I agree that a clarification is needed, that the scoring is 3 points for
each bacterium in the sink following the proper method.  I can tell you
that, according to my sources, the clarification will be that each bacterium
does score separately.

The description of the method seems quite clear to me--each [bacterium] is
the only one in motion during its trip to the sink.  If two bacteria are
both in motion between Base and the sink at the same time, then the referee
will take both from the sink and return them to Base.  I am looking forward
to seeing how teams deal with the additional restriction on equipment
location that applies *during each trip*.

Note that Rule 4 says that equipment includes the robot, its attachments,
and other strategic objects.

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 9:42 PM, Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> It doesn't say 3 points each. Some others do. I think a game rule question
> is in order.

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