We have a 5th-grade student on our FLL robotics team who loves working with his teammates when preparing for the upcoming “Cargo Connect” challenge. However, we have noticed that whenever his team’s robot fails to complete a challenge on our test table, he can get very upset about it. He keeps telling his teammates that he might quit FLL if they all lose the upcoming competition season. I keep reminding him that FLL isn’t about winning, and that even if his team doesn’t win, the most important thing is to have fun while competing. I also keep telling him that sportsmanship is key to success, and its important to handle both winning and losing graciously.
I have also spoken to his parents about the behavior he is displaying in our robotics club, and they said they have been reminding him about gracious professionalism at home as well. They also said that they have been practicing winning and losing with their student by playing board games on weekends. Yet the student still continues to display signs of ungracious behavior whenever his team undergoes failure with their robot.
After I reported his behavior for the fourth time in three weeks, his parents told me to warn him of potential consequences that could follow if he does not show gracious professionalism at the upcoming competition in the fall. I have checked the official FIRST LEGO League website, and there isn’t much information there about consequences that could follow for not showing gracious professionalism, especially when losing a competition.
I’m all out of ideas. What do you think I should tell him?