Mind A-Mazes 2017

Can the students be pulling the triggering mechanism back and then release, or does it have to be latched down to something that they trigger?

by on Oct.10, 2017, under Uncategorized

The students can not hold it down and release it.  The device must be ready to fire without being touched in any way by the student other than to trigger it.

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another reminder

by on Oct.10, 2017, under Uncategorized

**Remember that team devices may not extend outside the cubic meter, before or after the shot AND one edge of the cubic meter is the starting line!  In other words, make sure team devices don’t have a piece extend across the starting line after it’s been fired (since it’d be beyond the cubic meter edge of the starting line)

One edge of the “cube” must be on the starting line when the device is in the ready position.  No part of the device may extend outside of the dimensions of the cubic meter before or after a shot.

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A few reminders

by on Oct.10, 2017, under Uncategorized

**Remember that judges will determine if teams balls are acceptable or not!  Racquet balls or tennis balls are fine, but make sure your teams aren’t using what’s considered a ‘plastic’ ball by judges (even if it’s pliable) and doesn’t meet the description from the packet below….

 

Each team will bring a launching device and a hollow spherical rubber ball that is a minimum of 3 centimeters in diameter (a racquet ball or tennis ball is the recommended type to use). Judges will determine if the ball the team brings is acceptable (so if you have a question about your team ball, check with your Coach!).

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Are ping pong balls an acceptable type of projectile? They do measure over 3cm.

by on Oct.10, 2017, under Uncategorized

No ping pong balls would not be allowed, remember you need to use a hollow spherical rubber ball.

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Can the device be fired by stepping on it to provide the force?

by on Oct.05, 2017, under Uncategorized

No, the device must be ready to “fire” without being touched in any way by the student other than to trigger the device.

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Are you able to throw multiple balls at the same time, in the same throw?

by on Oct.05, 2017, under Uncategorized

No, you can not throw multiple balls at the same time.  It states in the limitations that “a hollow spherical rubber ball …” That indicates a single ball. You can, however, have different balls with you that you would use for different distances, as long as they meet the requirements.

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Does the ball need to stay completely hollow? For example, can one or a few objects be added to the inside?

by on Sep.29, 2017, under Uncategorized

The hollow, spherical ball needs to stay noticeably hollow (hollow enough for judges to easily determine that it’s hollow).  If any refinements are made to the ball a team uses, the ball and device must still follow the other rules and limitations from the rest of the problem packet.

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does the basket/target sit vertically or horizontally

by on Sep.28, 2017, under Uncategorized

The wastepaper baskets will be placed standing upright.  It is a regular wastepaper basket that is in classrooms.

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Can the catapult bounce the ball into the basket?

by on Sep.21, 2017, under Uncategorized

No, your score will be based on where the ball hits first.

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