I spent a good part of the weekend getting the Food Factor field kit put together. While last year’s Body Forward involved a lot of precision, this year’s challenge involves a lot of maneuvering. All of the Dual Locked pieces create a bit of a maze. There really isn’t a straight shot to anything (except the blue ball).
A couple of notes about set up:
- Pay attention to the alterations to the Contamination Risk platforms. Without them, they won’t stand up on their own. Once the alterations are done, the lever pivot will sit right above the red ‘x’ on the mat.
- The fence posts will match the Dual Lock markings on the mat when they sit in one direction, but not the other.
- The Dual Lock in the pictures for attaching the import/export station to the North wall was too high for the wall. I just used the bottom Dual Lock squares and it seemed to work fine.
- You’ll need a scrap piece of 2×4 for the import/export station on the East side so that it mimics being attached to an opposite competition table.
Overall, I like this board the most of the ones I’ve seen over the last few years. It is simple and elegant. I’m hoping the team can create programs that are the same.
Many kids join Lego League to play with Legos so dedicate an entire meeting to building the mat models. It helps with team building and gets them working together. You won’t finish all the models in one meeting. You can either have another meeting to finish the builds, or finish them with your child. It’s good bonding time.
Here are some pics of my board: