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Our team's experience is that it never goes straight and would change with each piece of attmt that you put on. So we try to use the landmarks on the table.

For the starting problem, you can always put a small delay as the first block so that the pressing of the button doesn't affect anything.

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> On Oct 26, 2015, at 9:54 PM, Thomas West <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Hey everyone,
> 
> Has anyone had issues with the robot not going straight?  It seems like it always veers slightly to the right.  We have tried taking the wheels off and putting back on, but that did not fix it.  Also, we seem to be having trouble with the robot jeering when it starts, causing it to not move in a straight line.....
> 
> On Oct 26, 2015 5:10 PM, "VA-DC Referee Advisor" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A Launch Pad or Jig in Base is team equipment, so it's up to the team what to do with it.
> 
> Steve Scherr
> Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor
> 
>> On Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 12:47 PM, Arun Manroa <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Thanks Steve,
>> 
>> Additional question, Does the "Launch Pad" or Jig needs to be removed from the base after the Launch, or can it stay ?
>> 
>> 
>>> On Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 12:35 VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Yes, it's okay to use a launch pad that's built completely of LEGO, fits completely in Base, and isn't being touched during a launch.
>>> 
>>> No, it's not okay for an adult to do any of the programming.  (See FLL  Core Values). But a coach can point the team at resources, discuss the concepts behind different techniques, and be a good mentor.
>>> 
>>> Don't worry too much about time.  Any timepiece is okay.
>>> 
>>> As noted, the core values judging is to observe your team.  All judging rubrics look at the team along a spectrum of development.  Some teams are beginners, and some teams are exemplars.  If you want useful feedback, your team should act like themselves, the same way that they worked during the season. Each team has its own personality, but we do want team embers to act with Gracious Professionalism.
>>> 
>>> Steve Scherr
>>> Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor
>>> 
>>>> On Monday, October 26, 2015, Cedric D'Costa <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> Few clarifications needed regarding the rules for Robot game and Core value activity-
>>>> 1. Robot game: Are the kids allowed to have "launch pad" made from Legos at the
>>>> base from where the robot would start the mission. This was built so that the Robot
>>>> starts in exactly the same position.
>>>>  
>>>> How do other teams deal with the "starting position" issue?
>>>>  
>>>> 2. Robot game: The kids are finding it hard to understand the programming required for making the Robot go straight or make turns using Gyro or Propotional line.
>>>> Is it okay for a coach to provide them with Starigh line and turn MyBlocks to program their missions.
>>>>  
>>>> 3. Core value activity: Are the kids allowed to carry a smartphone to clock the time
>>>> or do they need to bring a watch.
>>>>  
>>>> 4: Core value activity: Is it okay for the kids to split into 2 groups to solve a problem and try different approaches, selecting what works in the end or do they need to always be working together. I have 4th and 6th graders and it's a challenge to get them to work together.
>>>>  
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Cedric D'Costa
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