Could someone comment on the rule about the dowel rod being the foremost part of the vehicle? Does that mean that whatever secures the dowel rod to the vehicle must stay behind the dowel rod? For example, a piece of wire wrapped around the dowel to hold it in place could not be used because part of the wire would be in front of the dowel? Also, it looks like the rules require the students to bring the dowel rod, so, ok they should be able to build it into their vehicle and not just place it in a "holder" like mousetrap vehicle. But that might make it clumsy to transport. Just thinking out loud, but this looks like a unique challenge. Any comments would be appreciated.
The vehicle must have attached to the front a quarter inch wooden dowel approximately perpendicular to the floor so as to be the foremost part of the vehicle at all times during its run. Its purpose is twofold
35cm off the floor to interrupt laser (if used)
Measurement for distance