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Can the teams affected by TJ exams lobby to have the exam dates changed?

On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM, Purna Alla <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thanks for the clarification Mark. I thought there must some very strong
> reasons for current schedule although had no privy to the underlying
> reasons until explained.
>
> Btw, I had awesome time as Judge this year. Thanks for the mentoring by
> Sam and You. I wanted to send her a thank you note, unfortunately I could
> not locate her email ID! :(
>
> Purna
>
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Mark Allen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>>
>> All;
>>
>> The VA/DC FLL Championship Tournament happens only with the amazing
>> support of James Madison University and the student volunteers.  The
>> tournament and activities are largely planned, organized, and staffed by a
>> leadership class in the fall semester and the success of this tournament
>> relies on this effort (VA/DC is simply too big not to have this level of
>> organization).  We've discussed moving the tournament back one week but we
>> run into the end of the semester and final exams so this is simply not
>> possible.  The timing constraints for moving this to a spring semester
>> class have been examined and it is not possible.  The issues and
>> interferences with FRC after the first of the year have also been discussed
>> and would further complicate the issue.  We have the gracious support of
>> JMU and TJ to work together in a way that every year has allowed students
>> to complete the TJ exams and participate in the VA/DC FLL Championship.  As
>> reinforcement of this, every member (according to the team) of our Division
>> II Champion's Award winning team this year took the TJ test.  This issue
>> has been reviewed thoroughly by the leadership of the VA/DC FLL
>> Organization on multiple occasions and the compromise worked out which
>> allows students to participate in both is still believed to be the best and
>> perhaps only option that allows us to continue to service the loyal FLLers
>> in the VA/DC region.
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Mark Allen
>> VA/DC Championship Head Judge
>>
>>  -----Original Message-----
>> From: Nagesh Chintada <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: VADCFLL-L <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Mon, Dec 5, 2011 2:03 pm
>> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Thank you!
>>
>> Desh
>> You bring up a great question about TJ exams. Your team's situation
>> regarding TJ Exam is unfortunately not unique. There is a high correlation
>> between teams that compete in FLL and team members that want to go to TJ,
>> both strong in S.T.E.M.
>>
>>  My team members who will be in the 8th grade next year are already
>> turned off at the prospect of TJ exam coinciding with FLL Championships,
>> and they are not sure if they want to come back to FLL next year as a team
>> due to the extra pressure this scheduling conflict creates.This is a
>> dilemma many teams face and is not unique to one team, since I know some
>> other kids who had similar issues.
>>
>>  *I would like to request VADCFLL to consider moving the competition a
>> week after the TJ Exams are done. I am sure this will help more DivII teams
>> show up and compete more fully.*
>>
>>  If there are more parents interested in such a change, I could setup a
>> separate list for that discussion. Please send me an email directly
>> [log in to unmask] if that makes sense,  instead of  sending to
>> this list , to avoid spamming everyone else who may not be as interested in
>> the issue.
>>
>>  Thank you
>> Nagesh
>>
>> On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 1:47 PM, Desh Deshmukh <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>
>>>    Entire weekend was amazing, probably better atmosphere then the
>>> Nationals and seeing so many amazing displays. costumes and game
>>> performances under one roof. Congratulations to all and recording 207 score
>>> Team 3070, Vienna Robotics and to X-Bots for 201.
>>>
>>> While the kids were competing, there was another game (Scheduling) was
>>> played in the pit area to find next available time slot.  Every ten minutes
>>> 12 table slots would fill within a second.  Hopefully the Harrisonburg HS
>>> Key club volunteers in the Pita area do a small write-up.
>>>
>>> My team had good number of visitors drop in and asking questions to team
>>> and few wanted to know about our RFID (Radio Frequency Identification
>>> Device) sensor solution for keeping Milk Ud Safe -  from the farm to table.
>>> Few individuals wanted to know the design specifics, which I can
>>> communicate privately. We are extending the project research for the Global
>>> Innovation award keeping Milk Cartons in the School cafeteria and homes
>>> safe from spoilage. Team had fun creating a RAP Milikway musical and
>>> sharing solution with many Safety experts including the ShenandoahPride Dairy Plant (supplier of  the Milk Cartons to the Schools in the
>>> Northern Virginia).
>>>
>>> Expect Unexpected.
>>>
>>> Few suggestions for the teams taking (TJ exam next year) and scheduling
>>> time session which may have caused my entire team to forfeit
>>> participating as we didn't reach till 2.45 PM on Saturday. If I would
>>> not have known Nick personally and giving him a heads-up and his
>>> graciousness saved our weekend. First TJ entrance exam started late at
>>> various NOVA centers (crowding) and second traffic was backed up for miles
>>> due to a car in flames on I-66 before Front Royal. Few team members from my
>>> team barely made on time for our first judging session. Our situationwas unique but a advise to communicate early with the tournament officials
>>> and plan.
>>>
>>> Start planning for 2012 challenge - "Senior Solutions"
>>>
>>> http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2012seniorsolutions
>>>
>>> Good Luck
>>>
>>> Desh Deshmukh
>>> Coach
>>> BGiRO Milkiway
>>>   *From:* Nagesh Chintada <[log in to unmask]>
>>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>>> *Sent:* Monday, December 5, 2011 10:06 AM
>>> *Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] Thank you!
>>>
>>>  Team X-BOTS would like to thank the VADCFLL Championship tournament
>>> organizers as well as the judges, referees and all the volunteers who put
>>> in a tremendous effort to make the VADCFLL Championships such an awesome
>>> event every year.
>>>
>>>  Congratulations to all the teams who competed so hard while being such
>>> gracious professionals. FLL has been a great learning experience for us,
>>> and I hope it's the same for all of the teams that come to the tournament.
>>> It was great to see so many teams from our schools in Northern Virginia at
>>> Rocky Run and Greenbriar West participate and win. Thanks to the judges for
>>> recognizing the amazing score of 201 in Robot Performance from team X-BOTS.
>>>
>>>  Hi fives to everyone
>>> --
>>> Nagesh Chintada
>>> Coach
>>> Team X-BOTS
>>>
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>>
>>
>>  --
>> Nagesh Chintada
>>
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