Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the format of this season’s FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Hydrodynamics?

To cater to the increase in the number of teams, we are introducing Qualifying rounds of the robot game before the finals. The qualifying rounds will be conducted together with the Presentation hence teams will only need to attend either one of the day ie. 28 February or 1 March 2018. An announcement will be made on the website and email will be deployed to notify teams who have qualified for the Finals on 3 March 2018.   Take note that the qualifying rounds are only for the robot game. There will only be 1 round of presentation.

 2. How many teams will be eligible for the Finals on 3 March 2018 (Sat)?

Top 100 teams who scored well for in all 3 segments (Project, Core Values and Robot game) at the qualifying rounds will advance to the Robot game finals on 3rd March.

3. If our team does not make it to the finals, do we still stand a chance to win other awards eg. Best Presentation etc?

Yes, there is still a chance for teams to win awards in other categories even if they do not make it to the finals.

 4. When will the Top 100 teams results be announced?

Top 100 teams who are advancing to the Robot Game finals will be notified via text messages, email and website by 02 March (Fri) at 1900hrs. Teams who did not advance to the finals are welcomed to spectate the event and award ceremony on 3 March(Sat).

5. Where is the challenge held and when will the team schedule be released?

The Challenge will be held at Canadian Internation School (Lakeside campus) for all 3 days and team schedule will be released on the website by mid-February 2018 once registration officially ends.

6. When is the last day for registration?

Registration closes 31 January 2018

7. Will there be photography and/or videography at the tournament?

Duck Leaning (DL) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by DL, without the expressed written permission of those included in the photograph/video. DL may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by DL including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.

A person attending a DL event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organizers, and/or contact DL at 240 Macpherson Road, Pines Industrial Building #03-01, S348574, in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. DL will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence.

By participating in a DL event or by failing to notify DL, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph used by DL, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify DL from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness.

Any person or organization not affiliated with DL may not use, copy, alter or modify DL photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorized designee from DL.


Game Rules

1. What happens if team A moves the water collection point prior to team B completing the flow mission?

For the water collection mission, if team A moves the water collection target prior to team B completing the flow mission, team B will still receive the flow mission scores (25 points). The big water does not have to land into the water collection point in order to receive the points for the ‘Flow’ mission.

2. What is the limit of the movement for the water collection target to still be eligible for scoring?

As long as the water collection point does not pass or touch the OFF-LIMITS LINE which extends NORTH/SOUTH including under the ramps.

3. For ‘Water Collection’ mission, stacking of the big water (by locking the 2 pieces of big water together), is this allowed?

Not allowed. Refer to Rule 11 (R11) in the FLL Challenge Guide.

4. For ‘Water Collection’ mission, if Team A places and collects the water into the water collection point first, and then Team B activates the ‘Flow’ mission which then releases a big water into Team A field and pushes Team A big waters out of their collection point, what is the ruling on this?

Team A will receive the points for water collection mission based on the number of big waters and rain in the water collection point at the end of 2 and half minutes, no compensation points will be awarded to Team A. Team B will receive no penalty and will receive points for completing the ‘Flow’ mission.

5. ‘Rain Cloud’ mission, is it allowed to just shake the mission model in order to release the rain?

Yes, it is allowed. However do take note, that if the robot accidentally or intentionally damages the mission model or unlock the mission model from the dual-lock, no scores will be awarded to the team for this mission.

6. For the ‘Water Treatment’ mission, is it allowed to collect the sludge without activating the water treatment?

Yes, it is allowed.

7. For the manhole covers, are the scores received actively or at the end of the 2 and half minutes? Can the manhole covers be located at any location at the end of the 2 and half minutes for it to be eligible for the scoring?

Scores are received at the end of the 2 and half minutes (without the manhole covers ever reaching base). Manhole covers are eligible for scoring at any location on the field, without it/them ever reaching the base.

8. For the ‘Flower’ mission, is it a must to lift the flower using the big water or is it allowed to use the robot (without the influence of the big water) but maintain the flower upright using the big water.

Yes, it is allowed to lift the flower up using the robot (without the influence of the big water), however, the flower needs to stay upright due only to a Big Water in the brown pot.

9. Must pump addition only be within black box region (pump addition target)? Must the pump addition touch the pump system to get the points?

Yes, the pump addition has to be in contact with the mat and that contact must be completely within the Pump Addition target to receive points.

It is not a must for the pump addition to be touching/in contact with the pump system in order for the teams to be eligible for the scoring.


Research Presentation

1. Do teams need to prepare a core values poster? According to the Challenge guide, some countries require the core values poster and some don’t.

The core values poster is not compulsory for FLL Singapore. However, teams are strongly encouraged to showcase their presentation using posters or tri-fold boards as media equipment ie. projectors may not be available for use.  The use of a laptop to present is allowed.

2.  Does the Robot Design Executive summary need to be in written or oral format?

The Robot Design Executive Summary is not compulsory for FLL Singapore.

3. How much time do we have for the presentation of our research results at an FLL Tournament?

At an FLL Tournament, you have 5 minutes time (actual presentation time, not set up time) to present your results to the jury. The manner of presentation is up to the team.  Teams can create a role play, use Powerpoint and so on.

4. Can our team focus on only one phase of the human water cycle?

While the definition of the human water cycle includes four phases (“find, transport, use, and dispose”), your team does NOT have to investigate all of these parts of your project. You may focus on one or more parts of the human water cycle when identifying a problem and designing a solution.

5. Does salt water also belong to HYDRO DYNAMICSSM?

The HYDRO DYNAMICSSM project is not limited to the study of fresh water. Teams may explore a use of fresh water, brackish water or salt water. However, the problem your team selects should be a part of the human water cycle. The human water cycle is defined as, “the ways people find, transport, use, and dispose of water in order to meet a specific need or desire.” So, whatever type of water your team selects, you should be able to clearly demonstrate how the water is used to meet a human need.

6. Could the sea level rise be a topic for our research project?

The potential for sea level rise is an issue of great concern for many communities. In order for this subject to be an acceptable project topic, your team should be able to relate sea level rise to a problem of the human water cycle. Please remember to focus on a human use of water.

7. Are there any consequences if a team does not prepare a research project? What will happen when a team misses the target of the research project?

A FLL team should take part in all categories of evaluation. When a team doesn’t have a research project (or doesn’t take part in another category of evaluation) it could not become a FLL Champion and will not be evaluated in the particular category. All teams should act as the core values told them.

If a team fails the research project it still could be evaluated by the judges for presentation but not for ‘research’ and not for ‘innovative solution’.

8. What needs to be included in the presentation?

Each team should show how they found the specific problem. Show how you researched and came to a solution for the problem you chose. It is not enough to present only the result.

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