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  • OK, so why so quiet?

    I know priorities are around back-to-school plans right now, but not a single post about Replay? Has this site been abandoned?

  • #2
    Not abandoned, but it seems that interest is rather low.
    FIRST LEGO League Mentor and Referee/Head Referee since 2011.

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    • #3
      There are active discussions over in the Facebook group. Sadly, I do think that the number of participating teams will be substantially reduced this season.

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      • #4
        We're coming back, but with the registration date, not receiving our field kit yet, school starting late, and school being remote, we're going to be delayed.

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        • #5
          Maybe everyone is just getting off to a slower start. Maybe some are trying to figure out how the whole FLL thing is going to work in the current environment. I'll be honest, all I've done so far is look at the launch video. We will be starting a week or two late. Our school does have in-person classes, so I'm thankful for that. Hopefully that will continue.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nedcook View Post
            Maybe some are trying to figure out how the whole FLL thing is going to work in the current environment. .
            My regional partner sent this out a few months ago about possible tournament structures. Many of the schools in my area will be either online-only or hybrid, so figuring out how teams will work together may be a bigger challenge than the tournaments.

            FIRST LEGO League Challenge

            The competition structure of FLL Challenge can be somewhat easily re-imagined. Some possibilities include:
            • Completely Remote/Virtual - Teams would be judged and run their robot via a platform such as Zoom. Teams would follow a schedule, much like they do at an in-person event (although probably with less downtime). This would require teams to have access to a 4' x 8' space with the official FLL Challenge Kit and Mat, as well as the technology to connect to the internet with video.
            • Partially Remote/Virtual - Teams would judge remotely as described above but bring their robot to a location to run it live before a referee. These runs could be completed prior to the event (maybe in the evening) or the day of the event.
            • Limited In-Person Event - Teams would be scheduled in small groups to be on site in order to complete their judging and performance rounds. They would be then asked to leave and the next group would come in. This cycle continues until all teams have been seen.

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            • #7
              I am eagerly waiting to jump in. My school hasn't made any decisions about after-school programs. Therefore, we haven't even ordered our kit yet. I wouldn't be surprised if there are a lot of teams in the same position.
              Norfolk, Virginia, USA
              FLL Coach and Regional Tournament Head judge since 2014

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              • #8
                One of the coaches I know said that she found only 17 teams registered here in the East Texas Region (Houston area) when she searched through the FIRST website. I think there are normally a lot more teams registered by this time.

                FIRST may be trying to get rid of a lot of 2020 kits later...

                PS: It's good to see you back, David.

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                • #9
                  Our regional partner is now promoting a purely virtual alternative
                  https://hightechkids.org/coderz/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by philso View Post
                    FIRST may be trying to get rid of a lot of 2020 kits later....
                    FIRST must have realized the same thing. Sounds like teams can buy a second kit now.

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                    • #11
                      It's been very quiet. Too quiet.
                      FIRST LEGO League Mentor and Referee/Head Referee since 2011.

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                      • #12
                        It's still good to hear from all of you, glad you're alive and hope everything is well.

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                        • #13
                          For sure. I am really itching to get my team going. Last week and this were geared toward orientation at the school to get the kids all up to speed on the new rules. They also are doing some virtual days this week to shake the cobwebs out and test the systems. Hopefully next week we can get started.

                          Then you can expect to hear from me a lot more. You have been warned.
                          Norfolk, Virginia, USA
                          FLL Coach and Regional Tournament Head judge since 2014

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