Gravity Vehicle C

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Gravity Vehicle C

Postby Jim_R » August 14th, 2012, 10:56 pm

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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby iwonder » August 30th, 2012, 4:37 pm

Any guesses now that the rules are out? Lower ramp height, circular motion, or variable ramp height were discussed last year, I believe trying for a certain time in the run was also? I should probably wait... but I'm really impatient :D
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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby fishman100 » August 30th, 2012, 5:00 pm

Any guesses now that the rules are out? Lower ramp height, circular motion, or variable ramp height were discussed last year, I believe trying for a certain time in the run was also? I should probably wait... but I'm really impatient :D
If I had to guess the changes from the discussion in last year's thread, I'd say lateral movement of the target point and/or a target time are the changes this year. Not to mention that the specs for the vehicle/ramp probably changed too...
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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby iwonder » August 30th, 2012, 5:28 pm

I hope there aren't any big changes to the ramp... I'd love to not have to build a new ramp...
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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby twototwenty » August 30th, 2012, 5:33 pm

Personally, I think a target time combined with the target point would make this event really, really interesting. Imagine, having to make your vehicle travel for a certain amount of time which is anounced at the competition: Adjustable ramp heights!

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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby Teal » August 30th, 2012, 7:25 pm

I'm actually looking forward to building a new ramp... here's hoping!
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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby iwonder » August 30th, 2012, 7:30 pm

The annoying part about the ramp is the release mechanism... Our first two ES's had different interpretations of the rules... Just out of curiosity, what's everyone else been doing for a release mechanism? We just mounted an exacto knife to the ramp and tie the vehicle up with a string :D
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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby twototwenty » August 31st, 2012, 3:59 am

Our event supervisors from regionals, whom I have no complaint about, told us that the best thing to do as of last year's rule would be something like having a mousetrap which when triggered pulls out a pin which releases the vehicle. They said this kind of thing would fit the requirements of most Event Supervisors.

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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby chalker7 » September 5th, 2012, 7:32 am

Our event supervisors from regionals, whom I have no complaint about, told us that the best thing to do as of last year's rule would be something like having a mousetrap which when triggered pulls out a pin which releases the vehicle. They said this kind of thing would fit the requirements of most Event Supervisors.
As one of the rules writers, one of our largest struggles is predicting how various event supervisors around the country will interpret our wordings. We spend a huge number of hours debating various options to try and make things as clear as possible, but of course every year there are always issues. One of the best things you all can do for us is let us know about curious or "alternative" interpretations of the rules at the various competitions around the country so we can more clearly understand how exactly everyone is interpreting the rules and so we can improve next year.
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Re: Gravity Vehicle C

Postby retired1 » September 5th, 2012, 8:24 pm

One of the best things you all can do for us is let us know about curious or "alternative" interpretations of the rules at the various competitions around the country so we can more clearly understand how exactly everyone is interpreting the rules and so we can improve next year.
How is the best way that the average person can do this. I am not aware of any site until after a competition and that goes to the state, not the national rule writers. Except for the 1% that go to the nationals.


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