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by JBoyd-NY
March 12th, 2014, 4:54 pm
Forum: 2014 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: New York 2014
Replies: 309
Views: 43814

Re: New York 2014

First, full disclosure: I am a member of the NYSSO Board of Directors. I am also a current SO Coach (and have been for 17 years), I've been a Regional, State, and National event supervisor, and the New York State Science Olympiad Web Master. I am not here to debate the merits of the policy or the ap...
by JBoyd-NY
September 17th, 2013, 7:08 pm
Forum: 2014 Build Events
Topic: Robo-Cross B
Replies: 197
Views: 35191

Re: Robo-Cross B

Bluetooth is 2.4 GHz, so if they allow 2.4 GHz, they have to allow Bluetooth.
by JBoyd-NY
February 25th, 2013, 8:28 pm
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 425
Views: 52259

Re: Robot Arm C

I am running this event at the New York State competition again this year, and one of my first concerns when reading the new rules was how to make an accurate measurement for the bonus points. We are holding the event in a gym with a ceiling that's approximately 30 feet high (roughly 10 meters), and...
by JBoyd-NY
October 12th, 2012, 1:45 pm
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 528
Views: 61190

Re: MagLev C

We have had several teams in New York asking about placing magnets in a "non-standard" position (placing them in spots other than where the Pitsco/Kelvin tracks place them). The State Event Supervisor has requested an official clarification on this, and when he receives an answer to this request we ...
by JBoyd-NY
September 24th, 2012, 8:33 pm
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 528
Views: 61190

Re: MagLev C

The poles of the ceramic magnets are on the face of the magnet - one side is North, the opposite side is South. You can place the magnets against each other to form the magnetic track. The shortest vehicle allowed is 15 cm. Each magnet is 1" (or 2.54 cm) long, so two magnets on each side of the vehi...
by JBoyd-NY
September 8th, 2012, 8:37 pm
Forum: 2013 Build Events
Topic: MagLev C
Replies: 528
Views: 61190

Re: MagLev C

The maximum length of the track used for testing is 95.0 cm, which is roughly 3 feet 1.5 inches. If you build your own track, it must be 4 feet or longer. There's a really simple way to stop the vehicle to make it easy to turn off the motor, and it works if you have a purchased track that is 8 feet ...
by JBoyd-NY
April 23rd, 2012, 6:19 am
Forum: Towers B/C
Topic: towers results for your state: state, team, score and place
Replies: 43
Views: 12597

Re: towers results for your state: state, team, score and pl

Top 6 results are posted on the State web site at the bottom of http://www.newyorkscioly.org/SOPages/bstate2012.html
by JBoyd-NY
April 22nd, 2012, 8:21 pm
Forum: Towers B/C
Topic: towers results for your state: state, team, score and place
Replies: 43
Views: 12597

Re: towers results for your state: state, team, score and pl

New York C Division 1st place:

Fayetteville-Manlius: 7.63 g, 69.50 cm tall, 15.000 kg, score of 107.143

New York B Division 1st place:

Paul Gelinas: 8.74 g, 70.00 cm tall, 15.000 kg, score of 94.394
by JBoyd-NY
March 7th, 2012, 6:17 pm
Forum: 2012 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 531
Views: 67978

Re: Robot Arm C

Fundamentally, I think the issue here is the definition of the tools/detachable objects/magnets/whatever you want to call them. Are the tools part of the base, arm(s) or control box? These are the only allowed components listed at the beginning of rule 3. If they are part of the "base" the the "per...
by JBoyd-NY
March 7th, 2012, 5:02 pm
Forum: 2012 Build Events
Topic: Robot Arm C
Replies: 531
Views: 67978

Re: Robot Arm C

I was proposing a hypothetical. If it's impossible to design a robot arm without having it attached to a base, then why do the rules refer to the base as optional? And I disagree that calling Time before you have completed the tasks is not a penalty, especially if the items that are held by the part...

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