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Laura Dysart <[log in to unmask]>
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Laura Dysart <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:57:51 -0400
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Robin- third year coach and my sentiments exactly- this third year  
seems to be going the best yet but it is still  overwhelming- and I  
really can't say how they'll do- but they have set goals- a certain  
number of missions, etc. and I keep reminding them it's about  
achieving "their goals" not winning and then of course the FLL  
values.  I find the project very overwhelming- but it's valuable.  
Coaches are very kind- last year the kids were adamant on a power  
point presentation that they worked really hard on, and all  
participated in it and were proud of- the coaches were still very  
nice  to them throughout(although the comments were "power point" as a  
negative on the feedback sheet)- the coaches hand book is more  
specific on this this year which allows me to tell my older, more self  
conscious group- power points don't stand out- gotta make it fun. The  
FLL DVD on the project is very helpful too- I'm sorry if a repeat- but  
watch it with the team- came with your field set up.  Laura
On Sep 29, 2011, at 7:46 PM, Robin OConnell wrote:

> Also To John,
>
> Kathy is exactly right.  This is our third year (but I am a newbie  
> coach) and I can say that if you just try to let this happen it can  
> be amazing.  The first year we really had no idea what we were  
> doing, but everything amazingly came together (and I can tell you at  
> this point in the season we were ALL ready to throw in our hats and  
> call it a day) Then last year we thought we knew what we were doing,  
> we had a seasoned team, great kids, etc...  WELL?  we BOMBED.  But  
> we're back at it and some meetings it feels hopeless then sometimes  
> meetings are amazing.  hang in there-  this is organized chaos, but  
> it is a GREAT program and no matter what happens it is worth your  
> collective effort!  good luck and see you at the tournament!
>
> Robin (newbie coach)
>
> From: "Katherine Molina" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:18:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Skip the Project?
>
> To John,
>
> I did not read the other replies so please excuse me if I've  
> reiterated something.
>
> Sometimes it is not possible to do everything. Some years my kids  
> get it all done, great project, lots of table missions complete  
> (high score), well engineered robot, terrific team work. Other years  
> the teams have been lucky to get a few missions completed and a half  
> ___ project. This is one of those years. Due to computer problems,  
> illness, no coaches (I'm supervising until we can get a real coach)  
> and other random issues, the table mat is not yet completed and  
> robot is not yet built. The kids can't agree on a food to research  
> and cannot come up with a team name! But we still plan to get a  
> robot together, program some missions and go to the tournament even  
> if the project goes wanting this year.
>
> In other words John, do what you can and enjoy the competitive  
> experience. Definitely go to the tournament. You'd be surprised how  
> many missions your robot can get done by simply knowing how to move  
> straight and to turn without any movable arms or lifts. Aim to get 3  
> - 4 missions done. If you do more - yay!
>
> As for the project, it truly is sometimes the most fun for some of  
> the kids. Try to have the kids look up foods that spoil easily and  
> settle on one. It's not necessary to get too fancy. One of my groups  
> once came in first in the project with no power point, no back board  
> and a very simple presentation. The judges were frankly very  
> impressed with the depth of their knowledge. Maybe you have just 1  
> or 2 kids interested in that and they can take the lead on that part.
>
> Best wishes for fun season,
> Kathy
>
> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [VADCFLL- 
> [log in to unmask]] on behalf of John Britto [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 5:43 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Skip the Project?
>
> We are a rookie team just getting started with the 2011 tournament  
> requirements.
> In the interest of time, we may have to focus on the robot game and  
> not work on the Project/presentation.  Is this something that is ok  
> to do?
> Our team of 7 is barely functioning together and our time may be  
> better spent working on the game!
>
> Thanks,
> John Britto
>
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