This section is designed to keep every team informed and on an even playing field. All questions that are asked by a student, coach, or parent pertaining to the competitions or the tournament are answered and posted here.
All building events
Question: When doing the events such as Tower building or other building events, do the event supervisors post the results from each team as they progress so each subsequent group can see what they need to beat or is it all private until the end of the day?
Answer: All scores are kept private throughout the day. Absolutely no posting of times/scores/etc. will take place at the State Tournament.
Aerial Scramble, and Wright stuff
Question: What are the room dimensions for Aerial Scramble and Wright Stuff?
Answer: The Mellencamp Pavillion is 90,000 square feet. It is an indoor practice facility for football. Ceiling height is 72 feet. Above 72 feet are rafters. The air ventilation system will be shut off on tournament day.
Question: Will test flights be allowed on Friday evening?
Answer: Yes, Mellencamp Pavilion will open from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening for test flights.
Question: Will test flights be allowed on tournament day?
Answer: Yes, we have a designated area for test flights.
Question: What happens if our plane gets stuck up in a light fixture, rafter or in a net?
Answer: If the plane cannot be retrieved using a helium filled Mylar balloon, the device will be left where it landed. We will not rent an elevated work platform (often referred to as a cherry picker) to retrieve the aircraft.
All events that require aprons/lab coats
Question: Will kitchen aprons work?
Question: What is the challenge for state?
Answer: Challenge will be posted 2 weeks prior to the state tournament.
Question: For the laser shoot, will the teams be allowed to remove the obstacle mirror, put their templates in, and replace the obstacle mirror?
Answer: As previous experience has shown, mirrors are very finicky things, and especially with a contest requiring mm-scale accuracy, even a small perturbation could greatly alter the score of a given team. I will be firmly securing the obstacles to the laser shoot baseboard (most likely gluing, though exact details have yet to be worked out). In any case, teams will NOT be allowed to move the obstacles. Note that the rules do not explicitly allow tools for altering templates (e.g. scissors), with the exception of writing utensils, so I will not be allowing such tools in the event. I would therefore advise the template-makers (if indeed templates are being used) to take this into account.
Question: Will the rules posted on the National website or the State website be used for the trial events?
Answer: We will use the rules posted on the State website.
Question: Can we participate in a trial event even though we did not indicated we were on the pre-registration form?
Answer: Yes, we are prepared for every team to participate in every trial. We just wanted some idea of how many teams were planning ahead to do the trial events.
Question: Who can compete in the trial events?
Answer: Any student from your school may compete in a pilot or trial event. That means official competitors, observers, and alternates may compete. The maximum number of competitors per school can be found in the official rules for each trial event.