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Why go over the dynameter?  (rolling bars)  There are numerous ways to
overcome the obstructions in the field...

 

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Kevin M Rose

Technology Education STEM Teacher

Nelson Middle School

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Lovingston, Virginia 22949

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From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Deborah A. Gribben
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2009 12:15 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] A few new coach questions

 

Are we the only team who can't figure out a way to get over the rolling
bars?  

Deborah A. Gribben

Grade 5 Teacher

Colonial Trail Elementary School

 

 

On Oct 5, 2009, at 9:05 PM, Wally Walter wrote:





With all due to respect to Nick Swayne, I would not diminish the basic
"tri-bot".  The Lake Anne Sea Monsters have made only minor
modifications to the basic design for the last three years and have done
very well in the robotics performance competition.  Good programming and
clever design of strategic objects will conquer virtually all of the
missions, including this year's dynamometer.  As coaches, our challenge
is to push the team to think creatively on solving the different mission
problems with the resources available and then refine the solutions to
work reliably.

 

Good luck,

 

Wally Walter

Co-coach

Lake Anne Sea Monsters

Team 1055


Oct 5, 2009 02:57:08 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:

	Laura/Danielle,
	
	This is really supposed to be fun for all. Don't dread the
robot!
	
	You'll see a lot of new teams at all 18 of the regional
competitions. There are more than 350 teams currently in the system and
I'd guess half of them are new to FLL.
	
	The fact that there are 4 components to the tournament really
levels the playing field for those who have never built robots before.
Lots of rookie teams build robots that look almost exactly like the
tri-bot in the instruction book and do just fine at the competition.
Some actually win because they concentrate on the teamwork and research
which account for 50% of the total. If the kids can explain their
experience level, design and programming well - they'll do fine there as
well.
	
	Also - if your robot holds the crash test figure for the entire
2.5 minutes and you don't knock over any of the penalty pieces, you'll
end up with 95 points.
	
	
	
	
	-----Original Message-----
	From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:
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	Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 2:29 PM
	To: [log in to unmask]
	Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] A few new coach questions
	
	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
	
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