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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by new horizon » November 23rd, 2010, 6:47 pm

Well, generally if your axle rod is on a slant you can travel around an obstacle... you just need a lot of testing....

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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by robotman » November 23rd, 2010, 7:07 pm

You will also want to play with angles so that you have an angle associated with each distance needed to travel
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by new horizon » November 23rd, 2010, 7:17 pm

^yes that's a good idea too.
It's pretty simple but there is a lot of time and dedication involved to testing your buggy for different track widths.

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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by purplepeopleeater » November 23rd, 2010, 7:44 pm

so i missed the competition this weekend-- so i asked our Bat Bug team how it went -- this is what they said
They built the buggy the night before.... collaborated for 30 minutes but it was 11pm so they had to go.
at the competition the first time, it ran into the bucket
the second it ran into the proctor.
we got Fourth in this event out of 20 or so teams...
tell ya anything??

we have a competition in two weeks and we are building an entirely NEW buggy ... sigh. just when we get it straight, they want it to curve.
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by new horizon » November 23rd, 2010, 7:52 pm

well, although perhaps you could get away with a medal with minimal effort at a regional/invitational doesn't mean you can do the same for states or nationals. you definitely want to put more effort and don't procrastinate.

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Post by robotman » November 23rd, 2010, 7:58 pm

purplepeopleeater wrote:so i missed the competition this weekend-- so i asked our Bat Bug team how it went -- this is what they said
They built the buggy the night before.... collaborated for 30 minutes but it was 11pm so they had to go.
at the competition the first time, it ran into the bucket
the second it ran into the proctor.
we got Fourth in this event out of 20 or so teams...
tell ya anything??
I wouldnt count how it worked a Cy falls as a good judge of how it did overall
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by purplepeopleeater » November 24th, 2010, 6:14 am

you kidding??? i know :) not my event though it takes TONS of work to get to nats. haha, TONS

thats why we are building a new one. how it worked at cy falls was a desperate run. our B team got first and they have it pretty down, so we are modifying designs and redoing blueprints.

oh yeah the whole point of the above "story" which is true... is that we ALLLL have work for Div B buggy if our quick build was 4th.
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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by lakeside » December 10th, 2010, 3:54 pm

Is there any reason I couldn't use wind-up lego motors and put the axle on a slant to travel around the obstacle? The rules never mention specifically that you have to use batteries. My school isn't going to be able to get motors but we have plenty of lego pieces lying around :)

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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by ichaelm » December 10th, 2010, 5:08 pm

lakeside wrote:Is there any reason I couldn't use wind-up lego motors and put the axle on a slant to travel around the obstacle? The rules never mention specifically that you have to use batteries. My school isn't going to be able to get motors but we have plenty of lego pieces lying around :)
Take a look at the first sentence of the rules:
DESCRIPTION: Teams construct a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its means of propulsion, quickly travels a specified distance, and stops as close as possible to the Finish Dot.

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Re: Battery Buggy B

Post by WillyG » December 15th, 2010, 3:34 pm

Hey guys I'm just curious: what width of a track would you recommend testing on? What do you think will be the minimum at most competition?

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