Yoooooo I was last time slot too. Were you the guy with the 7.4 volt lipos?
Yup! That was me! If you really remember who I was, I had "Digitos usque secti erunt" on the back of my shirt, the unofficial motto for hovercraft. Hats off to you Marie Murphy, you were 0.3 seconds off. Close, but no cigar. I took the title of best build score!
I was actually off by more than that, our time was 20.5 seconds. However, I only missed two problems on the test.
Was your hovercraft affected in any way by the track, or was the track basically the same as the one you were practicing on?
No, our track was entirely unaffected. As stated previously on the forums, I make sure to test on a wide variety of surfaces to ensure I can shoot for an accurate time. Using the data I have on melamine, polished stone, tile, plywood, steel, folding tables, etc, I have multiple formulas to predict the time of my vehicle with an accuracy of 1 second. Having scored within 1 second of the target on the first run (90% of the time, I do), I change the resistance to go for the gold.
Build score of 49.88/50 at Nationals!? Slacker!
Shady Side Academy Division C
Hovercraft, Thermodynamics, Chemistry Lab, Mat Sci