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Can anyone post pictures of the set up as we do not have our mat / set up kit yet.
 
Mike
WAFFLEBOTS!

On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 5:17 PM, Andy Traiger <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I noticed a difference in the mat as well.  On the positive side, the mat is much less "sticky."  If you take a rounded smooth LEGO piece (such as was on the bottom of last years bone repair mission) and drag it across the new mat, you'll find it will glide smoothly.  If you do the same test on last year's mat, you'll find that it is much more difficult to slide.  A lot of robots have two drive wheels and slider(s).  My hunch is that these types of robots will benefit from the slider moving easier across the new style mats.  At this point, I'm not sure how the wheel traction will compare between the old and new style mats.

Andy Traiger


On the negative side of things, the mat doesn't appear to be as strong as previous year mats.  When you set up the "Contamination risk" mission models with the Dual Lock; you'll notice that these models lean a bit which distorts the mat substantially.  I'm curious if this distortion of the mat will get worse over the course of the season/


On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 7:48 AM, Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
The mat this year is very different. It feels thicker and has a textured matte surface on both sides.  Should stay in place. Seems to lay down flatter right away.  Maybe this will be a great change.  Traction should improve for sure but that will also affect battery usage.

Eric



On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
The mission kit and map just arrived. Did not look at the pdf files or the mat yet. But we are really excited. the kids will start tonight building this years challenge missions.


Eric Palmer
Team #7
The Rainbow Cows
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On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 3:28 PM, Daniel & Missi Lackas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I think it's wonderful. The kids can have plenty of time to build the kit and start trying to figure out how to solve the mission right away! Last year we didn't get started until mid September. So I am very very pleased.

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>OMG - I'm not ready   8~(
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>From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Palmer
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>Getting excited now. FIRST posted a charge to my credit card yesterday for the mission kit and mat. I'm assuming it is now shipping.  The team can't wait.
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>Eric Palmer
>Team #7
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