I like the idea of taking that disappointment and channeling it towards off-season work to try and learn more and grow.  Much like the real work world, sometimes you have to realize what it is you do not know and work on gaining that knowledge.  Then, next year, they will be more knowledgeable and can attack the challenge on day one. Of course, even if you happen to be lucky enough to get chosen to go to the state tournament, off-season preparation is still a good thing.  Just my two cents.

Thanks,

Lloyd
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jill Hamilton 
  To: [log in to unmask] 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:13 AM
  Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] How do you get to the State Competition?


  As a new coach, I second this suggestion.  We want kids to feel an opportunity to learn and grow after the first competition…as is the case in real life.  

   

  Jill Hamilton

  Electric Pineapples (London Towne Lego League)

  703-322-4484

   

  From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Shannell Baynard
  Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 8:55 AM
  To: [log in to unmask]
  Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] How do you get to the State Competition?

   

  As a new FLL coach last year, I witnessed the students struggling with the robot game due to joining in September and really having about 2 weeks to work on programming, 2 weeks on research, 2 on building the table, and 2 wks attempting to build the robot with the proper technique and mechanics for the entire game.  

   

           My 4th & 5th graders met three days a week after-school, (had several join and then quit, several juggle sports, tutoring and some that had parents that would take away their privileges due to report cards) however we still managed to keep a small group eager to compete because we often met during Saturday school.

   

           I state all of this to say,  To be a new team and have to compete in November is fairly difficult, especially when your area holds over 30 teams in one competition. I would like to suggest that there are other meets afterwards as well so that the students don't feel disappointed about not ever competing again if they don't qualify.  Are there any suggestions? I'm willing to hold another expo at my campus in March or May. 

   

  Shannell Baynard

  Friendship Southeast Robotics Coach

  Http://sesmartlab.info

   


  On Oct 27, 2010, at 8:33 AM, "Karen Berger" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

    Actually, we're still discussing the final number of teams for the Championship Tournament so no number has been announced yet.  It will be between 84 and 100.

     

    Each year we take a percentage of the teams in each division from each tournament.  Generally that is between 20% and 30%.  That means that if a tournament has a lot of teams in one of the divisions, more teams will qualify, than for a tournament with only a few teams in that division.  The final numbers will vary a little from tournament to tournament (we obviously can't take 0.5 of a team and at least one team in each division at each tournament will qualify).  Don't expect to find out how many teams will advance until the end of your tournament.  Most tournament directors will not release that info until that time.

     

    Hope that helps, 

    Karen

     

      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] How do you get to the State Competition?
      From: Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]>
      Date: Wed, October 27, 2010 8:26 am
      To: <[log in to unmask]>

      According to one of the state tournament referees there will be 84 teams at state.

       

      On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 2:58 AM, Heather Kemmerly <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

      I am a rookie coach, and my team asked me the other day, "What do
      we have to get at the Regional competition, in order to go to the State
      competition?"  I, of course, did not have an answer for them.  If someone
      would be so kind as to let me know, I'd appreciate it.  I have expressed
      to my team that anything we accomplish will be a success and that I am
      very proud of our team no matter what.  We had a late start and everyone
      is new.  I think they are doing fantastic, but I can't blame them for wanting
      to know the answer to their question.  I'm glad they are thinking big.  No task
      is unachievable.  I admire thier enthusiasm.

      Thanks,

      Heather
      Team #4911 "Bionics"

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