Virginia Science Olympiad: BUILDING EVENTS Div C Building Events Helicopters Mission Possible Mousetrap Vehicle Sounds of Music Tower Building BASICS TO REMEMBER Each device should be clearly labeled with the team name and number
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BUILDING EVENTS Div C
Teams of 2 construct and test rubber-powered helicopters for maximum flight times
(basically – students must construct their own rotors)
Drop a US quarter from above the entire device . The quarter must physically touch and snap a mousetrap that will begin the chain of events.
Raise a sign completely above the top of the device using a single pre-filled helium balloon. The balloon must remain tethered to the device with a string
Students build a vehicle that is propelled by 1 or 2 mousetraps and can push a plastic cup out a distance and return to a point behind the starting line
distance score = the point-to-line-distance (perpendicular) in cm (to 0.1 cm) from the nearest edge of cup to 3 m line + the point-to-point distance in cm from fixed point on vehicle to center of minus 4 m line
(both are positive measurements)