Mind A-Mazes 2019

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Device Triggers!

by on Oct.08, 2019, under Uncategorized

I want to remind teams that judges will be looking to have Mind A-Mazes devices ‘triggered’ by one person on the team (see B7 rule).  Teams should use a simple trigger system to start their device (such as cutting an object, removing an object, holding back a marble with a popsicle stick, releasing a clamp, etc. – there are many options).  The point of the trigger is to demonstrate that no additional energy ‘boost’ is being provided by team members – for example, a marble could be released by a trigger that’s simply removed and lets the marble roll, but a team member should NOT be releasing the marble or other trigger object with their hand, since it’d be difficult for judges to determine if or how much energy was provided by human energy.

Coaches, to reduce any anxiety with your team, make sure they have a ‘trigger’ idea to start their device that doesn’t include a team member pushing or energy-assisting with the start of the device.

  1. The device must be triggered by one team member.  After initial triggering, no team member may touch the device until the device has run its course.
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With regard to Rule B11, does “mostly” mean most of the time or most of the steps or…”

by on Oct.08, 2019, under Uncategorized

‘Mostly’ would refer to most of the steps, not most of the time.  For example, a device which has ‘most’ (50%+) of their completed steps performed by manufactured objects like LEGOS, dominoes, marble roll pieces, etc. will not receive scoring points from judges.

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Is a bouncy ball counted as the same energy transfer as a marble?

by on Oct.08, 2019, under Uncategorized

Not sure exactly what’s being asked here – since what the bouncy ball is transferring the energy TO is important for judge scoring:

If the bouncy ball is being used to transfer energy to a different object (not another ball), then it’s allowed once (not repeatedly)

The ball can’t transfer energy to another ball (since that wouldn’t count as a different action).

So a ball and marble could be used in a device and count as different steps if they aren’t triggering a similar object or action (ball to ball, marble to marble) and with the understanding that any actions completed by the marble or ball can’t be repeated by a similar process in other parts of the device.

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