STEM Challenge 2020

Archive for October, 2020

Deadline Extended

by on Oct.13, 2020, under Uncategorized

With some schools going back to remote learning, we have decided to extend the deadline to November 6th. If you have completed it, please fill out the google form ASAP. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sTPP5c8bnem8PclghqjD_97Sx4F72OWaCId_XcpdLKU/edit

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The instructions say we can use 12″x12″ cardboard. Can we cut it and use it in different areas of the project?

by on Oct.12, 2020, under Uncategorized

Yes, it can be cut and used however you would like. This question has been asked and answered here on the blog. Remember to view both pages of questions by clicking on “Next page” at the bottom.

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Can we use duct tape of our own? and can it be black or other colors?

by on Oct.12, 2020, under Uncategorized

Yes, as long as it is Duct Tape and is the standard size, it is fine. The more colorful the better!

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Are we able to tape the wicket to the cardboard sheet?

by on Oct.09, 2020, under Uncategorized

The wicket is the target you are shooting towards. That may not be taped to anything. It must rest on the floor and be built as shown. You can tape your device to the cardboard sheet.

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Can we have someone outside of our team film the official test?

by on Oct.07, 2020, under Uncategorized

Yes, a team member does not have to be the one filming. Feel free to recruit a teacher, parent, or friend.

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What is the point value for ONE toilet paper roll? Can we split the cost of the unit if we split the unit?

by on Oct.06, 2020, under Uncategorized

For tp rolls, we can split the cost if you only use one. The wording is a little tricky in the materials list. You could use up to 4 tp rolls, for a total of 18 points. If you only use one tp roll, that would = 4.5 points. We will round up to 5 points so we only have whole numbers.

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Can you cut a dixie cup in half to use in a device?

by on Oct.05, 2020, under Uncategorized

Yes, any items can be cut or divided. The items still cost full value whether or not you use all of them or part.

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Can one member launch the ball and another member reset the wicket during the official test?

by on Oct.02, 2020, under Uncategorized

Yes! Teamwork is encouraged to score as many points as possible. You may use all 3 or 4 of your members to retrieve, reset, launch, cheer, and make adjustments during your test.

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Can I make a slingshot that rests on a base, but then I pick it up and shoot at the wicket?

by on Oct.01, 2020, under Uncategorized

No, your device must be free-standing and stay on the base or floor for the entire 3 minutes. You may use one hand to help hold it in place while activating the device with the other hand, but it can’t be picked up and must stay standing if let go.

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