It's too bad that someone has posted this. I don't think it's okay, and it spoils the fun of figuring out the challenge on their own. However, there is no way that judges could deduct points for anything that was similar, because there will always be teams who have the same ideas of how to solve a mission, that just happened to come up with a similar solution, or even one that looks exactly alike. So that wouldn't be fair for judges to deduct points. That is actually probably going to happen a lot with some of these missions, that many teams will have a similar idea on how to solve something. We had a research idea one year that another team in another state won an award for, and so they had some videos about them on the internet. And literally, it was almost our team's exact idea, many things about it were exactly the same. Yet, my team had never heard of this other team, talked to them, etc. It happens.
One of my team members just found a YouTube video that shows a robot solving the Body Forward robot missions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCsTDr1-wOMObviously, several members of my team asked me "Can we do that?". I cautioned them that judges may be aware of this video and may deduct points for using someone else's solution. Would that be a fair assessment?I, personally, am very disappointed to find that someone posted solutions to this problem before the end of the tournament season. I'd prefer that my boys come up with their own solutions to the missions. I would not rule out researching robot designs and programs that solve different, yet similar problems. However, handing them solutions to the current challenge seems ... wrong to me.What are other coaches thoughts on this? How about anyone who may be judging competitions in the VA/DC area?Sean M. PausFLL Coach
> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
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