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Mon, 5 Oct 2009 13:33:43 -0400
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1. Did I manage to send this to everyone on the listserve? I'm not  
sure I am posting correctly.

2. My team has decided to pick a challenge that feels fairly
complicated to me. The United States is their chosen community and
they are very concerned about fuel efficiency and the environment.
They have been focused on some alternative fuel sources, car design
and power sources. They have found a lot of interesting research on
what already exists, and in my opinion have brought up two ideas that
I think are innovative- but there is no way to prove they are
possible. Every now and then a team member will say "that won't work"
and I've been reminding them that all things that have been invented,
we would have never imagined we would have today and started with
imagination. Can the innovative part of their research be primarily
imagination based?

3. I am feeling a little nervous as our team seems to be having
trouble deciding on the basic robot design- I have tried to steer them
towards focusing on a certain mission and what does the robot need to
look like to complete that. I feel like this particular challenge has
more obstacles than others I've seen- just to get access to missions-
seems like it's harder for a simple first time team robot to work in
these situations.

Our team is having fun- I'm just feeling the time ticking away-and I'm
thinking they are going to start to feel some frustration if we don't
get closer to accomplishing a mission,
Laura Dysart, Richmond, VA

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