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DPRG: Contest and Practice Issues

Subject: DPRG: Contest and Practice Issues
From: James Vroman vroman at mail.airmail.net
Date: Mon Aug 16 07:58:02 CDT 1999

I have a meeting tentatively scheduled for next Monday the 23rd.

Can we push the contest a Month to see what happens??????

If given the opportunity would we consider holding some meetings at the
Science Place??????
Would we be willing to donate time to help act as tour guides on their
robotic display? 

David Philip Anderson wrote:
> Howdy
> Clay writes:
> > at the last meeting we asked Alan Sosby about this and the answer was no.
> >  He had repainted the floor himself and caught some flack for doing it
> Bummer!
> > Alan Sosby said that DPRG officers would need to meet with the president of
> > BPI to get permission to hold the contest there in September.
> <snip>
> > James Vroman mentioned that it might be possible to have the contest
> > at the Science Place.    James,  any news on this?
> Seems like there are two separate issues here:
> 1) Having a cool DPRG contest course (permanent or otherwise) that we can
> use for testing and evaluating during the year.  As JonWms wrote:
> > I'm working on an SX-based bot (using the
> > Parallax BoE-bot chassis, and I'd certainly like to test it before
> > embarassing myself publicly...
> as would we all!
> 2) Having a place to hold the upcoming contest.
> Looks like #1 will have to be on hold for a while.  Darn!  I thought this
> was a done deal.  Are we going to have to get special permission from BPI
> for each contest?  Perhaps advisory boards don't usually ask to bring a
> bunch of un-insured strangers into the city's facilities.  I wonder if there
> isn't there a warehouse or something downtown in need of a 501c occupant?
> Seems like #2 might be really nice at the Science Place if they are interested.
> I went by the Science Place last evening to see if they have a space that
> might meet our needs.  Mac Sudduth was not there but one of the exhibit
> personnel (Lynn Morris) took me around and we let the robot wander in the
> exhibit area for a bit.  Got lots of attention!  This seems like a natural.
> There is a space which Lynn said was not being used for the upcoming robot
> exhibit.  It is the room that currently has the two big parabolic reflectors
> ("whisper amplifiers") and the VandeGraf (sp?) Generator.  The room is about
> 36 feet by maybe 50 (couldn't tell exactly) and Lynn said it could be
> partitioned off from the foot traffic.  Plenty big enough for our carpet/walls
> and room for participants and contestants.  Might be pretty cool.
> I still have dreams of a permanent DPRG contest course somewhere that we can
> use year-round for testing, perhaps with a nice DPRG logo painted in the
> end-zone like professional sports!  Guess this will have to wait...
> cheers,
> dpa


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