Mind A-Mazes 2019

by on Oct.02, 2019, under Uncategorized

*Since we want to reward teams who put creative thinking and design into their long-term challenge (as opposed to finding loopholes and not following the true theme of the challenge), it’s important to clarify what judges will and will not count as steps in the chain reaction (regarding Rule 10 below):

**Judges will only count a REPEATED transfer of energy between 2 different actions ONE TIME. All other transfers of energy which judges consider similar to an energy transfer step already used in the device will NOT be counted as a different energy transfer step. Energy transfer steps which have already been used in the device MAY be used again (repeatedly) in the device, but they won’t be counted as a scored energy transfer ‘step’ for the device after the first time they’re utilized. This will reward teams who put a variety of energy transfers in their device, as opposed to those teams who just use similar energy transfer steps over and over again in order to gain points.

Here are some examples to consider which should help… *Team A uses a repeating series of energy transfer steps where a marble or ball hits an object, which then falls or hits another marble or ball, and repeats this same process many times. Team A would get 2 energy transfer ‘steps’ for the initial marble or ball hitting an object (energy transfer) and the object falling and hitting another marble or ball (energy transfer). So 2 steps total (if this was all they included). All other steps which judges felt were repeating this same process would not be counted as ‘different’ actions, but repeat actions, so no additional points. *Team B uses 5 different energy transfer steps which all include different actions, objects, materials, or energy sources which the judges understood to be different and not repeated energy transfer steps. This team would have 5 steps total scored by judges (if their musical instrument played).

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