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I tell teams that it's always okay to ask the referee, but sometimes
she has to say, "No, I can't do that."  (because of Rule 14, Quality
Control)

Corn not jumbled--the answer is No.  The photo in the Field Setup
shows the corn kind of jumbled, and the setup directions reference the
photo.
Corn *less* likely to stick--the answer is yes.  The Field Setup tells
what to do with the harvester.
Corn in single layer--The Field Setup says that the four corn pieces
must be individually loose.  I agree that pieces piled on top of each
other doesn't count as "individually loose", so yes, they should be in
a single layer.

Note that it is expected that sometimes some of the corn will stick in
the harvester.  The words in the Field Setup say "less likely to
stick".  Scott Evans also speaks of the corn sticking in either the
Coaches' Robot Game recording or in the FLL mission review video on
YouTube.  (Neither the call nor the video are official, but they do
reinforce the expectations set by the wording in the game materials.)
Scott notes that the team only needs one piece of corn, so if the
others stick, it doesn't affect scoring.  Plus--the team always gets
at least three matches to achieve its highest score.


It's time for this week's reminder--now that the team has had a chance
to work with the robot and the missions for a little while, it's a
great time for the rules and mission experts on the team to review ALL
the Robot Game documents to see what little pieces of information they
can pick up.  Did you know that we had all that information about the
corn?  Ask the team members if they saw the Rubik's Cube in the Game
documents, too!

Steve Scherr
VA/DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM, Danielle Dash <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> In addition to the rat slides sticking, I have noted that the corn in the combine needs to be placed carefully in the back, or it will not come out no matter how far you push it/engage the dumping mechanism.  Is it appropriate to ask the referee to place the corn in a single layer and not just jumbled into the back? It often gets jammed when you just dump it in.
>
> Thanks
> Danielle Dash
> Team 3365 Kung Food Fighters
> Team 4201 Big Brother of Kung Food Fighters
> Jr. FLL Team Little Brother of Kung Food Fighters
>

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