Mousetrap Vehicle (B)

Teams/Students will compete on their own and record the event prior to tournament day.  I recommend running/recording the event between 3pm on Wednesday April 28 and 2pm on Saturday May 1st (Eastern Daylight Savings Time). This should provide the Tournament time to correct any transmission issues, but earlier is better, do not wait until the last minute as the Tournament Support Team may be fast asleep.  To ensure teams do not start before the agreed time, we will post the official “Target Distance” on April 28th @ 3pm EDST.

Prepare a video demonstrating your run and upload your video to YouTube. The video should include a “vehicle impound session” where you can demonstrate that your vehicle does not violate the construction parameters in section 3 (show the measurements of the mousetrap with an appropriate scale/ruler) demonstrating that it follows the parameters of rule 3a, and present some key elements of your masterful creation! Don’t forget to tell me why your vehicle will win! As time is not a variable in this event (and will not affect the total score), the wooden dowel detailed in section 3.d. does not need to extend at least 20cm above the floor, however it must extend to within 1cm of the floor (to align with the Start Point and determine the Vehicle Distance from the Target Point). 

At the end of each run(after the vehicle comes to a complete stop), the team is responsible to measure the Vehicle Distance, show the actual measurement on the tape-measure/ruler, and say it out loud so I can hear you on the video! Remember, you must be my eyes and ears throughout the competition. If you pick-up your vehicle before you perform the measurement or do not show/tell me the outcome, I will be forced to declare the run as a “failed run”. I would hate to see all your hard work go down the “failed” tube!

Please note - this is intended to reflect the experience you would have at a normal tournament.  If your run fails, that is part of the competition (and yes, we know it is painful).  The video submission must be a single video, continuously shot with no editing.  As stated in the rules, you have 10 minutes to set up and perform up to 3 runs.  Your video will be longer than 10 minutes, with your impound session, but the testing is limited to 10 minutes, per the rules.  You are not allowed to do 'multiple takes' to get a good run - this is unethical.

Upload your video to YouTube (categorize it as 'unlisted', not 'private'), and send the direct link to the tournament director [halgren@msu.edu].   Convert an image of your Practice logs to PDF format (only PDF format will be accepted), with the naming convention :  MTV_TeamName_Team# .  Send this file to the tournament director [halgren@msu.edu].  (pay close attention to the practice log requirements detailed in section 4.a.).  To repeat, two items of information - a link to your video, and a PDF formatted version of your practice log, both to the same e-mail address, and preferably in a single e-mail message.

 

 Good luck to all!