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My $0.02 - this is a good change.  If teams want to meet over the summer,
they can build their new robot and work on different ways of solving last
year's missions.  Releasing building instructions + challenge at the same
time is much more fair IMHO.

-Frank


On Sun, Aug 2, 2015 at 7:59 PM, Amy [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Someone left a post in the forums that said they had emailed FIRST abt it
> and was told that it had to do with the kits shipping out late. Their email
> stated that if they decided that enough kits had shipped they would release
> the instructions sooner, but for now they were sticking with the 25th.
>
> ------------------------------
> * From: * Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]>;
> * To: * <[log in to unmask]>;
> * Subject: * Re: [VADCFLL-L] field kit assembly?
> * Sent: * Sun, Aug 2, 2015 8:53:20 PM
>
> FLL hasn't disclosed why they made the change.
>
> I'm guessing that they wanted to level the playing field, so to say,
> between teams that practice year-round (or otherwise get rolling as
> soon as they receive the field setup kit in late July), and teams like
> mine that don't get started until school begins in September.
>
> Once you have built the models, you can usually guess where they will
> be located and how they function, so if your team builds them and
> starts practicing for the expected challenges now, they gain a major
> advantage over teams starting a month later.
>
> Particularly here in Virginia, where the season is very short.
>
> On Sun, Aug 2, 2015 at 4:11 PM, Bob and Ann Henshaw <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > VADCFLL coaches:
> >
> >
> >
> > Just opened our newly arrived field kit last night and was surprised to
> find
> > out that there are no assembly instructions. The FLL competition web site
> > indicates that building instructions will be released with the challenge
> on
> > Aug 25th.
> >
> >
> >
> > Does anyone know why this change was made?
> >
> >
> >
> > Our home based team, which only meets during the competition season, has
> > always used the assembly process as a way of recruiting and introducing
> new
> > members to the team prior to the big kickoff. We cancelled 3 scheduled
> > meetings as a result of this change.
> >
> >
> >
> > Although this will be our last year as a team (everyone is growing up too
> > fast J), I would like FLL to reconsider this change in the hope that it
> will
> > help other teams in the future. Would appreciate knowing what the
> coaching
> > community thinks.
> >
> >
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Bob Henshaw
> >
> >
> >
> > 2007-8 Team Mind Machine
> >
> > 2009 Team Rockin Robots
> >
> > 2010-11 Team Dr Dangerous
> >
> > 2011-12 Team Dynamite
> >
> > 2013-15 Team Dynamite Twisters
> >
> >
> >
> >
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