Re: Any tips for an "FLL World Championship" Newbie Team?
There is a community Facebook group for teams attending the event in St.Louis to share tips if you are interested in joining/posing your questions there.
1) Yes, there is a hotel booking site that will let you get a block of rooms. Hotels closer to the venue as well as further away have FIRST blocks.
2) Pits are 10ft X10ft with a low (2-3ft) curtain demarcating the area on three sides. There will be one table and a couple of chairs in each pit. Some teams have a canopy. Others are creative with balloons, flags, etc. Teams do have giveaways.
3) We have shipped the robot once. We have taken apart and packed in suitcases/hand carried once. We have driven once. Shipping the robot and taking on the plane just means that the team will have to make some time to reassemble and check. Shipping and airplane packing were fine overall, but despite best efforts (bubble wrap), a few pieces did fall apart. Some people invest in padded cases (like for expensive cameras) for their team's robot.
Originally Posted by Blasters
Coach for Not the Droids You Are Looking For (Droids Robotics) since 2011
Judge at Western PA, World Festival, Razorback Open
Head Referee, Western PA Championships