wlsguy wrote:I would favor leaving the rules unchanged.
Unlike Wright Stuff, this event doesn't have the long history or the experinced mentors. By leaving everything the same, the students can work to refining rather than redeveloping.
And what about all the students that didn't compete this year in the event but will compete in it next year? They wouldn't have the advantage of 'refining rather than redeveloping'.
As was noted in the original posting, we have a general policy of trying to make at least one significant change to each returning event. The reason is we want to try to level the playing field somewhat for both new and returning competitors. We also want to help prevent the 'passing down' from one year to the next of devices and designs, particularly since for many of the events those are open to semi-public viewing at the tournaments. It wouldn't be very fair if the teams that go to Nationals were the only ones to see the very best devices and designs, and then go back to their states the next year with that information (which most of the other teams wouldn't be privy to).
I'm sorry, I thought the general policy was to have 25% new events, 25% with major changes, 25% with minor changes, and 25% unchanged.
(for example; Helicopters was new, mission possible had major changes, Mousetrap had minor changes, and many other events WIDI, technical, Ornithology, etc are unchanged)
I would also contend the best devices often never make it past the State competition (such is often the case in Ohio). Going to Natls doesn't mean you see the best building devices in the country.
In any case, I still favor only the minimal amount of changes because, at this point, very few teams have a good understanding of helicopters. This is evidenced by the extremely wide variation among the scores at the the various competitions. Once the gap is closer, maybe changes would be needed.
At our own WLS Invitational we had 28 teams participate of the 34 that attended. (6 did not have helicopters)
7 had times less than 10 seconds
4 had times between 10 and 30 seconds
4 had times of between 30 and 60 seconds
9 had times of between 60 and 90 seconds
Only 1 had a time greater than 1:30