We will be hosting the galvanic-cell car race competition again this year, using supplies from the Fuel Cell Store (fuelcellstore.com). Details will be sent to participating teams.
The purpose of this competition is to give students exposure to hands-on design has a different feel from textbook problem solving or even traditional science labs. There is no single correct answer; any number of solutions developed by students can work. Educators know that most students are excited about generating ideas in a group and then building and modifying models based on these ideas. Students can see for themselves how changes in design are reflected in car performance.
The objective of the competition is to use math, physics, and engineering principles to build a small model car that can complete various challenges and to develop skills in programming which is an essential part of engineering.
The competition will have 3 unique tracks. The first two tracks are mechanical challenges where the student uses their own car. The last track is a coding challenge where a student will be given a pre-built car to program.
Students do not need to know any programming beforehand. All programming will be taught during the competition.
General Time Schedule:
Initial Build Time 3 Hours
Track 1 Competition. 30 Minutes
Build Modification Time. 1 Hour
Track 2 Competition. 30 Minutes
Coding and Programming Session 1 Hour
Track 3 Competition. 30 Minutes
All tracks have bonus challenges students can complete to gain extra points.
|NOTE: All cars must be built by the students on the day of competition with limited assistance from the coach or other adults. Please remember this is a student competition. If students have questions they should ask the volunteers at the event FIRST. This is to ensure each team is treated fairly as possible.|