I know this is not quite pertinent to the conversation at hand, but it merits some consideration in any case...
The way the rules read makes it more favorable to a competitor to enter the event with a device that is within specs, but has only two steps, and has a TSL that matches it!!!
I was up until 1 in the morning the night before the regional competition, which was yesterday, trying to make that darn machine work, but nothing aside from the mousetrap and the flag worked 100%. So, I tied the bar from the mousetrap to the pin holding the flag down, and called it a night after typing up a 2-step TSL. The result was 6th out of 10 teams (and a medal for it), because 1 was outside specs, another team entered a pineapple, and two teams' first actions set off their last action inadvertantly. So, for what it's worth, if you need to make a Mission Machine at the last minute, have less steps, make them work, be within specs, and have a TSL, because the rules favor procedure over being visually impressive. Thankfully...
2007-2008 Regionals: Boomilever (3rd), Environmental Chem (5th)
2008-2009 Regionals: Fossils (4th), Physics Lab (4th), Alternative Energy (2nd)
2009-2010 Regionals: Astronomy (1st), Fossils (3rd), Mission Possible (6th), Physics Lab (1st), Trajectory (2nd)
Clarence High School