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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
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Zack is correct.  Teams may not *attach* LEGO or objects to the
trailer or any mission model

Rule 10:  You may not add to nor trap mission models as to cause a
failure of the “gravity test.”

As long as the helper pieces are not attached in the sense of the
gravity test,  then they should be allowable.

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM, Zack Sheikh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have seen some responses that suggested modifing the trailer to make the
> back wheels touch the matt.  Are the kids allowd to add lego peices to lift
> the trailer?  I thought I saw a rule stating that we can not modify the
> field setup.
>
> On Nov 18, 2011 4:16 PM, "VA/DC Referee Advisor" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> Teams,
>>  there have been several responses to this question today and none
>> are complete.  There are three reasons why the trailer in its starting
>> condition does not count for scoring mission points.  They all come
>> from the Field Setup.  They are because of something that isn't there,
>> something that might be there, and something that is there.
>>
>> 1)  The meat does not start in the trailer.  It starts in Base, per
>> the Field Setup.
>>
>> "Meat & Fish – The crate of meat goes in Base, and the fish go exactly
>> on their marks east of Base."
>>
>> 2)  The trailer wheels need to touch the dock north of the white line
>> to earn the points.  This may or may not be the starting position,
>> depending on the size of the table.  Remember, the Field Setup tells
>> us that the mat is flush to the south wall, so there should be a gap
>> between the edge of the mat and the north wall.  The starting position
>> of the trailer is touching the wall (Field Setup, again).  I can say
>> that I've seen three sets of tables so far this season, and the front
>> wheels have been touching the dock north of the the white line on all
>> of them--but this is not guaranteed to be the case at your tournament.
>>
>> It is worth noting that the definition of "touching" says that any
>> actual amount of direct contact will do.  So, yes, any wheel on the
>> trailer, any bit touching north of the line.
>>
>> "Refrigeration Trailer – The back of the white refrigeration trailer
>> is pushed against the north border wall, between the two center
>> fences, centered on its marks."
>>
>> 3)  The Field Setup directs that 2 red bacteria start in the trailer.
>> This violates the scoring condition that there be "no germs inside",
>> and is clearly the hardest condition to change just using the robot.
>>
>> "Bacteria & Virus (Germs) – Bacteria go in the dispensers in the
>> quantities and locations shown, except all yellow go in Base, and two
>> red go in the refrigerated trailer. Eight virus go with the greens and
>> eight with the pinks."
>>
>> So the answer to the iBots question is:  "no, definitely not--it does
>> not score as is."
>>
>> Steve Scherr
>> VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor
>>
>> On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM, Cathleen Maloney
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > I just want to make sure that our team is not missing anything on the
>> > Refrigerated Ground Transport mission.  Is it safe to say that the
>> > trailer
>> > in its original starting position satisfies the criteria for the mission
>> > option to have the trailer with the meat inside, no germs, with any of
>> > its
>> > wheels touching the port dock north of the white line?
>> > Cathleen Maloney
>> > Lunsford iBots - #4906

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