Re: Space Derby/Pinewood Derby
Hall, Scott D. (shall@ISC901.JSC.NASA.GOV)
Fri, 4 Nov 1994 11:00:00 CST
Our pack just finished our first space derby. What a disaster. The Comm.
Chairman volunteered to make the track and didn't, which was the first
problem. A lot of our scouts didn't follow the instructions when building
their rockets, so we had some comical endings. Several (3 or 4) literally
blew up while going down the track. Pieces everywhere. The scouts thought
that was great, even the owner-scouts. The parents of these boys had a
conniption. "It's not fair that you won't stop the race until we can rebuild
little egbert's rocket", etc., ad nausem. We only used 2 lanes. Even at
that I had 8 winders working to keep things moving along. We tried the
drill trick out of some book, but couldn't figure out how to make sure that
each rocket got the same number of turns. So we manually gave them each 75
turns, then rubber-banded them down to a boad (rubber band over the rocket
between a couple of cup-hooks) so they would be ready to fly the next time.
I don't know that we'll do it again. Our cubs seemed to like the
push-mobile and regatta better.
As for the pinewood derby, I use a scoring system that an old scouter in
Arizona gave me. I can run 50 cars, 10 or more times each, on 2 lanes in
under an hour. No joke. The race is over when the scouts start looking
bored when their car comes up yet again. Big change from double
elimination. It takes some explaining, so I'll write up the method and post
it next week.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City