Thanks for pointing out that our video might mislead a new team. We did put a disclaimer at the beginning of our video stating that since the rules have not been released yet this is our best guess. The main point of this video was to show the mission models and the mat. If a mission model could be triggered in some way then we tried to show it. We weren’t trying to show what needs to be done, just how the models work. For example, we’re pretty sure that dumping all the bacteria on the ground at the contamination risk stations (like we show in the video) will probably not be a prudent thing to do in the match.
You are probably right that the food items are placed on the import station most likely along with the rat that we showed there in our video. I think this is trying to teach that when you import food, unwanted pests are transported along with the food. As for which food items start out at what location at the start of the match, we’ll definitely have to wait for the rules to come out. It is a possibility that some of the food has to be exported by placing it in the channel of the export station; though that would be tricky for many reasons.
I agree that the trailer most likely has to trigger the import station and catch the goods. As for the location of the trailer at the start of the match, we were speculating that it does not start out in base but rather in the spot in the center of the Northern (middle) wall. You are certainly correct that the movement of the trailer from its starting position (whatever that may be) to the import station will be tricky. But all this is speculation until the rules are released.
I’ll have our team try and add a caption to our video warning teams not to assume our interpretation of things is correct and that they should check the rules carefully when they come out.
Thanks for your idea to improve our video!
From: Desh Deshmukh
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Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Video of new Food Factor mat and mission models
Thanks for sharing on the VADC listserver and I agree quiet a bit on most except the Import/Export (I/E) station and refrigerator trailer. Just make sure you include it as your opinion on the challenge as many rookie teams may jump to conclusion as it is a real mission.
The trailer in my opinon triggers the red liver on the I/E station and collects the refrigerated items as shown in the enclosed picture. Movement of trailer from base to the I/E station and back is going to be tricky without causing accidential cross contamination.
In my opinion the second identical I/E station is a redundant one.
Greetings FLL teams,
We have just put a video on YouTube showing our new Food Factor mat complete with fully assembled mission models. It looks like this year’s FLL robot game will be extremely challenging and a lot of fun too!
Hope you enjoy the video!
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