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Rich Tate <[log in to unmask]>
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Rich Tate <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:49:43 -0400
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Andrew,
I looked at peeron.com and the educational kit 9797-1 contains 3 NXT to 
RCX connectors(part # x1676).  Combining these with 2 NXT motors and the 
NXT brick will let you snap between motor number 3 and motor number 4 on 
the field.  If you do not have these search for a seller at brickmaster.com.

Rich Tate
(Coach 2007-2012)
On 10/14/2013 8:11 PM, Glenn Roberts wrote:
>
> This sounds like a "teaching" opportunity.  Treat this as a real world 
> engineering challenge -- how can you redesign the robot so that one of 
> the standard cables will do the job?  By imposing a constrained set of 
> materials (standard LEGO parts) the contest enforces real world 
> engineering limitations that must be accommodated.
>
> -Glenn Roberts
>
> -(former FLL coach)
>
> *From:*First Lego League in Virginia and DC 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *VA/DC Referee Advisor
> *Sent:* Monday, October 14, 2013 5:06 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: [VADCFLL-L] cable extenders
>
> The rule about what you can use is:
>
> Rule 4--Equipment
>   * EVERYTHING - Everything you use in the competition area directly 
> or indirectly for strategy (mission-related activity) must be made 
> entirely of LEGO-manufactured elements in original factory condition.
>
>   So, if you can find an appropriate adapter that is manufactured by 
> LEGO, then it would be allowed.  I don't know if there are any such 
> items.  I did a quick check at BrickLink, and didn't see anything 
> right away.  I have seen some very long wires, which might serve the 
> same purpose.  Be careful, though--sometimes teams have to be creative 
> to keep excess wire from spilling away from the robot and messing 
> things up!
>
> Steve Scherr
> VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor
>
> On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM, Andrew Iodice 
> <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
> Our team would like to use a forth motor but the connectors are deep 
> within the bot.  Would it be allowed for my team to use an adapter to 
> connect a wire coming from the NXT 2 controller to allow connection 
> from the top of the bot during the tournament?  I was considering 
> female-to-female connector that has one line coming from the NXT 2 to 
> the top of the bot.  The connector would allow a quick 
> connect/disconnect during the tournament since there are only three 
> ports available with this controller but 4 motors are now allowed 
> during the tournament.
>
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