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expand Are we allowed to use eye-hooks for the vehicle?

 

expand We use polycarbonate sheets for the FTC robot and I have a supply of small pieces in my classroom. Is this an acceptable material for building the car? Maybe in the small dimensions that we have.

 

expand Instead of CD's, can students use records?

 

expand To my understanding fluids are not allowed on our PDC device, but I was wondering if the fluid was in a sealed container so it can not get out. Would that be alright? Because then there is no affect on the course and other participants in the challenge.

 

expand Can peanut butter or mayonnaise jar lids be used?

 

expand The area the device needs to fit into 1' by 1' by 1.5' = is that length, width, height, or can the device be 18 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 12 inches tall, etc. ?

 

expand Can this drink container be used?

drink container

 

expand Does the device need to stay in one piece? Can it leave portions behind that will not damage the course in any way?

 

expand Is Masonite allowed?

 

expand Are we allowed to make things out of plexiglass?

 

expand Can we use Bluetooth/wireless devices in our design?

 

expand Can we use candles for CDC?

 

expand Can we modify the gears you provided to reinforce them? The plastic axles used with the gear when 2 are used, one for each side, meet in the middle and are reinforced.

 

expand Can we use steel wool?

 

expand Could we use PlastiDip on our device?

 

expand Can we use a Rapid Solid Printer to print out parts for this competition (in ABS plastic or similar material)?

 

expand Does this count as a spool?

spool

 

expand Are we allowed to use a cable that is inside a tube in order to steer the vehicle by pulling the cable?

 

expand Are we allowed to use a cable that is inside a tube in order to steer the vehicle by pulling the cable?

 

expand Can we use previously constructed hinges or do we need to make our own?

 

expand Are we allowed to use a device that limits the amount of voltage from the power source, such as a dial of some sort?

 

expand Can we use silicone bracelets or rubber bands to increase traction?

 

expand Are we allowed to use magnets and coils?

 

expand Can we use previously constructed hinges or do we need to make our own?

 

expand Are we allowed to touch the height restricting bar for the express lane in order to drop the marble in the toll without being penalized?

 

expand Will we be penalized if we leave parts of the robot on the course?

 

expand Can we use mouse traps?

 

expand Are we allowed to remove and add pieces during our recharging time, such as an interchangeable part?

 

expand Are we allowed to use a device that limits the amount of voltage from the power source, such as a dial of some sort?

 

expand Are we allowed to hold the power source as it is operating or do we need it to be attached to the vehicle the entire time?

 

expand Can we use a belt to engage our propulsion method to our wheels and or treads?

 

expand Can we use silicone bracelets or rubber bands to increase traction?

 

expand Is hot glue an allowed material?

 

expand Our group was wondering if we may use play sand, thank you.

 

expand I was wondering if the students were supposed to get any DPDT switches or any other types of switches.

 

expand Are spiral springs allowed? Such as these:




 

expand Can we use a 3d printer to create parts?

 

expand Can we create our own gears from wood or other materials or are we restricted to the Lego gears provided?

 

expand Can we use Styrofoam?

 

expand Is compressed air allowed? If so, do we have to bottle the air ourselves and create our own containers? Or can we use store-bought canisters?

 

expand Can we use compressed air motors in addition to the allowed motors?

 

expand Would it be possible to use living creatures in our vehicle? We were thinking small hamsters or rats and mice to power our vehicles or steer them. It does seem very farfetched, but the rulebook did not explicitly state anything about animals in the materials section.

 

expand My Robotics club is meeting now and we are confused what is going to control our robots. Will we be using our own Lego nxt brick controllers and program them with software?

 

expand Are we permitted to use a bicycle brake cable as discussed during the Professional Development conference?

 
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