2. Blue Gear Ticks
Teams are tasked with identifying a food item and tracking its journey from creation to consumption. From this, teams identify potential sources of contamination and create solutions to those problems. Teams then share their project with the community and with judges at competition.
The table performance portion of Food Factor is played on a 4 ft by 8 ft field rimmed by wood boards. At competition, two of these fields are placed together to form an 8 ft square. In each 2 1/2 minute match, a team competes on each field with their robot to earn up to 452 points manipulating the mission models.
The touch penalty objects are "good" bacteria models. All 12 are worth 6 points each when located in base, but are removed every time the robot is touched outside of base.
All of the Food Factor missions relate to various food topics and food safety problems:
- Pollution Reversal - 4 points per ball (up to 8 points)
- Corn Harvest - up to 9 points
- Fishing - up to 18 points
- Pizza and Ice Cream - 7 points each (up to 14 points)
- Farm Fresh Produce - 9 points
- Distant Travel - 9 points
- Cooking Time - 14 points
- Storage Temperature - 20 points
- Pest Removal - 15 points each (up to 30 points)
- Refrigerated Ground Transport - up to 20 points
- Groceries - 2 points each (up to 24 points)
- Disinfect - up to 12 points each (up to 48 points)
- Hand Wash/Bacterial - 3 points each (up to 144 points)
- Hand Wash/Viral - up to 13 points
- Good Bacteria - 6 points each (up to 72 points in total)
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