Objective: To build an elastic powered device that will move along the floor.
The device will be placed on the floor, in the starting zone, by one of the participants and released. A score will be determined by measuring the time the device (front end) moves from the beginning of the speedway zone to end of the same zone. If any part of the device moves outside the speedway zone prior to reaching the end, it will result in a scratch for that attempt.
Contestants will have three attempts. The best (shortest time) of the three will be used as the final score. The three attempts will be scheduled consecutively; however, contestants may opt to delay the third attempt to make minor repairs or adjustments. In the event of a tie, the second best of the three attempts will determine the winner.
The course is laid out on a hardwood floor with the zones bordered by masking tape. Photogates (click here for more info) will be used for timing. The entire course is three feet wide by twelve feet long. The first two feet form the starting zone while the remaining ten feet form the speedway zone.
Practice runs in the testing area, prior to the actual competition, will not be allowed.