These are good questions--I am glad that your team is checking the wording in the missions.
The guiding principles are in Rule 5, Interpretation.  Bullet  3 says "If a detail isnít mentioned, then it doesnít matter."  Bullet 1 says "Robot game text means exactly and only what it says, so it should be taken literally whenever possible."

1.  Patient area:  the patient's area is described as "anywhere in the non-orage region at the east of the mat.  So, yes, it is the entire circular segment and its interior, colored gray, with pictures of nerve cells, the brain model, and so on.

2.  The mission requirement is that "all three white blood cells are in the patient's area", and "only the white blood cells" are in the area.  No precise location is specified, so it doesn't matter.  The white blood cells do not have to be touching the mat (rule 26 describes "touching") , they only need to be in the area (rule 25 describes "in").  The white blood cells do not need to be near each other, as long as each cell is in the patient's area.

3.  The mission doesn't describe orientation of the cells, so orientation doesn't matter.  The cells are required to be separate from each other and not connected to other objects ("connected" is explained in rule 13, bullet 3).  The cells are not required to be touching the patient's area, so that doesn't matter either.

4.  Unless there is a Ruling that specifies additional details for "All Together", then VA/DC FLL will recognize all three people being in the patient's area as being "All Together".

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Oct 24, 2010, at 2:48 PM, Ann Hamilton-Dixon wrote:

Just checking-
1.  Having read the Official Missions document, the Patient Area is described as "...the patientís area (anywhere in the non-orange region at the east of the mat)?  This mean to me that the Patient Area is the entire gray area on the east end of the table.  Is this correct?

2.  Does a team receive points if the white blood cells are deposited anywhere in the gray Patient Area, even if they are all touching the gray area in one of the far corners of the gray area or do they have to be deposited in front of the brain near the patient?

3.  The pictures of the scoring white blood cells all show the "cells" separate, touching the Patient area and resting on their flat/holed side. Will points be awarded if the cells are separate, touching the Patient Area, and resting on their curved side or their flat/posted side as well?

4.  The Professional Teamwork Mission states that points are awarded by  ..."Mo(in) both the doctor and the biomedical engineer to meet with the patient, anywhere in the patientís area. PEOPLE ALL TOGETHER IN THE PATIENTíS AREA = 25 Points

How close do the Doctor and Engineer have to be to the Patient to be considered "Together or meeting"?  Can the Doctor and the Engineer be deposited anywhere in the Patient Area as defined above, and be considered together/meeting with the patient?

Ann Hamilton-Dixon
Coach for St. Catherine's School Lego Robotics Team - Div 1, The Doctoring Daisies
Team # 788

Ann Hamilton-Dixon
Lower School Technology Coordinator
St. Catherine's School
6001 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226
804 288-2804

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