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As a retired coach and project and robot design judge I think it is best not to be in the room. But you have to decide.  Sometimes a parent will come in and video it.  

I've had teams look at the coach and wait for guidance.  Some seasoned coaches come in and grab a seat and turn it around to face a wall.  This way they listen but don't have chance for eye contact. 4 teams we never had an adult in the room. Leaves no question, the answers belong to the team. 

Eric P

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On Nov 6, 2012, at 3:06 PM, Leigh Light <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> All,
> 
> It has been recommended to me by a couple of experienced coaches that
> it is best if no adults (no coach or historian) be present during the
> team’s project presentation.  The stated reason is that the team
> members sometimes look to the adults present for guidance, especially
> if it is their first time, and that this behavior can negatively
> affect their score.
> 
> Does anyone have a different opinion?
> 
> What about the Core Values and other sessions where the judges ask the
> team questions?  Is it best that no adults be present for these as
> well?
> 
> This is the first time my team and I have participated in an FLL tournament.
> 
> Thanks,
> Leigh Light
> 
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