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Barry Wilbanks <[log in to unmask]>
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The point regarding the challenge specifically NOT about global warming or climate change was made by FLL officials when the challenge was "unveiled" to the partners.  The statement was made in order to head off the exact discussions that are occuring now.

I tried to be clear earlier with the "NOT" part of the statement in my email but was apparently unsuccessful.

Using a broad analogy, doing the global warming thing this year would be similar to doing a presentation about the Universe during the Mission to Mars challenge.  Interesting perhaps, but not on topic and therefore subject to markdown from a judging perspective.

I have every faith that teams who read what is there will be able to figure this out and produce remarkable results if they really focus.

After all, it's called a Challenge, not a gimme...  : >

Regards,

Barry

--- On Mon, 9/22/08, Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Project Dilemma
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Monday, September 22, 2008, 10:45 AM
> I read Barry's statement to say it doesn't *need* to
> be about Global Warming, not that it *cannot* be. If that
> helps.
> --
> Phil Smith III
> Virginia State Judge Advisor, 2007
> Judge Advisor, Northern Virginia Regional tournaments, 2006
> Division 1 Judge Advisor, Virginia State tournament, 2006
> 
> Coach, The Capital Girls, Oak Hill (retired)
> Team 1900 (2002)
> Team 2497 (2003)
> Team 2355 (2004)
> Team 1945 (2005) 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: First Lego League Discussion
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael
> Blanpied
> Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 10:20 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Project Dilemma
> 
> 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.
> 
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