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Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 27th, 2008, 6:47 pm
by rocketman1555
don't u have to compete in the national events, they have some good earth science events

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 27th, 2008, 6:49 pm
by gneissisnice
You mean the National trial events? We didnt get to nats last year or the year before. 3rd =/. And if you mean the normal events, I got fossils and dynamic, but I want something....off the beaten path, if you will.

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 27th, 2008, 7:07 pm
by rocketman1555
o, ok, i think i understand now, does NY do state events? TX does, and they're usually ok, but sometimes i would like something a little different, because they are usually former nat events

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 27th, 2008, 8:36 pm
by gh
gneissisnice wrote:Sumo-bots is a very fun event, but unfortunately, schools without a lot of money rarely win. I say rarely because last year we didnt spend a whole lot on it, were completely surprised when it made the finals, and then flat-out shocked when we won first. :lol:

Theeey're oouuuut. http://newyorkscioly.org/SOPages/cstate2009.html

So we have Sumo Bots and a pre-build physics/earth sci lab event. Kind of like Awesome Aquifer, if you remember it.

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 27th, 2008, 9:36 pm
by andrewwski
SumoBots can be an issue without money I guess...definitely moreso than EV or Robot Ramble.

But I just don't have the expertise and time to do it, and nobody else on our team really does either.

I'm already trying to figure out what I'll be juggling...definitely Egg-O-Naut, EV, Elevated Bridge, Trajectory, plus maybe another one...

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 27th, 2008, 10:32 pm
by gh
I'll probably cut myself some slack; I've got only Sumo Bots and EV as definites for me. If I just focus on those, I have a much better chance of doing really well. I kind of want to finish my last year with some extra medals. I have either Trajectory or JYC (who knows? NY probably won't have it) as a maybe, but I don't plan on playing major roles in those.

Sumo Bots is very easy (and cheap) to get into compared to Ramble, but much harder (and expensive) to win at. It's very picky about design and parts choices, and can't be improvised and slowly added to like Ramble can be. My 2007 bot looked like this, just in case anybody has seen it before:
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Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 28th, 2008, 6:52 am
by gneissisnice
Bah. No trial events for me then, both building :( . And yes, I consider that building, because I am so technologically impaired that I doubt I can build something that even remotely resembles a solar powered...thing.

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 28th, 2008, 6:30 pm
by andrewwski
gh wrote:I'll probably cut myself some slack; I've got only Sumo Bots and EV as definites for me. If I just focus on those, I have a much better chance of doing really well. I kind of want to finish my last year with some extra medals. I have either Trajectory or JYC (who knows? NY probably won't have it) as a maybe, but I don't plan on playing major roles in those.

Sumo Bots is very easy (and cheap) to get into compared to Ramble, but much harder (and expensive) to win at. It's very picky about design and parts choices, and can't be improvised and slowly added to like Ramble can be. My 2007 bot looked like this, just in case anybody has seen it before:



Yeah...I wish I only had a couple events...that's how it was 2 years ago. Wright Stuff and Circuit Lab. Took 2nd in Circuit Lab with about 1 hour of preparation, so all I had to focus on was WS.

Last year I did Circuit Lab, WS, EV, and Boomi. I had a plane that broke a few days before competition, an EV that started acting up about a week before and took me a week to troubleshoot (unti 6 AM the morning of), and Boomilevers that didn't do what I wanted them to. Still managed to pull off medals in all but one though...and that was due to a problem in Boomi that I had never had happen on the other 3 of that design.

So 4 building events this year...phew. I better get off this computer and start working now.

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 29th, 2008, 12:07 pm
by gneissisnice
Thats why I like study events. While a building event can go wrong at the very last minute, theres an extremely low chance that the day before the competition, youre going to forget everything you ever learned about your event.

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: August 29th, 2008, 2:28 pm
by ScienceIsMyLife
especially if you go to my school, where you're still cramming and learning everything the day before...or on the bus to regionals...

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: September 24th, 2008, 5:51 pm
by SOM.is.my.life
gneissisnice wrote:Thats why I like study events. While a building event can go wrong at the very last minute, theres an extremely low chance that the day before the competition, youre going to forget everything you ever learned about your event.


I like building events. Although it takes a long time, It is just so much more fun, because everyone wants to help you, even if it's just holding a piece of wood or screwing a nail. It's a nice feeling. Besides, if you take care to do enough research work, it is actually hard for something go wrong. Persay, you forgot a wrench to tune your instrument, that is no worse than forgetting a pair of goggles for forensics.

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: September 24th, 2008, 5:51 pm
by SOM.is.my.life
Oh yeah, I'm from the North Shore part of Illinois

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: September 24th, 2008, 7:46 pm
by dudeincolorado
hmmm that makes sence ^^ i brought emergency balsa, glue, ruler, saw, sand paper, sharpie,pencil, goggles, and an extra tower :D hehe im CrAzY1!1! :shock:

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: September 25th, 2008, 2:14 pm
by andrewwski
That should be part of the "emergency" kit. Maybe not an extra tower, but everything else is a good idea for building events. I wouldn't feel comfortable going without a few sticks of balsa and a toolbox with CA, extra batteries (for EV) and an extra 555, sandpaper, pens/pencils, protractor, calculator, carpenters glue, etc. A million extra motors for WS and some tape and tissue for last minute repairs. Might as well throw in a soldering iron and stuff too. Always better to be prepared.

Re: What State and Region are you guys in?

Posted: September 25th, 2008, 6:35 pm
by rocketman1555
also need duct tape, because if all else fails its a quick and easy fix for some of the events :D