Judging Table – 4 volunteers
Judges score student entries at a judging table. Judges meet with each student team to look over vehicles and listen to the students explain their reasoning behind the design and engineering components of their vehicles. The goal is to establish that the students grasp the basic concepts of design/build/test/race. Judges are provided score sheets for each vehicle/team. Vehicles are judged in three categories: 1) Craftsmanship, 2) Engineering, and 3) Best Use of Recycled Materials. Each judge will be responsible for one of these categories.
Race Track Line Judge – 4
Volunteers Line judges are positioned on both the Start (Start Line Judge) and Finish lines (Finish Line Judge) of the race track to monitor the racers.
Start Judge(s) will watch to make sure that racers are all positioned behind the starting line and do not push their vehicle forward. The Start Judge will also be responsible for making sure that the students have the correct power source attached to their vehicle(s). If the race is being conducted outside and it is sunny, solar panels are used. If the weather in cloudy, or the race is being conducted indoors, battery power is acceptable. Line judges will make sure that all racers have good batteries.
Finish Line Judge(s) will watch the finish line to determine the “placing” of racers (1st, 2nd 3rd) Finish Line Judge is also responsible for collecting batteries and battery packs ( if used) from students post-race and returning them to the Starting Judge to hand out to the next set of students.
Fix it Table – 2 volunteers
Volunteers at the fix-it table will assist students in making last minute repairs or changes to their vehicles. Students will bring their vehicles up to the table to use the available different tools/part to fix or alter their vehicles for the race. Volunteers may help guide, but not directly fix, student vehicles – with one exception: Students are not allowed to use the soldering iron.
Volunteers will assist students by with soldering at student request. This is the only time that the students will be getting assistance from an adult with their vehicles.