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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:48:33 -0500
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"This problem could easily be solved in the short term if every one of the
525 VA-DC FLL teams sent in $10 for a new set of high quality competition
tables..."

Fabulous idea, Kickstarter?
On Nov 10, 2014 10:30 AM, "Anant Narayanan" <
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> Niketa:
>
> On average, most team tables are better than the competition tables (the
> public property vs private property syndrome).  While it is good of you to
> try your approach, please don't rely on this too much.  You may want to
> coach your kids to be flexible and adapt to the circumstances quickly.  If
> they do this well, they will generally be able to improve their score from
> round to round during the competition day.
>
> If you need realistic tables, you would need to age relatively inexpensive
> competition tables in storage trailers for about 5 years, a process almost
> as hard as producing fine whiskey, especially if you want to replicate the
> microclimate of the parking lots, and the delicate warping produced by
> leaning tables at an angle against the wall for 11 months.
>
> None of this is the fault of the hardworking VA-DC FLL volunteers and
> organizers -- it is just competition reality.  FLL HQ in Manchester is
> seized of this problem and is currently collecting ideas for better tables.
>
> I haven't met many coaches who love the competition tables over their
> own.  This problem could easily be solved in the short term if every one of
> the 525 VA-DC FLL teams sent in $10 for a new set of high quality
> competition tables of standard design (preferably designed under the
> supervision of a committee of experienced coaches).  That is just $1 a
> child.  It is a pity that kids (especially beginner teams) must suffer for
> want of a nail ...
>
> One additional tip that may help this year is that the bounce
> characteristics of MDF is considerably different than gourmet plywood -
> important for the sports mission.  Is your team prepared to team adapt?  I
> think it would be legal to use the 1-min setup time before the round to
> test this characteristic on your specific table( if your team is using a
> bounce strategy) and adjust your program.
>
> Best of luck,
> Anant Narayanan
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Nov 9, 2014, at 5:59 PM, niketa ganju <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > I would like to see if any team can allow us to tryout our robot to
> perform some missions for testing. This is our first time to participate in
> FLL and the kids wanted to make sure their robot works on someone's else
> table.
> > We would really appreciate if someone can help us.
> > Thanks in advance for your help.
> > Niketa- The Master Builders team.
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
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