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The sixth Auckland Ladder scrimmage will be held at Whangaparaoa College on Saturday the 6th of September. This will be another chance for teams competing in the Auckland Ladder!.

The following teams need to confirm with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that they will be attending the scrimmage before the end of Friday the 29th!

2901 Rangitoto College
2901b Rangitoto College
2901c Rangitoto College
2901d Rangitoto College
2942a Whangaparoa College
2942b Whangaparoa College
2908x Mount Albert Grammar
2913a Rutherford College
2913b Rutherford College
2913c Rutherford College
9098a Macleans
2927a Albany Junior High School
6786a Kaipra College
2919a Kristin School
2919m Kristin School
2919f Kristin School
2919b Kristin School
2919x Kristin School
9386a MPHS
2931e Pinehurst School
2931a Pinehurst School
2931b Pinehurst School
2931c Pinehurst School
2931d Pinehurst School
8560a Westbot
2904a Westlake Girls High School
2904b Westlake Girls High School
2906e Long Bay College
2906a Long Bay College
2906b Long Bay College
2906c Long Bay College
2906d Long Bay College
7757n Pasadena Intermediate
7757e Pasadena Intermediate
2907a Rosmini College
2929a Westlake Boys High School
2929b Westlake Boys High School

Date: Saturday 6th September
Venue: Whangaparaoa College Auditorium
Times:
09:00– Doors Open
09:15-09:30 – Check In (All teams attending this scrimmage must have checked in!)
10:00 – Matches Begin
12:00 – Lunch Break
12:30 – Matches Resume
14:30 – Qualification Matches Finish (as do skills fields and any involvement with the Ladder for this scrimmage)
14:40 – Alliance Selection Begins
14:45 -  Elimination Matches
17:00– Venue Closes 

All teams who have reserved spots but who have confirmed their spots must do so by Friday 29th August, 11:59 pm. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Chris Hamling

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The sixth Auckland Ladder scrimmage will be held at Whangaparaoa College on Saturday the 6th of September. This will be another chance for teams competing in the Auckland Ladder!. There will be skills available and all results will be published live to VEX Via and Robot Events. The scrimmage will be held in the school auditorium which is located on this map. A map for Whangaparaoa College can be found here.

Date: Saturday 6th September
Venue: Whangaparaoa College Auditorium
Times:
09:00– Doors Open
09:15-09:30 – Check In (All teams attending this scrimmage must have checked in!)
10:00 – Matches Begin
12:00 – Lunch Break
12:30 – Matches Resume
14:30 – Qualification Matches Finish (as do skills fields and any involvement with the Ladder for this scrimmage)
14:40 – Alliance Selection Begins
14:45 -  Elimination Matches
17:00– Venue Closes 

All teams who have reserved spots but who have confirmed their spots must do so by Friday 29th August, 11:59 pm. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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The winning design notebooks from the last 3 world championships can be downloaded from the bottom of this page http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vrc-team-leadercoach/

So if you want to see what is considered the best in the world have a look at them.

The key design notebook points presented by Nancy McIntyre of the RECF are

The Design Process

  • The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers follow when they are trying to solve a problem and design a solution for something; it is a methodical approach to problem solving. 
  • This is similar to the “Scientific Method” which is taught to young scientists. 
  • There is no single universally accepted design process.  It seems as though most engineers have their own twist for how the process works. 
  • The process generally starts with a problem and ends with a solution, but the middle steps can vary.

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Steps in the Design Process

Engineering Notebook

  • Use Every Day
  • Use Every Page
  • Print In Ink
  • Number Sequentially
  • Do Not Remove Pages
  • Include Daily Objectives
  • Single Line Cross outs
  • Document All Research
  • Label Everything
  • Permanently Attach Items
  • Date Pages
  • Initial Entries
  • Never Erase
  • Show All Work
  • Document testing
  • Show Coding

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The Design Award

  • The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management and team organization.
  • The Engineering Notebook requirement of the Design Award has no specified format.
  • Each notebook should be created through a concerted effort by a team to document their design decisions.
  • Throughout the season, many larger events will send their Design Award winner to a state or regional Championship, and as a result, teams should start their notebooks early and update them often.
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The Key Criteria in Judging the Design Award

  • 1) Engineering Notebook is a clear, complete document of the team’s design process
  • 2) Team is able to explain their design and strategy throughout the season
  • 3) Team demonstrates personnel, time and resource management through the season
  • 4) Teamwork, interview quality, and team professionalism.

Judging of Engineering Notebooks

  • Creating and maintaining an Engineering Notebook is in no way “required or mandated” for teams participating in the overall VEX Robotics Competition. Although the Engineering Notebook is not required, maintaining an Engineering Notebook is highly recommended because the process can have many benefits for the team.
  • The development of technical writing skills is a valuable tool to acquire. There are two awards given at the VEX World Championship (and some local events) which requires teams present their Engineering Notebook to the judges -- the Design Award and the Excellence Award.
  • All teams are encouraged to create an Engineering Notebook and bring it to events to show and discuss with Judges.
  • Judges are always interested in learning and seeing the various skills students acquire and demonstrate through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition.
  • Teams are welcome to bring support materials, flyers, team promotional materials, and items such as an Engineering Notebook to events to share with judges.
  • It is encouraged that all members of a team contribute to this portion of the project throughout the season.

Resources

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Most of you will know that rubber bands make great muscles for your robots. When used on your robot’s arms they can help your motors lift the arm and save overloading the motors by counteracting gravity.

#32 rubber bands have long been legal on VEX competition robots and now #64 rubber bands are legal as well! The best place to get your rubber bands from is your local stationary store where you can get packs of 100 bands for next to nothing.

Chris Hamling

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Hi,

The following teams still need to register by 5pm tomorrow (Friday 8th August) if they want to attend the Auckland Ladder Scrimmage #5

  • Auckland Girls Grammar School
  • Baradene College
  • Cambridge High School
  • Edgewater College
  • Onehunga High School
  • Otara Clubhouse
  • Rutherford College

The online registration link can be found here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IrJ2N_OEHSq8MXPI-P2VRy4BEGwRJXVNIijRGwQ6hPs/viewform)

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Hi all,

It has taken 3 weeks to get the parts from Auckland Airport to Massey :-0 yea I am asking why too!

So if you are interested in what is available go to our web store and have a look around.

 

Our PDF catalog has also been updated.

Have fun, they are really cool.

Chris Hamling

 

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Hi All IQers,

A technical advisory note on the small radio modules that clip into the brain and the joystick.

It has been noticed that if you remove either of these modules from their socket that a small plastic shroud the surrounds the pins in the brain or joystick can sometimes stay inside the RF module and damage will be made to the pins when you try to put the module back in.

So please DO NOT remove the RF modules for any reason once you have inserted them, not even to check if it will happen to you. Complete disassembly of the brain or joystick is required to rectify the issue.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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Hi All,

I am writing to remind you about the upcoming scrimmage this Saturday 9th Aug, and to confirm that we are running our usual VEX Robotics Wellington Club Night on Thursday this week, 7 Aug 2014.

The next VEX Wellington Scrimmage for the VEX Skyrise game, is at WelTec this Saturday 9th August from 10am. The competition will be held in the WelTec Student Hub which is at the foot of the 7 storey high WelTec tower block building on Kensington Ave Petone, and the doors will be open from 9am on the day.

Everyone is welcome to come on Saturday and have a look at what's going on, so feel free to pass this invitation on to family, friends, colleagues etc. There will be a number of teams from out of town coming down to Wellington for this competition, so there should be some exciting robots and competitions to watch. There will be a sausage sizzle running at lunchtime, so bring some gold coins!  We will have some new mini VEX IQ robots, and an official VEX IQ field with IQ game elements at the scrimmage also.  If you don't have your own robot, you can come and try one of ours at the scrimmage!

There is a flier for the scrimmage attached to this email, so feel free to print or email that to others at your school, work, or anywhere else!

For our club nights, people can come from 4.00pm on Thursdays, to WelTec Petone - N Block - room NE039. WelTec students will usually be working on their robots from around 5pm.  N Block is between Kensington Ave and Cuba St Petone, there is free parking after 5pm, and access is from either end of the building. It doesn't matter if you don't have a robot - feel free to come along and have a look anyway!

We have made some good progress on working out ways to put keen students who don't have a VEX robot at their school, in touch with robots. If that's of interest to you, email me and I will see what I can do to connect you with a robot.  From Thursday next week, we expect visitors to our club nights to be able to use our VEX IQ robots to hone their robot skills, & compete, even if they don't have their own robot.

If you have any queries about the scrimmage on Sat 9th or our about VEX Wellington club nights, you may contact me in the first instance.

Cheers

Adrian

Adrian Ferguson
Senior Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering Technology
Wellington Institute of Technology
(+64) 04 920 0466 x563
021 134 9275
www.weltec.ac.nz

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Hi All,

Some good news!

New Zealand has 8 yes eight spots at the 2015 World Championships. This is broken down as follows:-

  • 7 x VRC High School Spots
  • 1 x VEX IQ spot.

High School Spots

  • 1 x Excellence*
  • 3 x Tournament Champions*
  • 1 x Design*
  • 1 x Robot Skills**
  • 1 x Programming Skills**

VEX IQ spot

  • 1 x Excellence

*We will try to get funding for these teams but as usual we cannot promise to do so.

**If  a  team  double  qualifies,  then  the  next  highest  Programming  or  Robot  Skills  Challenge  Score  team will get the spot and so on. If you are top in Programming or Robot Skills then you will qualify for the World Champs even if you are not in the top 30 world rankings. Giving these a try as they suddenly have got a whole lot more important.

Actions:

Please could you go to http://www.robotevents.com/map

Select VEX IQ, VEX & VEX U

Select What: Team

Click on filter and check that your team is registered (listed) at the bottom of the page. It is essential that you are as next year's qualification spots depend upon this year's number of registered teams.

If your team is not there (not listed) then download the form here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/2014-2015_team_registration_fo.htm fill it in, scan it and email it to me urgently so that I can get your team registered.

If your team is not registered with the USA then you should not be competing.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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The 5th Auckland Ladder scrimmage will now be held at Massey University Albany. This is to coincide with the Massey University Open Day on the 16th August. It will be held in the Recreation Centre on the main (East Precinct) Campus. This is another chance for teams to compete in the Auckland Ladder, skills will be available and VEX Via will be used throughout the day for live results!. 

Date: Saturday 16th August
Venue: Massey University Albany Recreation Center
Times:
09:00 - Doors Open
09:15-09:30 - Team Check In
10:00 - Matches Begin
12:00 - Lunch Break
12:30 - Matches Resume
14:30 - Qualfication Matches Finish
17:00 - Venue Closes

All teams who have reserved spots must register before Friday 8th August, 5pm. Registration can be done by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or filling in this online form.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Hi all,

I have some grant money to cover accommodation, food and registration fees for the event from the 1st to the 5th of December. You have to do is get from New Zealand to the event and back.

If you are interested in being considered for the grant and can commit to going please email me with a paragraph or two detailing why your team should be considered as recipients of the grant. I would like to have your submission by Monday the 25th of August.

Event Details:

The 8th Asia-Pacific Robotics Championship will be held on December 2-4, 2014 at China Dongguan.

Over 200 teams from Asia-Pacific countries will be at the competition.


The Schedule as below:

December 1st: Registration Opens  

December 2nd to 4th : Qualification Matches Start
December 5th :Communication, visit, carnival activities

VEX Skyrise for Middle School:
 http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/re-vrc-14-1656.html

VEX Skyrise for High School:
http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/re-vrc-14-1673.html

VEX IQ Highrise:
http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/re-viqc-14-1667.html

BDS Robotics Competition (Click to see video)
BDS Humanoid Competition (Click to see video)


The
VEX  competitions are VEX Robotics World Championship qualifers.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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Hi All,

I am writing to remind you about the upcoming scrimmage on Sat 9th Aug, and to confirm that we are running our usual VEX Robotics Wellington Club Night tonight, Thursday 31 July 2014. Teams can come from 4.00pm on Thursdays, to WelTec Petone - N Block - room NE039. WelTec students will usually be working on their robots from around 5pm.

N Block is between Kensington Ave and Cuba St Petone. There is free parking after 5pm, and access from either end of the building. It doesn't matter if you don't have a robot - feel free to come along and have a look anyway!

The next VEX Wellington Scrimmage for the VEX Skyrise game, is at WelTec on Saturday 9th August from 10am. The competition will be held in the WelTec Student Hub which is at the foot of the 7 storey high WelTec tower block building on Kensington Ave Petone, and the doors will be open from 9am on the day.

Everyone is welcome to come and have a look at what's going on, so feel free to pass this invitation on to family, friends, colleagues etc. We expect teams from out of town to come down to Wellington for this competition, so there should be some exciting robots and competitions to watch. There will probably be a sausage sizzle running, so bring some gold coins! We expect to have some new mini VEX robots at the scrimmage also, so if you don't have your own robot, come and try one of ours at the scrimmage!

There is a flier for the scrimmage attached to this email, so feel free to print or email that to others at your school, work, or anywhere else!

We have made some good progress on working out ways to put keen students who don't have a VEX robot at their school in touch with robots. If that's of interest to you, email me and I will see what I can do to connect you with a robot. If you have any queries about the scrimmage on Sat 9th or the VEX Wellington club night this week, you may contact me in the first instance.

Cheers

Adrian

Adrian Ferguson
Senior Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering Technology
Wellington Institute of Technology
(+64) 04 920 0466 x563
021 134 9275

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Sorry to bother you all but we get several payments a month that are hard to allocate to those paying but this latest one is impossible.

Please could you always put your invoice number in the reference or something that we can identify you with.

If you recently paid $243.63 please could you let us know who you are and what it was for otherwise we will be forced to use it to feed the volunteers ;-)

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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We have made a last minute change of venue for the Sunday Scrimmage to the Electronics/Sewing workshops at Otumoetai College. Same school, just 50m short of the action centre we had previously advised. This alternative venue will be warmer, more "friendly" and a lot easier to set up.

This is the spot: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B81ProobmtWbRWJGX2RCelExNzQ/edit?usp=sharing  or https://goo.gl/maps/tLL94

There is a dairy and takeaways about 50m down the road.

Please let me know if you are at all unsure about how to get to the Venue. Basically, drive down Windsor Road, past the signpost for the pool/tennis court and you will see a bus-stop on the right with an entrance immediately prior. Take this entrance and the venue is in front of you, slightly to the left as in the image.

See you Sunday.

  • A rough itinerary for the day is (very flexible):
  • 8:00 - 9:30, BOP will set up
  • 9:30 - Others arrive.
  • 9:30 - 10:15 - Registrations (Vex IQ + VRC)
  • 10:15 - Welcomes
  • 10:30 - Round 1 (Vex IQ), 10:35 - Round 1 VRC.
  • 12:00 - Lunch Break
  • 1:00 - 3:00 - Resume Competition(s)/ Vex IQ Workshop
  • 4:00 - Everyone should have departed.

Regards


--

James Low (Bay of Plenty Robotics Coordinator)

0211025004

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Hi All,

There will be a VEX IQ event alongside the VEX event this weekend.

For event details please refer to our event calendar http://www.vexrobotics.co.nz/events

Come and see the revolution in Education in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W2Y-P4AzXg&list=UUrXrv7HlILk8K-KJfmxaO5w

Chris Hamling

 

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Hi All,

I’m pleased to confirm that we will be running a Skyrise Scrimmage in Wellington at WelTec on Saturday 9th August.

The doors will open at 9am on 9th Aug, and we propose to start at 10am. Other details are still being finalised. We hope to run a sausage sizzle, and we will also gratefully accept any offers of assistance with the official/technical side of running the event. We are of course keen to have participation from as many teams as possible. For planning purposes, it would be handy to get indications of how many teams might be keen to attend.

Cheers Adrian

Adrian Ferguson
Senior Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering Technology
Wellington Institute of Technology
(+64) 04 920 0466 x563
021 134 9275
www.weltec.ac.nz
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Hi all,

I have been asked to remind all teams of the Skyrise rule <G4> that reads as follows.

"<G4> Only Student Drive Team Members may touch the team’s controls at any time during a Match, and
are the only Drive Team Members allowed to interact with the Robot as per <SG4>. Adult Drive Team
Members are not permitted to touch the controls or interact with the robot or Skyrise Sections. Minor
violations of this rule that do not affect the match will result in a warning. Egregious (match affecting)
offenses will result in a Disqualification. Teams that receive multiple warnings may also receive a
Disqualification at the head referee's discretion."

So adults, if you must be at the field, please do not touch anything.

This has been energetically debated in the forum here http://www.vexforum.com/showthread.php?t=81258&highlight=loading so please do not violate it.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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Hi all,

I knew it would happen and it has!

Every scrimmage in Auckland will be bigger than our first Nationals with 36+ teams at every scrimmage after Whangaparoa. I knew this was going to happen, it has just happened a little sooner than anticipated.

This is great but could create some problems that the volunteers and I need your help to avoid. The scrimmage reservation system is working well and teams are mostly confirming that they will attend without too much chasing. Thanks.

The Auckland scrimmage planning group have discussed ways to streamline scrimmages and this is what resulted.

This blog lets you know what we need your help with and the changes we will be making at scrimmages to enable us to let everybody play the matches they are scheduled for. We do not want to be still playing at 7pm!

1/ The event calendar http://www.vexrobotics.co.nz/events will be your go to place for information on events.

2/ Teams need to confirm that they will be at the scrimmage by 17:00 on the Friday the week before the scrimmage that they have a reserved slot in. This helps us ensure that nobody forgets a scrimmage and to plan for final numbers. Remember that there is no waitlist. One team has unfortunately already been turned away at a scrimmage, please, we don't want to have to do it again.

3/ Teams need to have checked in by 09:30 on the day of the event at the latest. If they have not they will not be able to compete as the schedule for the day will be generated at 09:35. If you are delayed then you can contact us to let us know and we will check you in.

4/ VEX Via will be available to teams - see Hayden's recent post.

5/ We will have printed match schedules posted around the venue so teams will know when they will be playing. For cost and time reasons we will not be printing individual schedules for teams.

6/ There will be a drivers and coaches meeting of 10mins starting at 09:40 before every scrimmage so the running of the scrimmage can be explained. The rule about not waiting, being on time and ready for matches will be restated during these meetings so everybody knows.

7/ Matches will start at 10:00 sharp and run to the minute after that even if the teams for the match are not ready. A 'Master Clock' will be at the event so everybody knows the same time. Matches will start on time even if teams are not there, not ready, not in size etc etc We will not wait for you. With 40 teams playing a match every 5mins we have to get through 5hours of constant competition in a day. We would prefer to get sharp with start time than to have to reduce the number of teams at a scrimmage. Lunch will be 1/2hour.

8/ Drivers and coaches will be expected to reset the field after their match. Setup layouts will be at the field to help. If the drivers and coaches leave the field without resetting the field they will be called back to the field and they will have to reset the next matches (number to be determined.) Needing to work on your robot will not be an excuse. We need to help the volunteers with this.

9/ We will be creating a roster of teams to help set up and pack down as the days are getting way too long for the volunteers and we need to help them with the load.

10/ We are looking at remote speakers so people in the extended venues can all hear the announcements. This should be less of a problem with us running on time and printed schedules displayed.

11/Remember to hand in your design notebooks for judging at the scrimmages you attend. Teams that hand in their notebooks at every scrimmage they attend will stand a better chance of winning the design Award at the Nationals compared to those that do not. (Teams that do not come to AKL scrimmages will not be subject to this 'grading'. It is just that seeing the notebooks on a regular basis helps with proving that the notebook was a process rather than a panic.)

If we all work together then these large scrimmages will flow beautifully and we will be able to finish on time.

Looking forward to a continuing fantastic season.

Chris Hamling

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VEX Via will now be available for teams attending Auckland scrimmages to get instant scores, rankings and schedule for the scrimmage on their mobile devices. VEX Via is supported by Android and Apple Devices, any other devices are still able to view the results and information on the main RobotEvents.com website. 

People wishing to use VEX via will need to download the application from either the Play Store or App Store to have it installed on their devices. Devices will need to have a mobile data connection available during the scrimmage as WiFi will not be available for use.

The Auckland events will appear on VEX Via a few days before the scrimmage starts and information will be available during the day as it will be continuously updated to provide live scores and up to date event rankings or schedule at any time. 

We hope as many people as possible will start to use this application as it allows up to date information and doesn't require printing of match schedules. If there are any issues directly related to VEX Via for a Auckland scrimmage, please contact myself so that we can have them sorted out. VEX have kindly provided this system for use and we hope that it can be utilized well in New Zealand

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The fourth Auckland Ladder scrimmage will be held at Whangaparaoa College on Saturday the 2nd of August. This will be another chance for teams competing in the Auckland Ladder!. There will be skills available and all results will be published live to VEX Via and Robot Events (A separate post will be sent out detailing these applications). The scrimmage will be held in the school auditorium which is located on this map. A map for Whangaparaoa College can be found here.

Date: Saturday 2nd August
Venue: Whangaparaoa College Auditorium
Times:
09:00– Doors Open
09:15-09:30 – Check In (All teams attending this scrimmage must have checked in!)
10:00 – Matches Begin
12:00 – Lunch Break
12:30 – Matches Resume
14:30 – Qualification Matches Finish (as do skills fields and any involvement with the Ladder for this scrimmage)
14:40 – Alliance Selection Begins
14:45 -  Elimination Matches
17:00– Venue Closes 

All teams who have reserved spots but who have confirmed their spots must do so by Friday 24th July, 11:59 pm. These schools currently include Kristin School, Pinehurst School, St Cuthberts College and Free Range Robotics. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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