GoNerdHerd wrote:I have a question regarding parallel tasks. For the special task, a counterweight falls, lifting a small mas up a ramp. The counterweight itself triggers the next task, however, as the mass moves up the ramp, it tightens a string which prevents granular material from falling out. Is this a parallel or dead end task?
Flavorflav wrote:Hi all,
I am judging this event tomorrow and taking a last look through the rules I ran into a couple of issues that I would appreciate some advisory opinions on.
1. The way 3.b.i is phrased implies to me that devices which do not have 4.a as the first task and 4.m as the final task have a construction violation and would be scored in the second tier. Agreed?
2. 3.c allows "mechanical switches" but does not define the term. I could make an argument for or against mechanical relays and reed switches. My gut reaction was to allow the latter but not the former, but I can't justify the distinction and so I am currently inclined to allow both. Any thoughts?
GoNerdHerd wrote:What happens is, a pin is yanked out releasing a counterweight that falls. The counterweight lands on a mousetrap to begin the next task. However, as the weight falls, it moves a mass up a ramp. The mass does not make it to the top of the ramp, so I thought it woud be a dead-end task. I then added a string to the back of the mass so that as it moves up the ramp, it tightens the string which will prevent spills of granular material in the final task.
GoNerdHerd wrote:Would anyone consider a score in the range of 850-950 a good competitive score for regionals?
mnstrviola wrote:We didn't get all the results yet, but I know we got higher than 10th place (higher meaning 11th, 12th etc.)
ttboy99 wrote:My group and I did pretty well at regionals with this event (5th), but are not getting a lot of possible points because it runs too fast, only 7 or 8 seconds. Any ideas on how to slow it down before states?
Orchdork wrote:GoNerdHerd wrote:Would anyone consider a score in the range of 850-950 a good competitive score for regionals?
Yes that is a good score for regionals. What place did you get?
Flavorflav wrote:A question for the experienced supervisors out there: at regionals on Saturday, a student's TSL said that their lever for task C was supposed to pull a string, then as an separate unscored task had the string activate a mousetrap. During their run the mousetrap failed to activate, so I did not score the lever. The student argued that since the lever moved, it pulled the string and completed the task as described in the TSL. They won anyway so I did not need to revisit my judgment, but I am curious as to what you all think.
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