Mind A-Mazes 2022

Do all team members need to be present/together to check in for registration?

by on Oct.19, 2022, under Uncategorized

No. Team members may show up at different times during the registration period from 11:00-12.  The first team member to show up can ‘check in’ at the registration table, find a spot in the commons area, and wait for other team members to arrive.  The time between 11-12 is also the best time to eat lunch (if students bring one), as custodians would like food limited to the commons (not the big gym) as much as possible.  Students will start moving to the big gym at 12, so all device tinkering and lunch should be wrapped up by then.

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LEGO/ K’Nex and similar toy set use: What’s considered a ‘significant part’?

by on Oct.14, 2022, under Uncategorized

No one type of toy or piece of a toy (including LEGOS) should make up a significant part of your device.  A device made largely out of LEGOS would not be acceptable, even if it was custom made.

This rule is intended to prevent teams from just making a LEGO or K’Nex vehicle (frame+wheels/axle) and putting a sail atop it.  Even if the mast/ sail is not using the toy set pieces, judges could rule that a ‘significant part’ of a vehicle is made from toy set pieces (like LEGO or K’Nex).  To avoid possible disqualification, the safest bet is to use different materials (not all one toy set) for wheel/axles and the main frame.  If you feel like you may be using TOO many toy set pieces and fear judges may rule the device to be ‘significantly’ made of toy set pieces, you should add additional components, pieces, or materials (not from toy set pieces) as part of your device framework and overall design.  Have your coaches check with meet organizers beforehand if you’re unsure as well! 🙂

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Does the Hex Nut need to be physically attached to the device or can it simply rest upon the device?

by on Oct.14, 2022, under Uncategorized

The hex nut does not need to be physically attached to the device (it may rest upon it), but be aware that the nut is considered ‘part’ of the device, so if the hex nut were to fall off the device, distance would only be measured for the device up to that point!

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May Quest teachers also fill the role of coach?

by on Oct.14, 2022, under Uncategorized

Yes, Quest teachers may be listed as the ‘coach’ on the registration form.

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How many accuracy points would you get if just part of your device gets past a 5 foot accuracy mark before contacting the lane marker?

by on Oct.10, 2022, under Uncategorized

There will be “Accuracy Markers” in each lane every 5 feet to help judges measure accuracy.  The entire device must pass an accuracy marker without touching the lane in order to receive points for that marker. 

For example, a device contacts a lane marker at 10 feet (accuracy stopped at that point), but the rear-most portion of the device is not PAST the 10 ft. mark, the device would get accuracy bonus for the 5 foot mark (earning 5 additional points), not the 10 ft. mark.

Here’s rule C6:

  1. Accuracy points will be gained by devices that remain in their lanes. For every 5 feet traveled (60 inches) within the lane, an additional 5 points will be added to the total score.  If at any time the device contacts the lines marking the lanes, or crosses over the lines, accuracy points may not be earned from that point on. This does not apply to parts of the device held above the floor that might appear to cross over lanes, but do not directly contact the floor.
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What distance measurement will we get if our device goes backward on the course?

by on Oct.10, 2022, under Uncategorized

Judges will measure the distance your device has gone (to rear-most portion of device) after 1 minute.  So if a device went 9 feet, but rolled backward 1 foot before the 1 minute time has finished, then the device distance score would be 8 feet.  Here’s rule B10:

  1. A maximum of one minute will be allowed for the device to negotiate the course.  If the device has not completed the course when one minute has elapsed, points will be given for distance completed at the end of that minute.
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Can we use a hot glue gun during the 5 minute setup time?

by on Oct.07, 2022, under Uncategorized

No.  Hot glue would be considered a liquid at the time of the competition (Rule B3 violation), and also may cause clean-up and electric power issues, so no hot glue guns during setup time.  *You still may use hot glue guns prior to the meet beginning (commons area), but ALL teams are required to move their devices into the large gym before the meet begins (at which time teams may no longer work on their devices until they are called down to the competition floor for their 5 minute setup time).

Rule C1. Tables will be available in the commons on which teams may store jackets, lunches and other belongings. Teams will place their devices in a special section of the gym after they register.

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Are you able to have a supported structure on your device that reaches over the 4 foot width?

by on Oct.07, 2022, under Uncategorized

No.  According to Rule C3, the entire device (parts touching the ground and parts above the ground) must fit in the 4ft. x 4ft. starting area.  Here is Rule C3:

  1.  The rear most part of the device will be placed on the starting line, which will be 2 feet in front of the fan.  Each device must fit within a 4 feet by 4 feet starting area (so no device can be more than 4 feet wide or 4 feet long) – judges will check these dimensions before each team starts. The device will remain at rest until the team captain signals the judge to turn on the fan.
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Can a team member hold or release the device right before or after the fan is turned on?

by on Oct.07, 2022, under Uncategorized

No.  Rule C4 states that team members may not touch their device at any time after the judge has been signaled to proceed.  This means the device must be situated and then left alone until the judge turns on the fan.  See Rule C4:

  1.  Team members may not touch their device at any time after the judge has been signaled to proceed and timing has started.  Team members will be directed where to stand during their heat, and are expected to remain there until judging has been completed.
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Are there other things besides the device allowed in the starting area?

by on Oct.07, 2022, under Uncategorized

Teams are allowed to bring supplies into the starting area, but it all must be removed before the judges start the fan.  The only thing sitting on the floor starting area should be the device itself (no launch pads, ramps, etc.)  .   See Rule C3:

  1.  The rear most part of the device will be placed on the starting line, which will be 2 feet in front of the fan.  Each device must fit within a 4 feet by 4 feet starting area (so no device can be more than 4 feet wide or 4 feet long) – judges will check these dimensions before each team starts. The device will remain at rest until the team signals the judge to turn on the fan.
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