Mind A-Mazes 2019

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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