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Ralph Grove <[log in to unmask]>
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The bin is a great idea, but I would advise checking with your local 
tournament director before bringing your own folding table. The rules
specify what robot parts may be brought to the competition table, but I
don't recall seeing any mention of a portable table. Some tournaments
may not have space for this.

Ralph Grove

KevinHines wrote:
> Michael,
>
> Bringing a small, folding table to the competition's robot performance table
> is an excellent technique and it's both legal & recommended in FLL. My FLL
> team has been doing for this years; I believe I learned this idea at an FLL
> coach's workshop 3 years ago.
>
> It is also recommended to use a plastic bin to carry the robot at the
> tournament, and to have the team set the bin upon the small folding table
> next to the robot competition table. We put a row of self-adhesive, felt
> pads all along the four edges of the small table, to decrease the chance of
> the plastic bin being bumped off of the small table.
>
> Additional pointers: Always have a designated team member carry the robot in
> the bin, and another designated team member carry & set up the small,
> folding table near the base area next to the big robot performance table.
> Same thing goes for carrying the robot & all props to & from the judging
> sessions; always have a designated person for each role, so that nothing is
> forgotten. The designated person for each role can change between robot
> rounds, so that everyone who wants a turn can have a chance to do one of
> these jobs.
>
> The robot itself, plus attachments, etc., can all be stored in the plastic
> bin, on top of the small folding table, until each item is needed, during
> the robot performance rounds.
>
> I hope that all made sense! :-)
>
> Good Luck,
> Kevin
>
> Kevin Hines
> Coach, Colonial Elementary, Blue Ridge, VA
> [log in to unmask]
> www.RoanokeRobotics.org
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: First Lego League Discussion
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Michael Blanpied
> Sent: Saturday, November 01, 2008 4:46 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] May the team bring a small table to the match?
>
>
> Karen, Phil,
>
> The new Housekeeping rule, that only the two kids at the table may
> hold competition objects, has a significant effect on the match
> logistics for some teams.
>
> Will a team be permitted to bring a small table to the competition
> room? Our team would like to set a small table next to the robot
> table, on which to place attachments and loose mission models during
> the match. I know they're permitted to bring a box, so in effect this
> is asking if that box may have a team-supplied table underneath it.
>
> --
> Thanks,
> Mike Blanpied
> Reston, VA
> 2006 Nano People #4809
> 2007 Power Bunnies #1666
> 2008 BLT (Brilliant Lego Team) #5013
>
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Ralph F. Grove, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor
James Madison University Department of Computer Science

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