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That is such an inspiring story!  Thank you for sharing. 

Team STARS would also like to send a big thank you out to all of the judges, volunteers, and coaches who made the November 8th tournament at the USPTO a huge success. The referees were kind and patient in all of their responses to my rookie team questions. Our first experience FLL was inspiring and fun. We are definitely doing this again next year!!!

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> On Nov 15, 2014, at 7:23 PM, Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> What a great story!  Thanks for sharing!
> 
>> On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM, Robot Bill <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Kelly,
>>  
>> Thanks for asking this question. This gives me an opportunity to tell a bit of a story.
>>  
>> First of all, my answer: Yes, your robot can make all of the sounds it wants.
>>  
>> The answer to your question comes from Rule #2, bullet #2: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/sites/default/files/Challenge/FLL_WORLD_CLASS/FLL-WORLD-CLASS-Challenge-FINAL-v2.pdf 
>> 2 - Interpretation - Robot game text means exactly and only what it says, so take it literally whenever possible.
>> Do not interpret text based on your assumption about intent, or on how a situation might be in "real life."
>> If a detail isn’t mentioned, then it doesn’t matter.
>> There are no hidden requirements or restrictions. If you’ve read everything, then you know everything.
>> There is no mention of sound from the robot anywhere in the rules, so "it does not matter".
>>  
>> Now the story. I was at a FIRST LEGO League tournament where at team from the Maryland School for the Blind was participating. The students were, for the most part, not completely blind, but had significant visual handicaps that it made it extremely difficult for the team to read the robot screen during the competion. They overcame this obstacle by programming the robot to give it sounds in various stages of the robot programming. When their team came up to the competition tables, we turned down the music and requested that the teams and audience keep the noise down for that match to enable the team to hear the robot. It was a great experience for both the team and those that saw them compete.
>> 
>> Best of luck for your team this season!
>>  
>> Bill
>> 
>>> On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM, Kelly Abramson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Last minute rookie question:  My team is very focused on music (in fact, their research/project deals with learning music).  In programming the robot missions, they made the robot make a sound (a beep) after it completes several missions.  I don’t see anything against this in rules, but wondering if it might be considered a distraction to the other team at the robot table. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether I should encourage them to remove the sound from the robot missions?
>>> 
>>> Much thanks,
>>> Kelly Abramson
>>> Redstone Robotics #9433
>>> 
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