Timing

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Re: Timing

Post by Jkwashbourne » February 10th, 2013, 9:09 am

Here is the relevant rule:

"electrical components are limited to batteries, wires, mechanical switches, and/or up to 3 motors. No computers, integrated circuits, or any other unlisted electrical components are permitted in the device"

We think a homemade resistor is nothing but a long wire. I guess it could be interpreted differently.

After our first event yesterday, we realize how much leeway the judges have. In part that is because the wording of the rules is sometimes ambiguous. It was clear at our event (Bay Area regional) that the intent was not to winnow the competition. Having never been to another event, I wonder how much variability is introduced by the differences in the volunteer judges.

I should be clear that I have a lot of respect for the volunteers who spend that whole day judging.

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Re: Timing

Post by hogger » February 10th, 2013, 9:34 am

Jkwashbourne wrote:Here is the relevant rule:

"electrical components are limited to batteries, wires, mechanical switches, and/or up to 3 motors. No computers, integrated circuits, or any other unlisted electrical components are permitted in the device"

We think a homemade resistor is nothing but a long wire. I guess it could be interpreted differently.

After our first event yesterday, we realize how much leeway the judges have. In part that is because the wording of the rules is sometimes ambiguous. It was clear at our event (Bay Area regional) that the intent was not to winnow the competition. Having never been to another event, I wonder how much variability is introduced by the differences in the volunteer judges.

I should be clear that I have a lot of respect for the volunteers who spend that whole day judging.
Personally, I would allow it. But there is definitely a chance that some judges will not allow this and basically put your device in tier 1. If homemade wire wound resistor is allowed, is commercial wire wound resistor is also allowed then? So for me, I would not risk going that way just to get variable voltage on the last task. You can manually change voltage using less or more number of batteries in series. Not as fine grain as resistor, I would admit.

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Re: Timing

Post by Jkwashbourne » February 10th, 2013, 10:43 am

it would be cool to have a forum where the volunteer judges could contribute their thoughts on some of these issues. especially when fresh off the events. with a disclaimer about "not official etc etc etc".

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Re: Timing

Post by The Big Theory » February 26th, 2013, 12:27 pm

I don't really need this forum anymore but i'm keeping this as reference for future Scioly users. :geek:
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