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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 07:33:29 -0500
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Hi Jennifer,

Unfortunately, if they don't remove the yellow pipe, they will not be able
to do "M10 - PIPE REPLACEMENT" at all, as the blue pipe has to be in
full/flat contact with the mat to score.  If their program which does the
pipe replacement mission also does other missions, and the team thinks it
is a possibility that their robot won't reliably get the yellow pipe out of
the way, I would suggest writing a backup program that cuts out the pipe
replacement mission.  That way, in the moment, the technicians can make the
decision to change programs during the match and can still get the other
points that program intended to do if they weren't able to remove the
yellow pipe.

Also, if they have time, they can always run a program again.  If, for
example, their robot missed the grabbing the yellow pipe, but it is still
in place, they could try again.  That is part of the strategy that the
technicians can think about.  It is important for them to know all of the
rules and how many points each mission is worth so they can make those
risk/benefit decisions on the fly.  Have them think through different
scenarios and what they would do.  "If X happens, and we have time, we can
try Y or Z."  Although, sometimes things just happen that you didn't plan
for, and that is part of the game, too.  If they know that a program is not
always reliable, it is good to have a backup plan.

Good luck to your team!
Best,
Sonya

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