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Jin and Michael are absolutely right about the field border and mat on the floor.  Another solution to building a frame is to use hinges in two opposite corners, which allows you to fold those pieces together for storage.  To connect the unhinged corners, you can use any number of hasps, trunk closures, etc., which can be bought for a few dollars each.  This provides some rigidity to the frame, without having to store a 4' x 8' structure anywhere.

Dee


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From: Michael Blanpied <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sat, Oct 24, 2009 12:20 pm
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Please support shool based program by simply providing this!

Good advice, Jin.

Walls can be produced from three 2x4 boards (one of them cut in half), which are available fairly cheaply at chain home improvement stores. Home Depot has them for $1.82 each; be sure to select straight, untwisted boards. Add a four-pack of steel corner brackets with screws for about $5, for a total cost of about twelve bucks. (Or use a more make-shift corner solution--the only requirement is that the walls be held square. A private lumber yard would charge more for the wood, but might take kindly to the idea and donate board.

Mike

Dear VA DC FLL Community -
 
In the last couple of days I happend to be invited by truly wonderful teachers who run the FLL program to speak to team members, parents in the FLL meetings.
 
Each team either is buidling or has built the base robot, and field models, and they are excited and they want to work on the Challenge!
 
However, they don't have FLL tables, and teachers don't have resource to build a table.
 
Here is my makeshift solution -
 
The classroom floor or hallway floor are perfect surfaces to host the field mat - that's what we did during the meetings.
 
Only must-have parts of the table is the "board walls"!
 
Here is my proposal:
 
Dear teachers and school activity specialists - if you have the situation as I described, please voice your need to this list - call out for help! Without the "board walls" your team is in sevre disdvantage, you and your team deserve better!
 
Once people in this community is aware of your need, I am fully confident that they will step in to help!
 
The turneys is just about 2 to 3 weeks away, please take action immediately, eveyone!
 
Jin


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