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 Andrew Roberts › › 7 year participant in Science Olympiad  Multi event medal winner at regional and state competitions.

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2  Andrew Roberts › › 7 year participant in Science Olympiad  Multi event medal winner at regional and state competitions › Coached State Champions in Wright Stuff › Lead Instructor for Science Olympiad’s Summer Camps › Science Olympiad Student Intern

3  At the beginning of the event, each team will receive an identical bag of materials.  They will have 40 minutes to build a structure/device that can be tested  The materials and structure will not be announced until the competition starts

4  The team can only use the materials that were given to them by the judges  There are two scoring dimensions › Primary:The main measurement that determines the winner › Secondary:The measurement used to break ties

5  Students may bring: › 1 pair of scissors › 1 ruler › 1 pair of pliers  Nothing else will be allowed

6  Bridges  Towers  Cantilevers

7  Longest/tallest  Longest/tallest to hold a certain load  At least a certain height/length that can hold the most

8  Boats  Timed contraptions  Gliders  Be creative in practice

9  This event is hard to coach, because it is hard to teach students to think outside the box  You can teach them: › Good engineering principles › Good building techniques › How to work together (to an extent)  Learning to think creatively requires practice and lots of it

10  Tension : the member is being “pulled” on

11  Good Tension materials: › Straws › String › Pipe cleaner (wire) › Paperclips › Paper

12  Compression :the member is being “squished”

13  Good Compression Materials: › Straws › Toothpicks › Popsicle sticks › Cups › Rolled up paper

14 Legs Load Platform Cross Bracing

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16 Counter Balance Table Load Applied Here

17 Good: Doubled up straws for legs Triangles for bracing Bad: Not level

18 Good: Very level Triangles for bracing Bad: Legs are single straws instead of double

19 Good: Very level Triangles for bracing Multi-strawed legs Bad: Added extra materials just to use them

20  Conserve materials in case you have to reuse something  Cut tape in half  Unravel string  Bring good tools (especially scissors)  Practice, practice, practice  Practice with different materials  Save straw wrappers


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