Week 8 - Celebrate!

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Photo Credit: David McQuiggan
Celebrate, Week 8 of the FLL season is here and this may be your last week before the first local practice tournament.
As the first local practice tournament approaches it is a good idea for the coach and the team to review their objectives for their first tournament and go through a dress reheasal for all elements of the "World Class: Learning Unleashed" global challenge..
  • Check each mission model from the field kit is built correctly from the build instructions found on http://www.firstlegoleague.org and that the practice table, mat and field kit missions are setup correctly so there are no surprises when you get to the tournament.
  • Check the Robot Game Updates, Project Updates, and Judging FAQ pages of www.firstlegoleague.org to see if there are any last minute updates.
  • Review the judges' Rubrics one last time to make sure the team understands how they will be judged in all areas of the tournament.
Core Values
  • The FLL Core Values are the cornerstones of the FLL program. They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.
  • Review your tournament’s Core Values judging method with the team.
  • Remind team members to display the Core Values at all times while attending a tournament.
Robot Game
  • Fine tune the robot’s design and programming.  See if you can consolidate and simplify attachements to reduce time switching robot attachents while in base.
  • Make sure the robot can meet all goals consistently and within the 150 second robot game round time limit.
  • Verify that the robot fits in base with all attachemnts and strategic objects, including within the 12 inch height limit.
  • Make sure the team is comfortable with their presentation and that they can consistently set up and present in under 5 minutes.
Hold a dress rehearsal of all aspects of a tournament with parent volunteer “judges”:
  • — Timed matches for the Robot Game.
  • — Robot Design judging session.
  • — Project presentation.
  • — Core Values judging session.
Posted by David McQuiggan on Oct 21, 2014 8:00 PM Europe/London

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