January 21, 2005, 9 am to 6 pm
This is the scheduled event time for the public. Specific
times to attend are listed below.
Specific buildings to be announced. I will forward this
in a follow-up email.
Parking at UMBC should not be a problem. All
meters and student parking lots will be open without payment. In
effect, you can park in any space at UMBC unless it is marked
handicapped or for employee parking.
Arrive 7:45 ish
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- Information Technology and Engineering (ITE) Building
Initial three competition rounds will be held in this
- University Center
The pit area and final 16 rounds to the end will be held in
the Ballroom (third floor) in this building.
- Engineering Building
- Academic IV
Teams will arrive at the grounds no later than 7:45 to
Teams should report to University Center to check in
on Saturday morning and get your pit assignment. The
registration table will be on the 3rd floor right
outside of the Ballroom.
We will be using University Center, the ITE building,
the Engineering building, and Academic IV for the
competition. A campus map can be found here:
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Throughout the morning there are various public events.
That is, if you just want to see how the competition
looks you can watch the practice rounds that will go on all
The actual competition begins after lunch. Each team
will have three opportunities to get the highest score
Please make sure all team
members, advisors, coaches, and spectators who come to the event
understand that there is no flash photography or auto-focus for
still or video cameras allowed at the event. Flash photography
can affect robots using light sensors and auto-focus uses
infra-red detection which can trash the program on an RCX.
Please let everyone associated with your team know of this
restriction ahead of time. Flash photography will be allowed at
the closing ceremony only. It is not to be used at any other
time during the day.
Many, many people have contributed to the Maryland FLL
program this year. All of the volunteers you will see on the
21st, all of the companies who have provided the money, the
folks at UMBC, and any number of other people have made this
program possible. 99% of them have done it for a t-shirt and a
hand-shake. Please keep this in mind when things go wrong (and
when they go right) on tournament day. A thank you from one of
your kids or yourself to a sponsor or volunteer would be greatly
appreciated, and will go a long way in securing the future of
this program in our state.
SERVICES WILL BE
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
All campus food services will be open. The dining
hall at UMBC will be opened on tournament day. They are
preparing a selection of breakfast and lunch items that
will be on sale the day of the event.
teams will be bringing their lunches. If you are
planning to come to watch for the day you will want to
bring food or buy meals.. The parking will be very tight
so you will not want to leave and return.
We will have about 30 TechBrick round pins for you to
wear. We also have a large banner you can put up in the