If you are the type of person who does simple things the hard way, then this is the event for you. Nature itself is complex, from microscopic atomic structure to the massive universe with rising entropy and hence the energy conversions. Put your simple scientific ideas into your practical contraption system to shoot a pyramid arrangement, in the most complicated way ( i.e with as many steps as possible consisting of different energy conversions,different geometrical paths, etc.) instead of a simple straightforward step.
CASH PRIZE - INR 30000
Schedule: 10 am to 5 pm -- March 4, 2017.
This event contains only one round, that is, hitting the pyramid.
The system should have a minimum of 10 steps.
A step is an action that results in another action and continues on to the final aim. Each step should have energy conversion from one form to another.
Parallel steps will be awarded more marks. A parallel step is an action which initiates two or more steps at the same time.
There should be at least four different energy conversions (eg. potential to kinetic, electrical to mechanical etc.) and the rest of the contraptions (steps) can be of any type.
Participants can start the chain reaction automatically or manually.
Participants are allowed to make a maximum of 4 checkpoints in their machine according to their convenience, but marks will be deducted accordingly.
Participants are allowed to use fire and water in their contraption system. Points will be awarded accordingly.
Participants will be provided with a power supply of 230 V-50 Hz, if needed.
At the end, participants are required to hit a pyramid made up of 10 disposable cups. Points will be awarded according to the number of fallen cups.
The arrangement should fit into the Maximum of (2m x 2m) area. Otherwise 20 points will be deducted.
Note:- If the size of arrangement crosses (2.5m x 2.5m) then the team will be disqualified.
Each step will award the participants 10 points.
Parallel step will award the participants 20 points.
Each Energy Conversion will award the participants 30 points. Repeated energy conversions will be counted as normal step.
If the reaction starts automatically, an additional 15 points will be awarded. No points will be awarded for manual start of the reaction.
The final task carries a maximum of 100 points. Every fallen glass will award you 10 points.
Participants are required to make a minimum of 2 loops in the contraption. Otherwise 20 points will be deducted.
Participants are required to make a minimum of two gradients in the contraption. Otherwise 20 points will be deducted.
Use of fire and water will award the participants 30 points each.
Participants are allowed to make a maximum of 4 checkpoints.
1.) No checkpoint – 10 additional points will be given.
2.) One checkpoint – 5 additional points will be given.
3.) Two checkpoints – No points will be given.
4.) Three checkpoints – 5 points will be deducted.
5.) Four checkpoints – 10 points will be deducted.
*Checkpoints are the specified places in the contraption system, from where reaction can be restarted.
Human interference is not allowed. Participants are allowed to make a maximum of 4 checkpoints. In case the task fails, participants can start the chain again from the nearest checkpoint.
Judges’ decision shall be final and binding to all.
Two team members may interact with the contraption system once the evaluation has begun. This includes resetting the machine.
The number of members in a team is restricted to five (5). Students from different educational institutes can form a team.
The size of the object should not exceed 80 mm.
The arrangement should fit into an area (2m x 2m).
Participants are required to make a minimum of 2 loops in the contraption.
No hazardous materials or explosives can be used on the machine.
Participants should use at least two different gradients.
Q1. Is there any abstract submission?
Q2. What forms of energy can be involved in the contraption system?
Ans. The participants can make use of kinetic, potential, electrical, magnetic, elastic, thermal energies etc. Use of chemicals is strictly prohibited and hence no form of chemical energy is to be used.
Q3. Will electricity supply be provided?
Ans. Yes, but only for charging batteries. Participants have to bring their own batteries and their respective chargers if electrical energy is involved in the contraption system.
Q4. What will happen if by mistake a team’s contraption system gets affected by other team’s contraption system?
Ans. Points (according to the extent of damage on the other team’s contraption system) will be deducted from the team’s total score which caused the damage. Extra time will be given to the team had their contraption system damaged, to fix it.
Q5. Is there any time restriction in setting the contraption system and executing the task?
Ans. No time restriction is present in setting the contraption system. The number of step, complexity of system and time taken will be the factors in the execution of the given task. There will be a time limit within which a team has to complete the task.
Q6.What is a step?
Ans. A step is defined as an action that results in another action working toward the final aim of the system.
Q7.What is a parallel step?
Ans. A parallel step is defined as the action that initiates two or more steps at the same time but both the initiated steps must have some contribution towards the final aim of the system.
Q8. What is a gradient?
Ans. Inclined surface.
Q9.Will balls be provided to hit the cup arrangement?
Q10. How many chances will be given to a team to complete the given task?
Ans. It’s not fixed. It can be any number but the team has to complete the task within the specified time limit. More number of chances implies that more number of points will be deducted. The team has to stop their system if the time limit is crossed.
To design a contraption system which will fulfil all the requirements of the format of the event
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