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It seems odd that the kids aren't allowed to hold their own  
attachments.   I always thought that was good incentive to have teams  
swap in and out members thus giving all the kids a chance to  
participate.

They table idea sounds reasonable although I think splaying the  
attachments on the floor should do.


On Nov 1, 2008, at 7:17 PM, Ralph Grove wrote:

> 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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