And it is perfectly fine for the team to ask the referee to show them that
the bulb side is facing south.
VA-DC FLL Referee Advisor
On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM, Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]>
> If the field is correctly set up, the bulb will face south.
> (Rules page 9, Mission Model Arrangement and Setup, description of Box
> The team may ask the referee to double-check that models are correctly set
> up (rule 37), but themselves they may only inspect the field visually (rule
> On Monday, November 10, 2014, Tchow222 <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Can the children check the box to make sure the lightbulb is facing a
>> certain direction inside the box before the round starts?
>> Nancy Nguyen
>> -Sent from my iPad
>> On Nov 10, 2014, at 3:54 PM, Stephen Scherr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Let me provide an official response to Antony's question:
>> He asks: if the robot grabs the black reverse engineering basket
>> containing the original reverse engineering model and gets stuck outside
>> Base carrying the basket back to Base, can the team rescue the robot and
>> get a Robot Penalty? The answer is Yes. (Rules 43, 42, 26)
>> In addition, he asks--what happens to the basket with the original
>> reverse engineering model?
>> A) does it go to Base with the Robot? (No)
>> B) does it get left on the field at the spot of the touch? (No)
>> C) does it get reset to its original position (No)
>> the correct result is
>> D) The basket and contents are removed by the referee from the field,
>> and taken out of play. No points can be earned for the Reverse Engineering
>> mission when this happens.
>> As Fredrik noted, since the robot is moving the basket, then the basket
>> is Cargo (Rule 16)
>> When you touch the robot and it has Cargo completely outside Base, then
>> there is a Cargo Penalty (Rule 44). The penalty is that you lose the Cargo
>> that your robot picked up outside Base.
>> Is this a bad thing? Your team has two choices--
>> 1) it may leave the robot where it is and not score any more points.
>> 2) it may rescue the robot and try to score more points.
>> Either way, the team doesn't score any points for Reverse Engineering, so
>> that shouldn't be a factor in deciding whether to rescue the robot or not.
>> Bottom line--your team gets three chances to earn its best single match
>> score. That's all that counts. Doing poorly in one match is okay, if it
>> allows you to learn and try stuff that helps you to earn more points in a
>> later match.
>> Our goal is for the teams to show us what they can do. Not having the
>> robot do anything is only okay when the team doesn't have anything else
>> that it can do.
>> Steve Scherr
>> VA-DC FLL Referee Advisor
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