The Robot must, in the opinion of the official judges, have found the candle before it attempts to put itout. The Robot cannot just blow out the candle by accident.5. PUTTING OUT THE CANDLEThe Robot must not use any destructive or dangerous methods to put out the candle. It cannot use suchitems as water, CO2, Halon, etc., any method or material that is dangerous or will damage the arena is prohibited. For example, the Robot can not explode a firecracker and put the candle out with theconcussion. The Robot can not knock the candle over to put it out.
The robot must distinguish the firusing and air (blower)
The candle can not be knocked over while it is still lit. If a Robot accidentally knocks over a candle after it has been put out, then the Robot's trial run will still count, but there will be a penalty. The candle will be mounted on a wooden base so that it will not be easily knocked over.6. ROBOT SIZEThe maximum size of the Robot shall be 12.25" by 12.25" by 12.25" or A4 paper size. The Robot can notlook over the walls of the structure and must never extend itself beyond 12.25 inches in any dimension.All Robots will be carefully measured. Don't let your Robot be disqualified because it is slightly over thelimit.If the Robot has feelers to sense an object or wall, the feelers must be counted as part of the Robot'sdimensions and can not extend beyond 12.25" from side to side.If contestants want to add a flag, hat or other purely decorative, non-functional items to the Robot, theymay do so as long as the item has absolutely no effect on the operation of the Robot.7. ROBOT WEIGHTThere are no restrictions on the weight of the Robot.8. ROBOT CONSTRUCTION MATERIALSThere are no restrictions on the types of materials used in the construction of the Robot.9. THE CANDLEThe lit candle is supposed to represent a small house fire that the Robot is attempting to find and put out.The bottom of the candle flame will be between6 and 8 inches off the floor. This height includes theheight of the wooden candle support base. The bottom of the candle flame will start out at 8 inches abovethe floor and when in the course of the contest's many trials, it burns down to 6 inches above the floor, itwill be replaced by a new candle. The candle used will be a standard approximately 1 inch thick whitecandle. The flame will be visible from the side and not hidden by unmelted wax as with thick candles.The exact height and size of the flame is unknown and variable and will be determined by the specificconditions of candle and its surroundings. As along as the candle is within the specifications outlinedabove, the Robot is required to find the candle no matter what the size of the flame is at that particular moment.The candle will be placed at random in one of the room in the arena. The candle has an equal chance of being in any of the 4 rooms in each of the 3 trials that a Robot has. Hopefully the candle will be placed indifferent rooms in each trial to best test the Robot's operation, but it might be possible for the candle to bein the same room twice. If it happens that the candle is placed in the same room for both the 1st and 2ndtrials, then we will make sure that it is not in that room for the 3rd and last trial. Thus every Robot willhave the candle in at least 2 rooms & maybe 3, during its 3 trials.The candle will not be placed in a hallway, but it might be placed just inside a doorway of a room.However the front of the Robot will be able to move at least 6" into the room before it encounters thecandle.10. SENSORSThere is no restriction on the type of sensors that can be used as long as they do not violate any of theother rules or regulations.Contestants are not allowed to place any markers, beacons or reflectors on the walls or floors to aid in theRobot's navigation.Robot builders should be aware that many modern film and video cameras transmit infrared light as partof their automatic focusing systems. Ambient lighting in the contest room may also be a source of IR,