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VA-DC FLL Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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VA-DC FLL Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 17 Jan 2021 14:18:04 -0500
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Raining Robots have a question about the basketball mission.

No, there's no leniency for dealing with tall mission models.  You can be
sure that something tall like the basketball hoop is there to be an
engineering challenge.

If the attachment is 12 inches tall, there's no problem while the robot is
running or getting ready to launch.  The Launch Area does not have a height
limit (R13). So Raining Robots must be concerned about earning the M00
Equipment Inspection Bonus.

The ceiling for both inspection areas is 12 inches high.  Your teams have a
lot of flexibility in how they want to put their equipment into the
inspection area--attachments can be taken off the robot or broken down into
smaller chunks, put things on a diagonal, etc.  And the team is allowed to
use their hands to hold equipment inside the inspection area.  Whatever
works for them.

Most of us have probably had experience moving a long object down a hallway
and around a corner.  Your team members might enjoy using the Pythagorean
theorem to estimate how much space/length they have available to fit things
into, and then see what happens when they try to use objects with real
dimensions.

Steve Scherr
Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 10:06 AM Rajesh Shah <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> My team has a quick question -
>
> Attachment they have built for this mission is going above 12 inches tall.
> Do they have any wiggle room in the attachment size for this mission,
> considering the mission itself is 10 inches tall.
>
> Thanks and regards
> Rajesh Shah
> Coach - Raining Robots (Team #31778)
>

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