Re: Gravity Vehicle C
Posted: September 11th, 2019, 7:47 pm
I have had success using the hallway of a local university, maybe if you have a local university you could do the same? Like you suggested, a community center with sufficient space could be used. I would also suggest asking the other members of your team to see if they have space in their house or have a club house in their community that could be used for testing. I've also done that in the past and had a good time connecting with other teammates as a result. In general, I would just say look for any good floor and take advantage of any time you have to test. Although it may be annoying to have to set up multiple tracks, having to test on multiple floors should allow you to be able to tell how your vehicle's runs will differ on different types of floors for different competitions.I don't know if this is appropriate to put here but I wanted to get other's opinions on this:
Why would they make the distance so long? 12 meters?!?!
This may be unique to my situation but the way our team does building events is the kids do it 99% at home. Most building and testing time is done on weekends and over breaks, which is conveniently when school tends to be closed, so we can't use a hallway or anything like that to test. We don't do scioly as a club after school or during school. Where do you guys test? I've thought about a community center but having to keep transporting builds can 1) increase the chances of something breaking in transport, and 2) constantly changing testing surfaces and locations can introduce confounding variables when ur trying to get sub 5cm accuracy. For MTV, we had a continuous stretch of 8m in the common area of my house, so we always had a constant variable that didn't affect runs differently. with the 12 meter distance this year, it's a different story. I apologize if I sound like I'm whining, venting, and/or ranting but having a constant test surface has always proved to be a must in my experience.