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Stuart Roll <[log in to unmask]>
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Stuart Roll <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 5 Nov 2008 11:23:30 -0700
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One of the schools I coach at has multiple teams.  An additional team
was added well after the season started, has rookie coaches and (mostly)
kids, was "stuck" with the old RCX kit, had troubles with RoboLab and
finding all the old sensors, didn't know what they needed to know but
didn't, etc., etc., etc.

The kids and coaches of that team are very discouraged about this year's
tournament w.r.t. the public robotics table competition.  They are
upbeat about doing robotics at school this next off-season and
participating properly in next year's FLL tournaments but they really
won't have anything to show off and be proud of at the robot
competition. (I know - we normally suggest they just do a couple of
missions and be proud of that but in this particular circumstance they
probably won't be able to do even that.)

They are willing, I think, to come to the tournament and participate in
the judged events (even showing their robot to the Robot Design judges)
if they can simply skip the table competition.  If that is not
permitted, they will probably choose to withdraw completely and simply
attend it to observe and cheer on others.

Does anybody know if this kind of partial participation would be
allowed?  They are scheduled for one of the Ashburn tournaments.

Stuart 

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