I echo paragraph 3 below, although a "little nervous" doesn't quite capture my feeling of dread. I read somewhere we should have our base robot done and be working on programming by now. We can't even get something across the rollers that will still turn - forget programming!! My team is having fun, we are learning tons - I am losing sleep! Any suggestions would be appreciated!! Danielle Dash Stafford VA -----Original Message----- From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Laura Dysart Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 13:34 To: [log in to unmask] Subject: [VADCFLL-L] A few new coach questions 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 -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ADMIN-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html to subscribe. -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ADMIN-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html to subscribe.