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Good answer from Stuart. For any object that needs to be shifted to a 
different place on the table, the route, and whether that route 
includes a stop in Base, is entirely up to the team.

See Ruling 18 in the Q&A:

>RULING 18 - Handling Models In Base
>Confirmation: The robot is allowed to go get a model from the field 
>and bring it back to Base, where you're allowed to handle it. Then 
>you can send the robot out to put it in its final placement.

Be sure to check that Q&A page every week or so! There's not a huge 
number of comments (as there were last year) but the rulings and 
clarifications already number into the 20's, and more will surely be 
posted before the tournaments. Also be sure to read back through the 
mission instructions and rules every once in a while, as new items 
may have become relevant depending on the strategies adopted by your 
team.

Regards,
Mike


>Avani -
>
>Scoring for mission completion is based on the state of the table at 
>the end of the match.  If you bring a loose model (e.g., the Ice 
>Buoy) back to base before delivering it to the research area, that 
>is totally acceptable.
>
>As long as you don't break any rules you are allowed to be as 
>creative as you wish.  Last year, at least one team "delivered the 
>truck to the farm" by hanging it on the hydroelectric dam.  The 
>mission said that the truck had to go TO the farm (not that it had 
>to touch it) so even though having a truck suspended in mid-air off 
>a dam doesn't make any real-world sense, the fact that the back end 
>of the truck was over the farm fulfilled the letter of the mission. 
>The fact that there was an oil barrel in the back of the truck that 
>was over the farm fulfilled part of a different mission that 
>required that a barrel be delivered TO the farm but specifically NOT 
>touching it.
>
>That same year, one of the missions was to deliver a "wave-turbine" 
>to the ocean in the northwest corner.  The wave turbine was to be 
>designed and built by the team and it had to have moving parts.  One 
>enterprising team simply parked the robot in the ocean at the end of 
>the match.  The robot was built by the kids and had moving parts so 
>it was a "wave turbine" as far as scoring was concerned.
>
>Encourage your kids to "think outside the box" and they just might 
>surprise themselves!
>
>Note: The rules say that you are not allowed to "break dual-lock" so 
>you can't have the robot bring the house back to base so you can 
>fiddle with it there and then return it to its original spot.
>
>Stuart
>
>
>
>
>
>From: First Lego League Discussion 
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Avani Saini
>Sent: Friday, October 17, 2008 1:47 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: [VADCFLL-L] breaking the task
>
>I was wonderting if we are allowed to break tasks. eg collect some 
>items and bring them to base. As part of next task, drop them to the 
>destination. Just trying to make some tasks simple this way and have 
>different attachments for collecting and dropping.
>
>Avani
>
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