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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:
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> 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.
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> Does anyone know why this change was made?
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> Sincerely,
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> Bob Henshaw
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>
> 2007-8 Team Mind Machine
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> 2009 Team Rockin Robots
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> 2010-11 Team Dr Dangerous
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> 2011-12 Team Dynamite
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> 2013-15 Team Dynamite Twisters
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