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Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]>
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Sonya Shaver <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:59:11 -0400
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Hi Frank,
Ours works fine, without any problems, so I would suspect that you don't
have it built quite right.  Do you have the tire on the back side of it
(the side opposite the pinwheel that you're supposed to turn)?  The tire
provides the weight, and if we were to take the tire off of ours, it
wouldn't work correctly.

I would probably go back and try to rebuild it.

Good luck,
Sonya



On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM, Frank Levine <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Hi,
>   We've been trying to get the engagement model to function properly and
> we're having a tough time.  The problem seems to be that there is not
> enough weight on the top of the model to keep the gears engaged.  We can
> spin the pinwheel and watch the gears slip past each other, resulting in no
> movement on the scoring dial.
>   I have checked the updates to both the building model and scoring, From
> what I can tell the scoring is based on the number of 90 degree turns that
> you spin the pinwheel.  The method used to determine how many turns have
> been recorded is to use the dial.  Is this a problem with our model build?
>  Are others having this problem as well?  Am I interpreting the scoring
> incorrectly?  Will we get points based on the number of turns that we
> complete, regardless of if the dial moves? Will the Judges be watching for
> malfunctions?
>
> Thanks,
> Frank Levine
>
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