While we were launching our rocket and writing our FRR, the CRW team was also working at the Science Olympiad event held by UAH. The CRW team was in charge of running and scoring the Mousetrap Vehicle for high school students, and the Battery Buggy for middle school students. The students created their vehicles for both events prior to Saturday (March 3). On Saturday morning, the students needed to impound their vehicles before the competition to ensure that their vehicles were within regulation. The CRW team went through each construction parameter with the competitors and the students were able to talk the team through the construction of the vehicle.

For the Battery Buggy event the students had to run a battery-powered car along a 12-meter track as quickly as they could and stopping as close to the finish line as able. The track ranges from 9 to 12 meters so for our event, the team chose 12-meters. The students had to adjust their power and wheel rotations accordingly. The students were talked through the scoring and penalty process for their first run, and were able to correct any details (such as positioning and alignment) they were able to, without changing vehicles or battery power. The idea was to get the score closest to zero.

The Mousetrap Vehicle event had the students run their car pushing a 16-ounce cup 3-meters in one direction, then traveling backwards 7-meters. The idea was that the students pushed the cup either on or past the 3-meter line, and then had their car travel either past or on the 7-meter line. The students had to wind their wheels and mousetraps to what they thought were enough to complete all the requirements. The students were also talked through the scoring and penalty process so they could then adjust for the second run.

As scorers for this event, the CRW team briefly discussed with the each of the teams about the necessary equations and variables that went in to calculating their power and distance requirements. It was also discussed why it was better to use a relatively frictionless surface for this event, and what would need to change for a friction surface to get close to the same results.


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