I have seen some responses that suggested modifing the trailer to make the
back wheels touch the matt. Are the kids allowd to add lego peices to lift
the trailer? I thought I saw a rule stating that we can not modify the
On Nov 18, 2011 4:16 PM, "VA/DC Referee Advisor" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> there have been several responses to this question today and none
> are complete. There are three reasons why the trailer in its starting
> condition does not count for scoring mission points. They all come
> from the Field Setup. They are because of something that isn't there,
> something that might be there, and something that is there.
> 1) The meat does not start in the trailer. It starts in Base, per
> the Field Setup.
> "Meat & Fish – The crate of meat goes in Base, and the fish go exactly
> on their marks east of Base."
> 2) The trailer wheels need to touch the dock north of the white line
> to earn the points. This may or may not be the starting position,
> depending on the size of the table. Remember, the Field Setup tells
> us that the mat is flush to the south wall, so there should be a gap
> between the edge of the mat and the north wall. The starting position
> of the trailer is touching the wall (Field Setup, again). I can say
> that I've seen three sets of tables so far this season, and the front
> wheels have been touching the dock north of the the white line on all
> of them--but this is not guaranteed to be the case at your tournament.
> It is worth noting that the definition of "touching" says that any
> actual amount of direct contact will do. So, yes, any wheel on the
> trailer, any bit touching north of the line.
> "Refrigeration Trailer – The back of the white refrigeration trailer
> is pushed against the north border wall, between the two center
> fences, centered on its marks."
> 3) The Field Setup directs that 2 red bacteria start in the trailer.
> This violates the scoring condition that there be "no germs inside",
> and is clearly the hardest condition to change just using the robot.
> "Bacteria & Virus (Germs) – Bacteria go in the dispensers in the
> quantities and locations shown, except all yellow go in Base, and two
> red go in the refrigerated trailer. Eight virus go with the greens and
> eight with the pinks."
> So the answer to the iBots question is: "no, definitely not--it does
> not score as is."
> Steve Scherr
> VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor
> On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM, Cathleen Maloney
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > I just want to make sure that our team is not missing anything on the
> > Refrigerated Ground Transport mission. Is it safe to say that the
> > in its original starting position satisfies the criteria for the mission
> > option to have the trailer with the meat inside, no germs, with any of
> > wheels touching the port dock north of the white line?
> > Cathleen Maloney
> > Lunsford iBots - #4906
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