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Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 23rd, 2010, 7:13 pm
by glaciergary
I don't know how gelinas and solon did so poorly, NY posted their scores and gelinas did really good at states!

car malfunction?

I am answering for the Gelinas Battery Buggy team. We don't know what happened to get 30th place, unless all the other buggies were incredibly good.

The final distance was about 7 cm and the time was about 3 seconds. My team can give you more accurate details, but I witnessed it and took photos.

We would love to hear how other teams did who placed.

Gary Vorwald
Coach
Gelinas Science Olympiad

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 23rd, 2010, 7:15 pm
by glaciergary
Actually, the distance is probably closer to 10-15 cm.

Coach V

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 23rd, 2010, 7:41 pm
by SLM
Actually, the distance is probably closer to 10-15 cm.

Coach V
Longfellow MS was ranked 9th with a total score of 98.2. The distance was 45 mm and the time was 3.66 seconds.

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 24th, 2010, 2:19 pm
by new horizon
Most likely the 10 or so cm that you were off caused the placing, as that's 100 points right there (quite a bit).

I would estimate that the 1st place buggy probably was off by less than 1/2 cm and around 3 seconds or so for 8 or so meters. It was probably very close.

Anyways, do you know what systems the judges used to time? did they use stopwatches? That's probably a poor idea because the 1st and 6 were probably off by very very little.

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 24th, 2010, 5:07 pm
by Jocool
good point.

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 24th, 2010, 5:08 pm
by robotman

Anyways, do you know what systems the judges used to time? did they use stopwatches? That's probably a poor idea because the 1st and 6 were probably off by very very little.
They where a standard sports stopwatch

Mine was 16cm off to the side
forgot to ask for time though

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 25th, 2010, 6:41 pm
by new horizon
ouch.... how was it off by that much?
did something go wrong competition day?

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 25th, 2010, 7:03 pm
by robotman
ouch.... how was it off by that much?
did something go wrong competition day?
They main thing was my laziness at not testing it for straightness after the ride up from texas :lol:

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 25th, 2010, 7:07 pm
by new horizon
Wait, it became skewed after transporting it? Wow, did you transport it by plane? did the FAA open it up and screw it up so nothing was dangerous? :?

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 25th, 2010, 7:12 pm
by robotman
Wait, it became skewed after transporting it? Wow, did you transport it by plane? did the FAA open it up and screw it up so nothing was dangerous? :?
It was driven up by one of the families who drove. it is really easy to get a large skew with just a small change so thats what happened

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 25th, 2010, 7:15 pm
by new horizon
i'd probably be too lazy to test my buggy in illinois if we went to nats...

I didn't know that transporting a buggy could skew it up.... oh well I guess you have to learn to test everything when you get there. Even though making a straight line is a complete hassle.

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: May 31st, 2010, 9:22 pm
by lllazar
So ive just been studying up on this event...is it like the Mousetrap of B div? Ya, a vulgar comparison - but there are similar issues that you would face in the process of constructing and testing a buggy.

Re: Battery Buggy B

Posted: June 1st, 2010, 1:15 pm
by new horizon
So ive just been studying up on this event...is it like the Mousetrap of B div? Ya, a vulgar comparison - but there are similar issues that you would face in the process of constructing and testing a buggy.
Yes, and no.
Most wheeled events are very similar to each other. Except sumobots and the like but that's not really a wheeled event. There are similar issues, like skid, speed, accuracy, etc.
But the objectives are different, but if you're good at one of the wheeled events I do not see great difficulty in transitioning to the next wheeled event. many of the basics of the design are the same for both events.