South Carolina FIRST LEGO League Challenge Updates

On this page are specific rulings adopted in South Carolina for the Robot Game and Project judging portions of the FIRST LEGO League competition. These rulings are not meant to override nor should they conflict with those described in the Challenge Guide nor the Challenge Updates posted by FIRST. Instead these updates are supplementary and specific to South Carolina.

If you are competing outside of South Carolina, do not assume that these same rulings apply to your region. Please check with your regional Affiliate Partner for your specific rules.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments related to the Robot Game as it is refereed in South Carolina, please contact our head referee at

For questions, concerns, or comments related to any aspect of judging, including specific questions about the Project requirements for this year’s challenge, please reach out to our State Judge Advisor at

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Missions 10 & 11

You may not re-use the loop from the yellow pipe as this is contradictory to the first bullet in Rule 11 Mission Model Handling, and you may not bring a loop that ATTACHES to the pipe as this is contradictory to the second bullet in Rule 11 Mission Model Handling. They may re-use the provided mission model loop found in base – provided that they do not use their hands to manipulate it outside of base.

Mission 16

If the team is able to stack a big water on top of another big water, the top water won’t score 10 points – it only scores the 30 bonus points. This is because the scoring condition for big water and for rain water is that it must be touching the mat. It is not possible to be on top of another big water AND touching the mat.



No Water at the Tournaments

As a reminder from FIRST, we realize teams may be working on water filtration and purification solutions, and plan to use these devices as part of their research presentation at events. Due to potential safety hazards, as well as venue restrictions, we ask teams to bring their project solution prototype without water or liquid(s) and instead recommend teams present a short video of the working prototype to demonstrate the functionality and/or solution they developed for their project presentation.