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:
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
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.
Coach Vienna Robotics
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Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Issues with the thermoter mission model
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
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.
Coach Vienna Robotics