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Problem 4: Geometry Structure

     Before its scheduled competition time, the team or a team member must report to the weigh-in site, where the structure will be measured, weighed and checked for rule infractions. The team's duplicate geometric shapes will be measured and compared to the shapes on the template and the structure. If time permits, the team may correct any infractions. After filling out the weigh-in checklist, a Weigh-in Judge will seal, mark and store the structure in a paper bag or a team-supplied container, which will be retained at the weigh-in area. Approximately 25 minutes before their scheduled competition time, a team member will pick up the sealed container and take it to the competition site. The coach and other team members will report to the competition site 20 minutes before the team's scheduled time with the props, the membership sign, the sealed container, and anything else needed for the longterm problem solution. The team will remove its structure from its container and inform the Staging Area Judge whether Style will continue after the structure breaks.

     If an adult assistant is used in Division I or II, he or she must be identified in the Staging Area and will remain with the team throughout the long-term solution. When the Timekeeper says, "Begin," the team will have 8 minutes for site setup, Style and weight placement. When an adult assists in weight placement, it must be apparent to the judges that a team member is supporting a substantial amount of each weight.

     The only people allowed inside the testing area during the long-term solution are the team members, judges and adult assistant (if used). Style may take place at any time during the competition time. When the long-term solution is completed, all wood from the crushed structure, or the whole structure if it does not break, will be placed in a paper bag and returned to the weigh-in site by a designated judge. After the competition, a judge may request to inspect the structure again at the weigh-in site. If a team member or judge calls time, the performance is over whether the structure is crushed or not.

~ Dan Semenza
International Problem Captain

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