The following idea does not apply to Towers, it is more related to Elevated Bridge.chalker wrote:Yes, we've already thought of this issue and will have a maximum height if we go this route. I disagree that everyone 'will be there anyway', because tower weight will still be an issue, which means that the higher you go, the more you'll weigh. We are working on balancing the scoring formula to appropriately handle this tradeoff between height and weight.dholdgreve wrote: Will there be a maximum height established? Is so, we may as well just set that as the required height, because everyone will be there anyway.
Does it make sense to have the teams build a bridge that rests on a support platform and can carry the weight of a moving train consisting of one or more wagons (as illustrated below)?
This offers students an opportunity to work on a more realistic engineering problem, allows for more variations in design and creativity, and the testing platform is simple to build and relatively safe to operate. I am certain a reasonable scoring system based on weight of the bridge and the number of wagons it carries can be established.