Junkyard Mystery Material?

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Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby tdooner » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:16 am

Hello everyone,

What sort of object could the Junkyard Challenge judges give people to use as a mystery material? I know it could be just about anything, but what, do you all think, may realistically be given?

Just curious. Thanks.
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Postby penclspinner » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:24 pm

Water bottles. O_O

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Postby dudeincolorado » Tue Nov 18, 2008 1:14 am

for tipping the scales bamboo skewers seem interesting
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Postby freeman » Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:09 pm

Who cares??
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Postby dudeincolorado » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:03 am

well.... this is a forum right and someone needs help so we being forum members help or at least try to so in short i do
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Postby andrewwski » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:16 am

freeman wrote:Who cares??


Anyone competing in Junkyard Challenge.
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Postby binary010101 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:05 am

Probably something that would be useful and be a functional part in the "machine." ;)
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Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby DeltaHat » Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:35 am

The mystery material could also be a paper towel roll, a cloth bandana, a compact disk, a banana, or a 1 foot square of bubble wrap.

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Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby jazzy009 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:22 pm

For Indiana the mysteries are:

String, 1 meter
1 quarter
Dixie Cup, 3 oz paper
Ping-pong ball
Rubber stopper, #6, no holes

Not such a mystery there. I bet some states will follow this somewhat loosely, so make sure you're prepared for them. They by no means have to stick to this list though.
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Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby Matthew » Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:55 am

No secrets here:

When I ran this event, the single biggest thing that influenced my decisions for which mystery materials to give was whether I could find enough for all the teams. I remember once I wanted to give AOL CDs as the mystery item, but I only had 45, and there were 48 teams. I wanted to do junk mail too, but you have no idea how hard it is to get fifty identical pieces of junk mail!
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Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby jazzy009 » Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:03 am

haha! thats awesome! at the first competition i did jyc we were given large bolts. the instructors told us at the end we could keep it as our $.33 gift for doing the event.
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Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby sachleen » Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:50 am

Will the judges be using ONE item for everyone or an identical item for each team? Also, the material can't be damaged right? so you couldn't tear/rip it up to use, or (probably) get it wet. Is that correct?

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Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby jazzy009 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:10 am

tehkubix wrote:Will the judges be using ONE item for everyone or an identical item for each team? Also, the material can't be damaged right? so you couldn't tear/rip it up to use, or (probably) get it wet. Is that correct?



The same item is used for every team. well not the same item, but the same kind of item with the same dimensions. (ex: if you are given a 20g bolt, every other team is given a 20g bolt). and you cannot damage the item. Also, you cant tape it or anything. which makes the challenge more difficult. it has to be easily removed from the model.

An example: we got a large bolt for our first comp, we put it in the place of a washer that was holding the scale plate together...if that makes sense. we TIED it to the model. thats a good way to get around the "no tape" rule.
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Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby sachleen » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:01 am

wait, we cant tape the mystery material to the device? darn, i gotta reread these rules.

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Re: Junkyard Mystery Material?

Postby jazzy009 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:38 am

yeah the rules are somewhat clear on that

division c rules state:

"Unmodified materials may not be painted, taped, glued, bent, cut, pierced, smashed or altered in any way before or during construction."

also you cant use glue at the comp... so the glued part inst really necessary.

are division b rules different? i suppose they could be, but i doubt it.
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