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Re: Electric Vehicle C

Postby GoldDigger » May 12th, 2017, 7:31 pm

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markuswso17 wrote:What do you guys think top 3 National scores will be? Also what diy up think is the width of the thinnest vehicle at nationals?

I know somebody who has a very successful vehicle which is around 4cm thick (I think they go for a 6-7 cm bonus). Expecting them to win first with about -18 or -19 score, and 2nd and 3rd to be around -15 or -16.

I know a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy who is getting a 2cm bonus.

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Re: Electric Vehicle C

Postby windu34 » May 12th, 2017, 7:55 pm

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Bazinga+ wrote:
markuswso17 wrote:What do you guys think top 3 National scores will be? Also what diy up think is the width of the thinnest vehicle at nationals?

I know somebody who has a very successful vehicle which is around 4cm thick (I think they go for a 6-7 cm bonus). Expecting them to win first with about -18 or -19 score, and 2nd and 3rd to be around -15 or -16.

I know a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy who is getting a 2cm bonus.

Smashing cans is pretty risky though. Hope I get to see it
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Re: Electric Vehicle C

Postby Bazinga+ » May 12th, 2017, 9:04 pm

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markuswso17 wrote:What do you guys think top 3 National scores will be? Also what diy up think is the width of the thinnest vehicle at nationals?

I know somebody who has a very successful vehicle which is around 4cm thick (I think they go for a 6-7 cm bonus). Expecting them to win first with about -18 or -19 score, and 2nd and 3rd to be around -15 or -16.

I know a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy who is getting a 2cm bonus.

Oh yeah I know who you're talking about. However they do it by smashing the cans, which, as windu mentioned, is risky and depends on the cans' weight. Also the team you're talking about isn't getting very good accuracy, so scores around -16 at best.
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Postby 4Head » May 13th, 2017, 2:59 pm

Bazinga+ wrote:
GoldDigger wrote:
Bazinga+ wrote:I know somebody who has a very successful vehicle which is around 4cm thick (I think they go for a 6-7 cm bonus). Expecting them to win first with about -18 or -19 score, and 2nd and 3rd to be around -15 or -16.

I know a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy who is getting a 2cm bonus.

Oh yeah I know who you're talking about. However they do it by smashing the cans, which, as windu mentioned, is risky and depends on the cans' weight. Also the team you're talking about isn't getting very good accuracy, so scores around -16 at best.

Is this Mentor? For the record, at OH states they were no longer the only team splitting the cans.
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Postby markuswso17 » May 13th, 2017, 5:02 pm

4Head wrote:
Bazinga+ wrote:
GoldDigger wrote:I know a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy who is getting a 2cm bonus.

Oh yeah I know who you're talking about. However they do it by smashing the cans, which, as windu mentioned, is risky and depends on the cans' weight. Also the team you're talking about isn't getting very good accuracy, so scores around -16 at best.

Is this Mentor? For the record, at OH states they were no longer the only team splitting the cans.

How many teams in Ohio split through the cans and how successful were they?
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Postby Bazinga+ » May 14th, 2017, 5:09 am

markuswso17 wrote:
4Head wrote:
Bazinga+ wrote:Oh yeah I know who you're talking about. However they do it by smashing the cans, which, as windu mentioned, is risky and depends on the cans' weight. Also the team you're talking about isn't getting very good accuracy, so scores around -16 at best.

Is this Mentor? For the record, at OH states they were no longer the only team splitting the cans.

How many teams in Ohio split through the cans and how successful were they?

As far as I know, nobody is going for splitting the cans because it adds too much error for it to be worth it.
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Postby 4Head » May 14th, 2017, 7:09 am

Bazinga+ wrote:
markuswso17 wrote:
4Head wrote:Is this Mentor? For the record, at OH states they were no longer the only team splitting the cans.

How many teams in Ohio split through the cans and how successful were they?

As far as I know, nobody is going for splitting the cans because it adds too much error for it to be worth it.

I think that's what will happen as well, Mason had a crazy good run at states without splitting, so it's evident that bonus is not a huge factor when teams are close.
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Postby MIScioly1 » May 14th, 2017, 7:11 am

My team was successful in splitting cans, but unfortunately, at States we hit the photogate timers at the 0.5m mark because our vehicle turned first and then went straight. While our team went back later to test without the photogate timers and was very successful, we were only able to get participation points (which meant a 50th place) because we couldn't fix the issue within the 8 minutes. We were consistently getting scores of -10 to -15 at our high school.
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Postby markuswso17 » May 14th, 2017, 8:56 am

MIScioly1 wrote:My team was successful in splitting cans, but unfortunately, at States we hit the photogate timers at the 0.5m mark because our vehicle turned first and then went straight. While our team went back later to test without the photogate timers and was very successful, we were only able to get participation points (which meant a 50th place) because we couldn't fix the issue within the 8 minutes. We were consistently getting scores of -10 to -15 at our high school.

What was the average distance you were from the target and how consistent was it?
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Postby MIScioly1 » May 14th, 2017, 11:35 am

markuswso17 wrote:
MIScioly1 wrote:My team was successful in splitting cans, but unfortunately, at States we hit the photogate timers at the 0.5m mark because our vehicle turned first and then went straight. While our team went back later to test without the photogate timers and was very successful, we were only able to get participation points (which meant a 50th place) because we couldn't fix the issue within the 8 minutes. We were consistently getting scores of -10 to -15 at our high school.

What was the average distance you were from the target and how consistent was it?


We usually ended up about 5cm or less away from the target, and it was quite consistent. It was really unfortunate when we only got participation points at states, because the people who built it worked tirelessly on it - I think it would've been pretty much a guaranteed 1st if the photogate timers were 5cm further apart.
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Re: Electric Vehicle C

Postby markuswso17 » May 14th, 2017, 5:26 pm

MIScioly1 wrote:
markuswso17 wrote:
MIScioly1 wrote:My team was successful in splitting cans, but unfortunately, at States we hit the photogate timers at the 0.5m mark because our vehicle turned first and then went straight. While our team went back later to test without the photogate timers and was very successful, we were only able to get participation points (which meant a 50th place) because we couldn't fix the issue within the 8 minutes. We were consistently getting scores of -10 to -15 at our high school.

What was the average distance you were from the target and how consistent was it?


We usually ended up about 5cm or less away from the target, and it was quite consistent. It was really unfortunate when we only got participation points at states, because the people who built it worked tirelessly on it - I think it would've been pretty much a guaranteed 1st if the photogate timers were 5cm further apart.

Did you go to any invitationals?
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Re: Electric Vehicle C

Postby MIScioly1 » May 14th, 2017, 9:13 pm

markuswso17 wrote:
MIScioly1 wrote:
markuswso17 wrote:What was the average distance you were from the target and how consistent was it?


We usually ended up about 5cm or less away from the target, and it was quite consistent. It was really unfortunate when we only got participation points at states, because the people who built it worked tirelessly on it - I think it would've been pretty much a guaranteed 1st if the photogate timers were 5cm further apart.

Did you go to any invitationals?


Yes but we built a new vehicle after regionals because the initial one was very inconsistent. None of the invitational competitions used photogate timers either. We had 6 weeks between regionals and states so we had plenty of time.
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Re: Electric Vehicle C

Postby Bazinga+ » May 21st, 2017, 5:36 am

Anyone know how many vehicles utilized a caliper for steering at Nationals?
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Postby 4Head » May 21st, 2017, 6:02 am

Bazinga+ wrote:Anyone know how many vehicles utilized a caliper for steering at Nationals?

All of them.
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Re: Electric Vehicle C

Postby markuswso17 » May 26th, 2017, 10:46 am

What are some interesting design ideas you thought of this year? I know some attempted to plow between the cans, and there was a joke about stacking the cans and sorting it with a specially shaped plow so you would have a negative can bonus. What other interesting methods were there?
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