2019 REC Foundation Event Partner Summit

I think we all know who you’re talking about here, and I can guarantee you that we don’t know half the story. One side shared a version of events that put them in the best light, and the other side couldn’t comment. So let’s not make assumptions or blanket statements here.

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Note how I said “interpretations” and “teams”. This has happened more than once, and I just want to see that activity prohibited. I’m not throwing shade or trying to shame anyone.

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I think we can all get back on topic here, anyone excited from any of today’s news?

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And which news was that? I’ve been watching and didn’t see anything really exciting other than they formalized the process for certification of refs, and made it mandatory for State/Region/World Championships.

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Well… all these are consider as news to me. Lol…

Depends on what you consider exciting -

  • two more divisions each for Middle and High School VRC
  • judge certification program (coming)
  • EP certification program (coming)
  • V5 Educator certification program
  • VEXIQ Educator certification program
  • August release of VEXcode text for V5 and Blockcode for IQ (and if I heard correctly, Chromebook support)
  • Volunteer Management System

So from my perspective a number of good things - RobotMatter generating the online certification programs in a nice package. Pretty sure lots of nuggets for a number of people.

and a good discussion around notebook feedback with your pilot feedback you gave.

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I was also really excited to learn about Matlab programming and simulation options that I didn’t know existed. Very powerful.
Volunteer management system is pretty exciting and time-saving.
These are examples of two things I will put to use ASAP.

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Well… i am excited over the 2 more divisions each.
But anything mentioned abt whether it will be translated into more spots for smaller regions or any other regions for that matter…?

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I was just trying to get away from the other topic… But Some stuff is not relevant to all. @lacsap did list some of the major highlights, I am super happy to see VMS (volunteer Management system) come to light, a lot of work and time spent on that little nugget.

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I wish the audience microphones were louder / people would speak into them. I missed most of the comments.

I’m hoping (Hope is not an engineering strategy) that the extra division in MS will let us (Delmarva) send the tournament winners, not just the Excellence winner.

Since some of you are there and they now have all these great new systems I’d like to see that if a team can’t go from a State/Region that the Worlds invite then goes to a skills team in that State/Region before bouncing to the bigger pool of preregistered teams.

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I submitted a question about your third paragraph scenario - and we were told that we’d be provided responses in a googledoc. So stay tuned for the answer. However, I did have a side conversation from someone from RECF and got the impression that, regrettably, this would not change. I don’t like it either! A region essentially loses a slot if a team can’t go to worlds.

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I will add this to the point about it not changing, their is a spreed sheet (I argue should be public…) that has all the regions and the numbers and how they get the numbers from the pools. They use those spots as overhead, so if every region sent unique teams the numbers would be off and the event would almost be over filled. For that fact alone I do not see it changing, but I would love for them to share that sheet because it would clear things up to why regions get X amount of spots.

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The most we’ve been told is that it’s based on the previous years growth for a region, which I think is reaching a limiting point.

I don’t know of a better or more equitable way to do it, but I don’t think that’s the way.

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One item that no one mentioned yet is that the IQ field will expand from 4’x8’ to 6’x8’ starting with the '20-'21 season.

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But was anything mentioned about how the spots for the additional 2 divisions going to be distributed out?

“One item that no one mentioned yet is that the IQ field will expand from 4’x8’ to 6’x8’ starting with the '20-'21 season.”

Oh please, don’t do that. What a disaster that would be,

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Alas, it is to be …

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No. They said they haven’t done the recalculations for spots yet.

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Why! 4x8 travels better, fits more places, and is plenty large enough for two 11”x19” robots. My ES kids can barely reach across the current field!

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Agreed that a 4’ x 8’ field for IQ makes so much sense, they shouldn’t change it.

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