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by packer-backer91
November 7th, 2010, 5:04 pm
Forum: 2011 Build Events
Topic: Mousetrap Vehicle C
Replies: 441
Views: 55371

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Woohoo! I've built my first vehicle for this year. But I can already tell that it is far too light to get any traction or for the braking system to work properly. Any ideas on how to add weight? Are there any common household objects I can use? remember not to add too much, sand can be messy to att...
by packer-backer91
November 1st, 2010, 10:19 pm
Forum: 2011 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Bad Event Coordinators
Replies: 88
Views: 10505

Re: Bad Event Coordinators

I have had my fair share of "bad" event supervisors but like some have said they are volunteering their time to be there so show quite a bit of respect to help the supervisor out if they are lacking to follow the rules. There were times that I have seen huge infractions at the State/ Regional level ...
by packer-backer91
November 1st, 2010, 11:15 am
Forum: 2011 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Michigan 2010-2011
Replies: 125
Views: 21416

Re: Michigan 2010-2011

HannahD413 wrote:Who has the most number of teams? Is it New York.

Yes, last year New York had the most total teams with 611 [B&C], Michigan is second with 513.
by packer-backer91
October 31st, 2010, 6:32 pm
Forum: 2011 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Michigan 2010-2011
Replies: 125
Views: 21416

Re: Michigan 2010-2011

Unless half of the teams don't want to participate anymore MI will pretty much always have 2 each division [had the most div B and 3rd most div C teams in the nation for quite a while and is still second in total number of teams]
by packer-backer91
October 26th, 2010, 9:41 pm
Forum: 2011 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Michigan 2010-2011
Replies: 125
Views: 21416

Re: Michigan 2010-2011

My region had two teams (region 3) go to State last year for both div.’s. My middle school did quite well finished 11th, my team a disappointing 24. The other div C team from my region did not do well but that was there first ever time being able to go to state so it would be my hope that my old reg...
by packer-backer91
October 25th, 2010, 9:45 pm
Forum: 2011 Build Events
Topic: Mousetrap Vehicle C
Replies: 441
Views: 55371

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Times this year should be much quicker than last year so the extra length of the pointer is kind of a big thing if like winneratlife guesstimated that it could be a second of time loss by using the full 1m box. My vehicle was not the fastest by any means [15ish seconds was the fastest] so by that tr...
by packer-backer91
October 17th, 2010, 10:01 pm
Forum: 2011 Build Events
Topic: Mousetrap Vehicle C
Replies: 441
Views: 55371

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

I'm sorry, but I do not think it is cheating at all. It is definitely illegal to add things to your mousetraps to make them stiffer, or try to wind them around an extra time (which is really difficult), as was explained in a rule clarification last year. Part of engineering is about building to the...
by packer-backer91
October 17th, 2010, 4:31 pm
Forum: 2011 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Michigan 2010-2011
Replies: 125
Views: 21416

Re: Michigan 2010-2011

last year:
C = top 6 teams
B = top 10 teams

I think they should post the number of teams that make it from each region on the Michigan SO page.
by packer-backer91
October 17th, 2010, 12:00 pm
Forum: 2011 Build Events
Topic: Mousetrap Vehicle C
Replies: 441
Views: 55371

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

On a different note: this year in 5b. and 3g. the rules make it obvious that you should put your fixed point of reference at the back of the car, so that the car has to travel the least distance because the fixed point no longer starts at the line: because of the rule change, the point starts as fa...
by packer-backer91
September 29th, 2010, 8:28 am
Forum: 2011 Build Events
Topic: Mousetrap Vehicle C
Replies: 441
Views: 55371

Re: Mousetrap Vehicle C

Take a look at this . I'm not too sure one the idea of having using string as a brake especially for this event. String never will spool exactly as you want it to, even if you have threads to guide the string as it transitions from on axel to the next there in a large uncertainty if that will happe...

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