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There has been a ruling on the first issue I brought up regarding how to
properly build the thermometer mission model.  The ruling can be found here:

http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/robotgameupdates

 

If you have built your thermometer according to the build instructions, you
will need to modify your thermometer in order to conform to this ruling.
There hasn't yet been a response to the second issue I brought up.

 

Here is the ruling for this specific issue:

 

2 - THERMOMETER LEVER
The Field Setup page shows the thermometer's lever pointing east and its
gauge showing hot.  This is the correct way, even though it is different
than the building instructions.  Please reposition your lever so the model
can be set to match the pictures on the Field Setup page.

 

I guess this is an example why it is very important to check the robot game
update page frequently throughout the season.

 

Andy Traiger

Coach Vienna Robotics

 

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From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Andy Traiger
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2011 3:38 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Issues with the thermoter mission model

 

Hello,

 

I noticed a couple issues involving the Thermometer mission model.

 

In the build instructions (9697_Thermometer_BI.pdf page 1) the spindle of
the thermometer points West when the thermometer is indicating a high
temperature.  In direct contrast, in the Robot Game Description there are
two pictures (pages 6 & 7) that show the spindle pointing EAST when the
thermometer is indicating a high temperature.  I've sent an email to
[log in to unmask] to ask for clarification on the proper way to
build the thermometer!

 

There's a second issue with the Thermometer build instructions that I've
discussed with other teams on YouTube.  Step 26 shows an arrow indicating to
push the axle that the spindle rotates on downward.  This is a bit
ambiguous.  Some teams have only pushed it down slightly and this results in
a spindle that turns freely and does not fall into the grooves as it
rotates.  If you push the axle all the way down in step 26, then the spindle
is not as easy to rotate since it falls into the groves as it rotates.  I
think clarification should be put out for how far to push the axle down in
step 26 because the directions are ambiguous.  I know the rules (under
Mission Storage Temperature) say "the spindle needs to drop all the way."
This won't make sense to the teams that didn't push the axle all of the way
down in step 26 of the build instructions.

 

Thanks,

 

Andy Traiger

Coach Vienna Robotics

 

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