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Expect the Unexpected - Five Tips when Competing
Using the knowledge that we gained from today's competition, our team came up with a list of five things that we needed to check before each round.  We have decided to share that list with other teams so that they can also be prepared.
1.        Make sure that the Individual Atom Manipulation is set up properly with a white atom in the north-east corner
2.        Double check that the elevator is set up correctly, making sure that the elevator isn't jammed in between blocks
3.        Try to do a visual check to see if the mat is uneven
4.        Do a quick check over the field to see if all of the missions have been completely set up.
5.        At every competition they play really loud music.  In some cases, depending on where the competition is being held, the floor vibrates and the robot moves more than intended.  Try to have a backup plan, either in aiming or in programming.

Posted by Wendy at 10:01:00 PM on 11/12/2006

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Expect the Unexpected - Five Tips when Competing

Using the knowledge that we gained from today's competition, our team came up with a list of five things that we needed to check before each round.  We have decided to share that list with other teams so that they can also be prepared.
1.        Make sure that the Individual Atom Manipulation is set up properly with a white atom in the north-east corner
2.        Double check that the elevator is set up correctly, making sure that the elevator isn't jammed in between blocks
3.        Try to do a visual check to see if the mat is uneven
4.        Do a quick check over the field to see if all of the missions have been completely set up.
5.        At every competition they play really loud music.  In some cases, depending on where the competition is being held, the floor vibrates and the robot moves more than intended.  Try to have a backup plan, either in aiming or in programming.

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