Well, hopefully this is the place to ask these questions. I'm sure someone will chime in if it isn't.
I'm looking to start an FLL at my son's middle school here in Spotsylvania, VA. I'm in the very beginning stages of this right now - talking with the school's Principal and doing a lot of reading. All of this is new to me. Of course, funding will be a BIG challenge. Realistically, we probably won't get going until the beginning of the school year (late August) though I might be able to get an informational meeting put together before the school lets out for summer.
What is a reasonable timeline for a new team and a new coach? Can I realistically assemble the team when school starts in the Fall and meet once a week after school and have sufficient time?
I'm hoping to come up with funding for at least two robots. Should this drive the number of team members? Should I limit the team size to < 10 in this case? I'd hate to turn anyone away who is interested but I'm wondering if logistically too many kids and not enough robots will be a problem. It would seem that 5 kids to 1 robot would be too high, but I don't know that for a fact.
Are there any clinics or meetings that would be useful for a new coach to attend within 50 miles of Fredericksburg, VA? I see there is an expo in D.C. in May. Looks interesting. Do I have to have registered as a team prior to attending? Not sure we'll have funding worked out by then.
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes
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