A Fork in the Mat

Your team has (or maybe has not) qualified for a Championship Tournament… now what ?

For the past several weeks, many FLL teams have been involved in qualifying tournaments where some of the teams move on to the next level. The ‘fork in the mat’ for all of these competing teams is how they approach the direction their team takes after the tournament is over.

If your team qualifies to move on to the Championship Tournament, what is the next step?

One team I know has decided to take a well deserved break and relax over the holidays. Another team has told me that they are looking at the extended season as an opportunity to focus more time on their project and do more community presentations.

What if your team didn’t qualify? What are they going to do?

One team I spoke with decided to have their “end of season” party and start looking forward to next year’s challenge. Another one has graduated from FLL and are looking at starting a FIRST Tech Challenge team. Yet another team I know isn’t going to skip a beat — and plan to continue with weekly meetings and scheduled presentations.

What will your team do?

3 Responses

  1. Our team set a goal of 400 by regionals and thee 400s by state. We won the champion’s at regional but didn’t come close to our best score and then we did very well at state, but still didn’t get a 400. Upon arriving home, one of our captains said “We are not done yet, we did not achieve our goal.” So we will keep working until we get a reliable 400 robot.

    And then I’ve challenged the kids to make a new robot that takes the field from 400 condtion and puts it back to the starting point. Think about it. Very, very hard!!

  2. My team is going to take a break until mid Jan., then we are regrouping and creating our own matt of activity. We are focusing on FFA – farming, etc. We will create our matt, have it made by someone and then the kids will decide what will happen at each spot, divide into about 5 groups of 2 and then each pair gets a robot to create and complete the course they developed. They are looking forward to this. One of our kids is a member of FFA and is doing a science project for the fair and will incorporate this robotic board and the robot they develop.

    Pat Clark

  3. My team has decided to go with a new robot design. Essentially, we are starting from scratch on our robot. Our research is solid and just working to make everything better. At the same time we are going to enjoy holiday break and take it easy so time is our enemy.

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