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Michelin STEM Challenge 2019




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Dates for 2019 are December 18th and 19th at Laurens District High School Gym


Michelin STEM Challenge

Third Grade Rolling Vehicle Challenge

Task 1 - Speed

Design and construct the fastest rolling vehicle in which the entire vehicle is able to fit within a frame with the inside dimensions of 15 x 20 cm. The front of your car must be the 15 cm side.  Your car will not fit on the ramp if made with the 20 cm as the front. The maximum height of the vehicle is 10 cm.  The vehicle will race down an incline plane with inside track dimensions of 16 cm wide and 145 cm long.  The winner of each heat will advance to the net level of vehicle competition.  The competition will continue until a champion is determined. 

 

Task 2 - Distance

Design and construct a vehicle in which the entire vehicle is able to fit within a frame with the inside dimensions of 15 x 20 cm. The front of your car must be the 15 cm side.  Your car will not fit on the ramp if made with the 20 cm as the front. The maximum height of the vehicle is 10 cm.  The vehicle will race down an incline plane with inside track dimensions of 16 cm wide and 145 cm long. All teams will be given the opportunity to race a vehicle one time for maximum distance.  A distance champion will be determined by the vehicle that travels the greatest distance from the starting point before coming to a complete stop.  (A different vehicle may be used for each task). 

 

Challenge Guidelines

·         Teams may consist of no more than four students.

·         Each teacher may submit one team per class to compete in the speed challenge.

·         Each teacher may submit one team per class to compete in the distance challenge.

·         Each vehicle must be brought in a shoebox with the team name clearly labeled on the outside of the box and on the vehicle.

·         The same team can compete in both challenges.

·         Once a team turns in a vehicle, no changes may be made the day of competition.

·         Students may not fix their vehicles at the challenge line.

·         Vehicles should be placed in a box and brought to the competition.  The box should have the student’s names and teacher name clearly visible. 

·         Students should place their teacher’s name on the vehicle.

 

Rolling Vehicle Construction Guidelines using LINX

·         Be sure your entire vehicle fits down into the frame which is 15 cm x 20 cm; therefore it is recommended that the vehicle be 14 cm x 19 cm or smaller.  

·         If the vehicle does not fit into the frame it will be disqualified. 

·         Making the frame as even as possible, being sure the corners are very clean is the key to getting the car to run in a straight line. 

·         It is suggested that students mark the front of the car so they know which way to place the car on the ramp. 

·         No weights can be added to the vehicle.

  

Michelin STEM Challenge

Fourth Grade Wind Powered Vehicle Challenge

Task 1 - Speed

Design and construct the fastest wind-powered rolling vehicle that will fit within the 15 x 20 cm frame.  The race will cover a distance of approximately 6 meters.  The winner of each heat will advance to the next level of vehicle competition.  The competition will continue until a champion is determined. 

 

Task 2 – Distance

All teams will be given an opportunity to race their vehicle one time for maximum distance. A distance champion will be determined by the vehicle that travels the greatest distance within the marked boundaries from the starting point before coming to a complete stop. 

  

Challenge Guidelines

·         Teams may consist of no more than four students.

·         Each teacher may submit one team per class to compete in the speed challenge.

·         Each teacher may submit one team per class to compete in the distance challenge.

·         Each vehicle must be brought in a shoebox with the team name clearly labeled on the outside of the box and on the vehicle

·         The same team can compete in both challenges.

·         Once a team turns in a vehicle, no changes may be made the day of competition.

·         Students may not fix their vehicles at the challenge line.

·         Vehicles should be placed in a box and brought to the competition.  The box should have the student’s names and teacher name clearly visible. 

·         Students should place their teacher’s name on the vehicle.

  

Wind Powered Vehicle Construction Guidelines using LINX

·         Be sure your entire vehicle fits down into the frame which is 15 cm x 20 cm; therefore it is recommended that the vehicle be 14 cm x 19 cm or smaller.  

·         If the vehicle does not fit into the frame it will be disqualified. 

·         Making the frame as even as possible, being sure the corners are very clean is the key to getting the car to run in a straight line. 

·         Sails may be of any size.

·         No weights can be added to the vehicle.

·         It is suggested that students mark the front of the car so they know which way to place the vehicle. 

  

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5th Grade Mass Vehicle Challenge

Task 1 - Speed

Design and construct the fastest rolling vehicle in which the entire vehicle is able to fit within a frame with the inside dimensions of 15 x 20 cm. The front of your car must be the 15 cm side.  Your car will not fit on the ramp if made with the 20 cm as the front. The maximum height of the vehicle is 10 cm.  The design must be able to hold a 500g (1.1 Pound) weight within or on the frame of the vehicle. The weight is about 6.5 CM tall and 4 CM wide. The weight cannot be attached to the vehicle; it must sit freely on or in the vehicle.  If the weight falls off the vehicle during the event, your vehicle is disqualified. The vehicle will race down an incline plane with inside track dimensions of 16 cm wide and 145 cm long.  The winner of each heat will advance to the net level of vehicle competition.  The competition will continue until a champion is determined. 

 

Task 2 - Distance

Design and construct a vehicle in which the entire vehicle is able to fit within a frame with the inside dimensions of 15 x 20 cm. The front of your car must be the 15 cm side.  Your car will not fit on the ramp if made with the 20 cm as the front. The maximum height of the vehicle is 10 cm.  The design must be able to hold a 500g (1.1 Pound) weight within or on the frame of the vehicle. The weight is about 6.5 CM tall and 4 CM wide. The weight cannot be attached to the vehicle; it must sit freely on or in the vehicle.  If the weight falls off the vehicle during the event, your vehicle is disqualified. The vehicle will race down an incline plane with inside track dimensions of 16 cm wide and 145 cm long. All teams will be given the opportunity to race a vehicle one time for maximum distance.  A distance champion will be determined by the vehicle that travels the greatest distance from the starting point before coming to a complete stop.  (A different vehicle may be used for each task). 

 

Challenge Guidelines

  • Teams may consist of no more than four students.
  • Each teacher may submit one team per class to compete in the speed challenge.
  • Each teacher may submit one team per class to compete in the distance challenge.
  • Each vehicle must be brought in a shoebox with the team name clearly labeled on the outside of the box and on the vehicle.
  • The same team can compete in both challenges.
  • Once a team turns in a vehicle, no changes may be made the day of competition.
  • Students may not fix their vehicles at the challenge line.
  • Vehicles should be placed in a box and brought to the competition.  The box should have the student’s names and teacher name clearly visible. 
  • Students should place their teacher’s name on the vehicle.

 

Mass Vehicle Construction Guidelines

  • Be sure your entire vehicle fits down into the frame which is 15 cm x 20 cm; therefore, it is recommended that the vehicle be 14 cm x 19 cm or smaller.  
  • If the vehicle does not fit into the frame it will be disqualified. 
  • Making the frame as even as possible, being sure the corners are very clean is the key to getting the car to run in a straight line. 
  • It is suggested that students mark the front of the car so they know which way to place the car on the ramp. 
  • No weights can be added to the vehicle. The 500g weight will be added during the competition. No additional weights (i.e. quarters, washers, or any other non-frame materials) can be added to the vehicle during the build.

 

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Sixth Grade Ping Pong Catapult Challenge

Task 1 – Accuracy

Design and construct a catapult that will toss a ping pong ball into targets approximately 4 meters away.  Targets will consist of two containers:  a summer pool (approximately 22 cm in height and 1.12 meters diameter).  The front edge of the summer pool is 4 meters from the firing line.  The smaller container will be placed in the middle of the larger container.  Each team will be given 5 tosses.  A ping pong ball landing and staying in the large container will score 10 points, a ball landing and staying in the smaller container will score 25 points.  A ping pong ball hitting the bucket and bouncing out of the pool area will still score 10 points.  The team with the highest total points is champion.

Task 2 – Distance

Each team will be given the opportunity to toss one ping pong ball for the distance challenge.  The champion for distance will be determined by the team who ping pong ball travels the greatest distance from the launching area.  Measurement will be from the launching are to the point where the ping pong ball strikes the floor. 

 

Challenge Guidelines

·         Teams may consist of no more than four students.

·         Each teacher may submit one team per class to compete in the accuracy challenge.

·         Each teacher may submit one team per class to compete in the distance challenge.

·         Each catapult must be brought in a shoebox with the team name clearly labeled on the outside of the box and on the catapult.  The box will be put along the wall of the gym until the team is called to compete.

·         The same team can compete in both accuracy and distance challenges.

·         Once a team turns in a catapult, no changes may be made the day of competition.

·         Students may not fix their catapults at the challenge line or in the stands.

·         Catapults should be placed in a box and brought to the competition.  The box should have the student’s names and teacher name clearly visible. 

·         Students should place their teacher’s name on the catapult.

                                     

Catapult Construction Guidelines using LINX

·         Be sure your entire vehicle fits down into the frame which is 15 cm x 20 cm; therefore it is recommended that the vehicle be 14 cm x 19 cm or smaller.  

·         If the vehicle does not fit into the frame it will be disqualified. 

·         The ping pong ball must stay in the basket on its own.

·         Only glue can be used to hold the catapult together.  Tape, nails or screws will result is disqualification.

·         Throwing arm cannot exceed 40 cm.

·         The basket can be made of wood, poster paper or a combination of both.

·         Students must construct the entire catapult from scale drawings.

·         Rubbers bands must be less than 1.5 cm in width.




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