Learn the Rules …

Part 1: Introduction

Firstly, the teams compete with robots they have built in advance out of LEGO parts and programmed by themselves. Within 2½ minutes they try to solve the mission laid on the 2 sq. m. large playing field, to get as many points. The robot must act autonomous, that is, all movements must be independently by the program. Remote controls are not allowed!

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The way in which the missions are completed, and the order in which they are solved, are not prescribed. Thus, the robots of the competing team should look completely different, even though they are all built from LEGO parts.

Variations of the FLL Tournament Tables
Order of the Challenge document
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Part 2: Basic Rules

Rule 1: Fairness
Rule 2: Participation
Rule 3: Interpretation of Rules
Rule 4: Competition Area
Rule 5: FLL Playing field/Competition table
Rule 6: Base
Rule 7: Mission
Rule 8: Match
Rule 9: Pre-match Preparation
Rule 10: Equipment

Part 3: Scoring

Handling Robots

Rule 1: Dead Robot Handling
Rule 2: Start- /Restart Conditions
Rule 3: Start-/Restart Procedure
Rule 4: Autonomous – Offline
Rule 5: Chain reactions
Rule 6: Strategic/Precision Stop
Rule 7: Broken Robot
Rule 8: Motor Strain

Handling Objects

Rule 1: Changes outside Base
Rule 2: Storage and Workspace
Rule 3: Cargo
Rule 4: Mission Models

Detailed Definitions

Rule 1: Success, Loss, Failure and Chaos
Rule 2: Model Damage
Rule 3: Interference
Rule 4: Word Definition: IN
Rule 5: Word Definition: Touching
Rule 6: Touch Penalty
Rule 7: Cargo Penalty
Rule 8: Sprawl Penalty (hand-based)e
Rule 9: Sprawl Penalty (match end-based)
Rule 10: Junk Penalty
Rule 11: Scoring Process
Rule 12: Benefit of the Doubt

Part 4: Changes

  • Rules are categorized in 3 rubrics now.
  • A loophole has been removed: Picking up a huge strategic object left only partly in Base by the robot will now cause a sprawl penalty. See Rules 8 and 9 in Part III/ Detailed Definitions.
  • A cluster of small objects is considered one object when evaluating “in.”
  • The gravity test has been lightened up and folded into “starting Position.”