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Thanks to everyone for their feedback and and advice. I have a rookie team
(except one person) and when they were first working on one of the missions,
they impacted the wall again and again (in ways that would not be useful),
because of programming and robot design issues and it fell apart a few
times. (came off the dual locks and some pieces disconnected).  They now
have programs that behave better.
 
We have put the pieces back together and can use the walls as 'navigational
aids' now without damaging the walls.  At least so far. My concern is that
with repeated runs on the table it may be harder and harder for the referees
to put them together reliably.  
 
I just tried Steve's suggestion to place a quarter under the wall to aid in
pressing the pieces back together and it worked well.  Thanks Steve.
 
I'm going to think about this over the weekend.  I have gone back and read
the rules again and will do so several times.

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Eric F. Palmer
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From: Sonya Shaver [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 12:35 AM
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Guide wall problems


Hi all,
We haven't had a problem with this yet, even driving a robot over the wall.
Eric, what is it that you are doing that is causing this to happen?  I would
submit it to the Q&A blog, because if it is a universal problem,  then maybe
they will make a ruling on it. What do you think about that Steve? 

Sonya Shaver
Nanobots in Harrisonburg


On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 9:53 PM, Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


Problems with the yellow guide walls persist. After repeated runs with our
robot the walls are not holding up and are hard to get firmly back together.

The problems is that the Velcro like material lifts the sections it is
adhered to and the other sections are now not at the same level.  We can fix
this at the home table (use more of the Velcro like stuff, or glue the
pieces).  But I'm concerned that at tournament the walls are going to get
destroyed and be hard to put together well and in a timely way.

Are you having problems with the guide walls as well?  Do you have
solutions?

Eric Palmer
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FLL 2009 Team 956 Coach
FLL 2009 Team 882 Mentor
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