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     I see the challenge as things we can do as the climate is changing. 
  Our team talked about local climate and things like watering grass.  
We also talked about polar bears becoming extinct because their Artic 
ice packs are melting and they are drowning and starving to death.  No 
matter the political debate about the cause, the fact of warming is not 
contested in the scientific community.  The challenge is "what can we 
do about it"?  Certainly these are complex questions, the solutions of 
which will require our children to be educated on science and 
technology;  one of the primary aims of the FIRST project!  And just as 
importantly, open discussion of the issues and the science behind them 
is a plus;  I applaud the FIRST organization for choosing the topic.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Donna L. Cornwell <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 1:20 pm
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Project Dilemma


When I first looked at the project I assumed it that the children were 
to look at how to reverse global warming. 
 
After reading your email, I went back and looked at the description 
again. It says "how climate affects your community." It distinguishes 
clima
te from weather. It doesn't say climate change. 
 
My new personal interpretation is that we look at the local climate -- 
whether you are in a desert, somewhere with excessively cold winters, 
etc. For example, in the DC area we have hot dry weather in mid-summer 
and alot of money is spent watering lawns. A solution might be to look 
for grasses more suited to the local climate. 
 
Is this how others read the problem? Climate not changes in climate 
seems to be the topic. 
 
Donna Cornwell 
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Nicholas Duan wrote: 
> Our team is experiencing some difficulty in identifying the right 
research topic. This is the dilemma we are facing: 
> 
> This year's project is to "Research how climate affects your own 
community. Identify a problem caused by climate in your area, analyze 
climate data about the problem, and discover what your community is 
doing about it". So the assumption made here is that the climate change 
is already taking place and we need to find some solution to adopt it, 
rather than some ways to combat or change it. So the problems to be 
identified would be some damages caused by the climate (like drought or 
flood), not some thing that may cause climate changes. So any topic 
that deals with CO2 and global warming would be out of scope. > 
> Another issue is that after analyzing the local weather data for the 
past 30 years,=2
0we found none variation of climate conditions at all. It 
is hard (if not impossible) statistically to correlate local weather 
with flood or drought. In another words, it is very difficult to 
establish any scientific evidence that the natural disasters were 
caused by climate changes. Even the scientists couldn't agree among 
themselves on the right causes. So the "Connection" part may not be 
there at all. 
> 
> I'm not sure if other teams were facing the same problem. Any 
suggestions to help us back on the right track would be highly 
appreciated. 
> 
> Nick 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Stephanie Ennis <[log in to unmask]> 
> Date: Monday, September 15, 2008 10:12 am 
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] FW: FLL in Virginia Area 
> 
> >> Does anyone know the date of the tournament in November in >> 
Stafford, VA? 
>> 
>> Thank you >> 
>> Stephanie M. Ennis, Science Department Head 
>> Battlefield Middle School 
>> 11120 Leavells Road 
>> Fredericksburg, VA 22407 
>> 540-786-4400 ext. 2104 
>> [log in to unmask] >> 
>> "There is no better high than discovery." 
>> -E.O. Wilson 
>> 
>> "Teaching should be such that what is offered >> is perceived as a 
valuable gift and not a hard duty." 
>> -Albert Einstein 
>> 
>> >>>>> On 9/10/2008 at 1:51 PM, in message >>>>> >> 
<37BDD2FAF2AEAE459C
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, "Gatuku, Pankaja [USA]" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
>> Hi!, 
>> 
>> My son Shreyas is 11yrs old in 6th Grade studying in Eagle Ridge >> 
MiddleSchool located in Ashburn, VA. My phone number is 571-334- 
>> 6311. >> 
>> Do you have any openings in any existing team that he can join for 
the 
>> upcoming league. >> 
>> Thanks, 
>> Pankaja 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> >>>> 
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>>>> *From:* Swayne, Nick [mailto:[log in to unmask]] >>>> *Sent:* 
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 9:06 AM 
>>>> *To:* Gatuku, Pankaja [USA] 
>>>> *Cc:* Grove, Ralph F. 
>>>> *Subject:* RE: FLL in Virginia Area 
>>>> 
>>>> Pankaja, 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks for the note. There are a lot of dynamics that go into >>>> 
forming 
>>>> >>>> >>> >>> >>>> teams so it is sometimes difficult to join an 
existing team. 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Truly the best way if for you to organize a team in your >>>> >> 
neighborhood 
>> >>>> or contact your son's school to see if they have a school >>>> 
 >> sponsored >> >>>> team. The next best option is to send a note out 
to the VA-DC >>>> >> FLL >> >>>> list-serve with your general 
geographic area and contact info. >>>> >> All >> >>>> th
e Virginia 
coaches and tournament directors are on the list- 
>>>> >> serve.>> If they have an opening they'll contact you. 
>> >>>> 
>>>> You can get on the list-serve by contacting Ralph Grove at >>>> 
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Nick 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> *From:* Gatuku, Pankaja [USA] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] >>>> 
*Sent:* Tuesday, September 09, 2008 5:23 PM 
>>>> *To:* Swayne, Nick 
>>>> *Subject:* FLL in Virginia Area 
>>>> *Importance:* High 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Hi!, I am interested in enrolling my son who is 11 years old in 
 >>>> >> the >> >>>> FLL he is very much interested in lego's always 
designs complex >>>> vehicles and structures, can you please send me 
more >>>> >> information on >> >>>> how to register or will he has to 
attend any classes in >>>> >> Virginia area 
>> 
>> >>>> before he joins FLL. 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> I saw on this website at: 
>>>> http://firstlegoleague.org/community/fll/schedule.aspx that >>>> 
 >> there is >> >>>> chance still for registration if the slots are not 
filled by >>>> >> mid >> >>>> September. Can you please send me more 
information. 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks, 
>>>> 
>>>> *Pankaja Gatuku* 
>>>> 
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>>>> 
>>>> Booz | Allen | Hamilton 
>>>> Information Services 
>>>> +1-703-984-1669 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> >>>> >>> -- 
>>> Ralph F. Grove Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate >>> >> 
Coordinator >> >>> James Madison University Department of Computer 
Science >>> [log in to unmask] >>> 540/568-6288 http://grove.cs.jmu.edu 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> >>> >> -- 
>> Ralph F. Grove Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator 
>> James Madison University Department of Computer Science >> 
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