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Science Olympiad Answered

Hey! Is anyone here in the Science Olympiad club in their school? If so, post about your Scrambler, Robot Ramble, or Sumo Bot!

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ledzep567
ledzep567

12 years ago

anyone in junkyard challenge? this year was my first, i placed bronze in Junkyard Challenge, Experimental Design and Flying bird. would have won Eggonaut but our rocket got stuck in a tree, by the time it was attacked by that liveoak it had already beat everyone elses time. we placed 4th overall and are going to state, looking forward to it.

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 12 years ago

This is my first year, our regionals are this thursday... I'm not part of the "team" because supposedly you can only register like 16 people (or some number like that) and people on the build team (like me) are considered disposable since you can just get some other person to launch a rocket or something like that. but I don't feel like leaving at 5am and getting back 11pm on a thursday...;

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ledzep567
ledzep567

Reply 12 years ago

atleast prom isnt scheduled on the same day as competition lol, half our team is missing the awards ceremony to drive 2 hours to get back to wilmington in time for prom.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 12 years ago

We just got back from states! (I'm no longer competing, but I still go to competitions to cheer 'em on!) We got 6th overall, and had tons of medals - I think next year we can make nationals!

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 12 years ago

I love how only half of the people are going to prom :P

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hsearchp
hsearchp

13 years ago

so i am waiting for an answer about making the scrambler move with a falling mass? I am using a 2kg weight dropped with a string making the vehicle move forward.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

There are two good ways to do this - but isn't regionals coming up (FAST?!) I'm sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, I've been busy as heck! So, if you want to use a string, I'd do something like the picture I've included. The circles are wheels/pulleys. The red line is a string The green is the car, and make sure that the string can release from that back catch on the car. The blue is the mass. Have fun, and feel free to change plans as much as you'd like!

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hsearchp
hsearchp

Reply 13 years ago

march 8 looking at your design, am i to assume that the car basically rockets out of a starting block? what is the second way?

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Lostkid
Lostkid

13 years ago

So... im in scrambler this year. Basic rules(in case they've changed) >must be a wheeled vehicle >must be propelled by a falling mass >must go for 8-12 meters and then stop before it hits a wall while getting as close as possible. >Must be able to fit in a .75 meter cube That last rule is where i'm running into problems. To go 10 meters the string has to be quite long(our system is a string wrapped around the rear axle that is unrolled by a weight falling from a pulley the string is strung through). A tower of that height would almost double the size requirement. So...any ideas?

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

I've got ideas!

Perhaps think of another way that a falling mass can propel a car, other than pulling a string wrapped around its axle. Remember, the mass doesn't have to stay with the car ;)

(If you're having trouble, I'll give you more clues, I just want you to figure it out.)

-Muffin

P.S. Division B, right?

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Lostkid
Lostkid

Reply 13 years ago

Yes div b... And what I think your implying is that I use a pendulum setup to whack the car. Am I right? The only problem with that is Im not sure how to go about building the stand/frame for the whacker(for lack of a better word).

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Hmmm..... I'm trying to imply a special version of the pendulum setup, where there is no "whacker." As for the frame, try building two squares and connecting them. If you need more help, just ask ;)

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Lostkid
Lostkid

Reply 13 years ago

Im not sure what you're getting at. Do you mean something that is attached to the car and releases it at the end of its swing?

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zachninme
zachninme

13 years ago

We do the FIRST program -- thats about it. I don't think we'd have enough intrest to do it, our robotics team is about 20 people, just enough for that...

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boromakot
boromakot

13 years ago

Well, I'm a little late, but yeah I'm in S.O. Wright Stuff, storm the castle (when they still had it), robot ramble (not official, but design help), wheeled vehicle, & whatever study events I have to fill in for.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Hey! You can never be late! Nice, I was in all of those too! What grade are you in, by the way, 'cause I remember division B was a lot different than division C

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sam
sam

14 years ago

I'm part of FIRST robotics, from the sounds of it, what your doing is similar. We have regionals at the end of the month.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

Interesting, I've never heard of FIRST robotics, does it incorporate "studying" events into the competition too? Good luck with your regional competition! (By the way, does FIRST robotics have a website?)

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 14 years ago

T3h_Muffinator, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think by "studying" events he means where one studies a particular subject, then takes a test, sometimes with a partner, during the competition, much like tests at school, except that they are voluntary :-).

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

On the money, Cameron! Makes sense too, you were in Sci Oly during middle school. And Sam, I'm sorry that I didn't explain the studying events that well...

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 14 years ago

18 medals on the wall, most of them from the studying events. The building ones usually went to the dumb kids who pretended they could handle it, then got their parents to do it for them. @@$%!@$%!#$!!!!~!!!!!!! Three times First at Regionals! Yeeha!

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

Hehe, I just found a couple of old pictures of me in Sci Oly. Check 'em out!

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

Nice! I don't have 18, as I was only in sci oly from 7th grade up, but I do have quite a large array of medals on my wall. I was in all of the building events, but I wasn't stupid like the kids were in your school. I was in studying events as well. Oh, I remember feathered frenzy like it were yesturday!

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

studying events entail studying subjects ie. Chemistry, biology, forensics, oceanography, circuit labs, physics, maps, food science etc. One of the studying events is called 5 star science. It requires knowledge of all of the basic sciences (earth, bio, chem, physics, and environmental)

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CameronSS
CameronSS

14 years ago

I was in Science Olympiad from 6th through 8th grade, but now I'm a 9th grader at a different school that doesn't have a Science Olympiad team. Sad face. That was the B division though, and Scrambler, Robot Ramble, and Sumo Bot are division C events. I considered trying to start a team in high school, but only one of the science teachers isn't a nutcase, and he teaches physics to juniors. I just have to get by with Scholar's bowl. T3h_Muffinator, are you trying to get help with your team to give it an unfair advantage? You sly dog... ;-)

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

No, no! Our team already went to states, I just want to get a taste of how many people on Instructables have had this great opportunity! By the way, would Scholar's Bowl be related to Quiz bowl? I think I'm joining that next year!

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 14 years ago

I have not been in Quiz Bowl, but I think it is very similar to Scholar's Bowl. Team play, questions asked to both teams at once, first team to hit the buzzer gets to answer? If it's pretty much the same thing, go for it. Anyone nerdy enough to be on this site is perfect for Scholar's Bowl/Quiz Bowl!

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

Awesome. The science olympiad coach JUST so happens to be the coach for Quiz Bowl, so I have connections =P

Thanks for the info

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dogsrcool2me
dogsrcool2me

14 years ago

I am. My teams Scrambler is pretty good. The friction on the axels is disapionting though. I have not heard of the sumo bot. What is it? I am one of the main people in the scrambler, robot ramble, electronics test, wright stuff, and boomaliever. What about you? I can't tell you about our robot in robot ramble(top secret)

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

Our scrambler was awesome, but the person running it is pretty much.... an idiot? He always takes way too long to set it up and always calibrates it poorly. I'm in division C if you aren't you wouldn't have the sumo bot. The objective is to push the other bot out of a square, there's size limitations, weight limitations, and a 2 minute time limit. If there's a tie, lightest one wins. Our competition happened already, we got 3rd place in regionals and 15th place in states. Let me know how your school's team goes! I was in: Sumo bot, Wright Stuff, Boomilever, and remote sensing.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 14 years ago

Sumo bot would be really fun...

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 14 years ago

I know that there are competitions nationwide... I suppose that your school might not participate...=/ It really is a great club though. If you ever get the chance, definitely join!