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Anant Narayanan <[log in to unmask]>
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Anant Narayanan <[log in to unmask]>
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Apart from the great suggestions from Brandy, Desh and Charles, I
experienced a similar situation myself.

We once had a mouse in the house, and it was consistently escaping
everything I set for it.  Just like a ref, my wife gave me no credit for
effort.  I was able to chase it out of the house, once I enlisted my kids.
 I declared victory and hired a pro.

If a Lego rat with no microprocessor inside can escape the clutches of
150,000 humans in competitive mode, Scott Evans (the FLL game designer) has
indeed created intelligent life from plastic.  The future is indeed plastic!

Best,
Nari

On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM, Charles Aldridge <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> **
> We practice in a small trailer that is sagging on one corner.  When we put
> a book under one leg of the table it leveled the table but had a racking
> effect on the rest of the table resulting in strange distortions.  They
> developed a "rat solution" for that odd table that did not work at
> tournament.  Because they already knew how to cope with some of the
> imperfect conditions of the playing field they were able to quickly modify
> the attachment that catches the rat and achieve success during their scored
> rounds.  It was indeed a good skill builder.
> ~Charlie
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* B Bergenstock <[log in to unmask]>
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, November 22, 2011 1:01 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [VADCFLL-L] EXT :[VADCFLL-L] Rat not sliding
>
> Use this as a skill builder.
> "The world is not perfect.  How can the team overcome the possible
> non-slipping if it happens during the tournament?  What can they add to the
> programming to "convince" the rat to make the full decent?"
>  These were the questions I posed to my team to get them to problem solve
> this situation.  They came up with a idea pretty immediately.
> Good luck to your team at state,
> Brandy
>
> On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM, Aucoin, Bill (ES) <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>>  You have to read the Game Updates to get the answer to this and similar
>> questions. See: http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/robotgameupdates****
>>
>> *28 - RATS AND CORN MALFUNCTION**
>> *Don't expect a benefit-of-the-doubt ruling if you gently push on a rat
>> slide and the rat doesn't come down.  Even with a slide in perfect
>> condition, you have to give that model an honest smack to get the rat's
>> weight off the slide (lighten up, rat!), and guarantee its descent.  That's
>> just the nature of the model, and all correctly built models behave the
>> same.  However, it is well known by now that the rat slides and corn
>> harvester do need maintainance (see "Field Setup") in order to work like
>> they did when they were correctly built (clicked pin connections for the
>> slides, and spread walls for the harvester).  This post is to remind you
>> about Rule 14's "Quality Control" procedure.  You share the responsibility
>> for being sure the models are in tip-top shape if those models are critical
>> to your game.  It so happens that when the robot interacts with these
>> particular models, it's only half way toward earning full credit for the
>> associated missions, so benefit-of-the-doubt is much harder for the ref to
>> give.  The ref can still give you that favorable call, but It has to be
>> REALLY obvious that a failure was the model's fault.  So do your part to
>> reduce your chance of depending on a benefit-of-the-doubt call.****
>>
>> Best Regards,****
>>
>> Bill****
>>
>> ****
>>
>> *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:
>> [log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Denise Snyder
>> *Sent:* Tuesday, November 22, 2011 10:55 AM
>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>> *Subject:* EXT :[VADCFLL-L] Rat not sliding****
>>
>> ****
>>
>> ****
>>
>> Ok - we've been getting the Rat on a regular basis - the Robot is there,
>> the catching container is there, the slide is activated - and now the rat
>> appears to be getting stuck on the slide - the robot returns to base, minus
>> the rat -  if this happens during the state tournament will the team get
>> credit for the rat?****
>>
>> ****
>>
>> Denise Snyder ****
>>
>> Coach ****
>>
>> Fungi's ****
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McLean Robotics Institute**
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