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Michael Blanpied <[log in to unmask]>
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Michael Blanpied <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 22 Sep 2008 10:20:13 -0400
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At 6:47 PM -0700 9/21/08, Barry Wilbanks wrote:
>This type question was raised at the FLL Partner conference in SC 
>where they introduced the challenge.
>
>It was specifically stated NOT be be oriented toward global warming 
>or climate change.

Barry,

Who was the source of this "specific statement" warning teams away 
from climate change? That would seem most bizarre to me, if it came 
from an official source. Climate change is a huge issue, one that 
kids should be aware of, and part of what makes this year's climate 
theme so compelling. While I see no requirement that the project be 
about climate change, it very well could be, and I expect that many 
team projects will be. After all, the instructions say, "Research how 
climate affects your own community.  Identify a climate problem in 
your area...," and changing climate is a key problem for many 
communities, and one for which innovative solutions are needed.

Cheers,
Mike Blanpied
Reston

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