Re: Rules for Lego Sumo
We're still doing Lego sumo in the pre-season. One rule not mentioned is the mandatory time delay between pushing start and the beginning of robot motion. I think the "real" rules specify a 5-second wait. This allows for radical designs to be started then placed on the table.
Also, we start with robots beside each other with the opponent on the right. I tried to get the kids to pay attention to starting position in their tactics by mentioning that the start is the only time you're really sure where the other guy is. They were still surprised when my machine eventually did a quick 180 and chased the other one off the board in the first 10 sec.. I pointed out that there was nothing keeping them from copying that tactic. SMOP - simple matter of programming.
I have some pictures about how to build a sumo table if any of you think you need them.
Coach, FLL#91 F L eLements
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