Monday, March 12, 2018

Zip a dee doo dah

Q 1).  Is there a limit on the amount of tape they are given:  if so, how much?
A1) There is no limit on the amount of tape given. (Every team will start off with a scotch tape dispenser, but it may be a roll that teams have used in previous rotations. So, if a team runs out of tape, we will provide them with a new roll).

Q2).  If they are crimping the top of their car to hold ping pong ball, do they have put the ping pong ball in just before they run?
A2) Yes, they have to put the ping pong ball in just before the run.

Q3).  Will students be told the zipline dimensions before they start building?  
A3):  Yes

Q4).  How many ziplines will be used for competition.  If more than one will they be different?

A4):  There will be two zip line frames.  We will make them as identical as we can in set up, but there might be very slight variations.  The kids should be coached to do all their runs on the same frame (eliminating one source of variability).

Q5).  In the build room, will the kids have access to the competition zipline for testing?  What will they have for testing?

A5):  They will not have access to the competition zipline for testing.  There will be a zipline set up in the build area for very basic testing.  There will be no timing system and the zipline will not intentionally be the same as the competition.  This test line is meant to allow the kids to verify that the cable car slides down an incline like they want it to do.