Mind A-Mazes 2022

How many teams can a school bring to the meet?

by on Sep.29, 2022, under Uncategorized

Schools can bring up to 4 teams to the district meet on October 22.

*If more than 4 teams are attempting the challenge at a school, the school will need to have a runoff by October 17 to determine their 4 district meet teams.

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Are teams required to be 3-4 members?

by on Sep.27, 2022, under Uncategorized

Yes, teams should be 3-4 members, not less than 3 or more than 4.

Please have your adult coach contact challenge supervisors with questions regarding this requirement.

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Can we use magnets in our device?

by on Sep.27, 2022, under Uncategorized

No.  Magnets are considered a potential energy source, so they are not allowed from rule B2:

  1.  Your device must be powered by the wind from the fan. You may convert this wind energy into another form of energy, but the original source of energy must be the fan.

Teams may find a way to convert the wind energy, but cannot use the wind energy to release or trigger a stored energy source on their device.

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Width/ Length Rule Clarification

by on Sep.27, 2022, under Uncategorized

The width of each device can’t be larger than 4 feet, as Rule B8 states:   The devices must fit within the four-foot wide lanes.

 

**When considering the length of your devices, remember that Set Up/Competition rule C3 states:

3.  The rear most part of the device will be placed on the starting line, which will be 2 feet in front of the fan.

*The fan cannot be moved during setup, so devices need to have a length which will fit within the 2 feet of space between the fan and starting line!  Devices may not touch the floor BEYOND the starting line prior to starting the fan and the device beginning its attempt.

 

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Is there a height limit to the device?

by on Sep.27, 2022, under Uncategorized

No.  There is no height limit, but there is a width and length requirement.

 

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Can a human be a part of the device? Sitting in the device?

by on Sep.27, 2022, under Uncategorized

No.  A living human cannot be part of the device.  In your packet rules, rule B3 states:

  1.  Teams may not use electricity, remote control, manufactured motors, battery power, fire, CO2 cartridges, gases, explosives, liquids, animal power, human power or anything else that may be harmful and/or might cause excessive clean-up issues.
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Can you use an assortment of Legos even if they came from a kit but are now broken into individual pieces?

by on Sep.27, 2022, under Uncategorized

You may use LEGOS for a portion or part of your device, but you should NOT have the most of your device be made out of manufactured objects from one company like LEGO.  One way to look at this rule is judges would allow a device to have LEGO wheels/axles OR a LEGO designed body, but to have both together (essentially a LEGO vehicle) would violate rule B11 and likely result in disqualification.   You need to use other ‘found’ materials to construct parts of your device to make it eligible for the district meet.

Rule B11 states:  A “created device” refers to a mechanical device constructed of a variety of “found” materials. Teams may spend up to $15 to purchase materials if needed. Devices based on a manufactured toy/object may be disqualified.

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*2022 “Mind A-Mazes” Blog will become active on Monday, September 19th and shut down in the final week of the challenge (week of October 16)! *Be sure to check in regularly for updates, Q&A’s, and challenge clarifications!

by on Sep.08, 2022, under Uncategorized

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