Re: Space Derby/Pinewood Derby
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 4 Nov 1994 10:36:08 CST
When we ran Space Derby, we used four lines. Our process was very simple but
Each rocket was assigned a number (a colored stick on dot with the number
written in). Numbers were drawn randomly and assigned to 1-2-3-4 lanes in
the order drawn. For the first heat, the two fastest went to table 1, the
two slowest went to table 2. For the second round, rockets on table 1 were
raced against each other with the top two staying on table 1, the two slowest
going to table 2 (keep separate from those already there). The remainder of
the heat was the rest of the rockets from Table 2 against each other. Top two
stayed on table 2, bottom two went to table 3.
Third round, Table 1 against each other, table 2 against each other, table 3
against each other. (Table 2 will have have the rockets, tables 1 and 3 will
have one-fourth). Top two stay on the same table, bottom two move down one
table. When you reach table four, you have been eliminated (three losses).
Fourth and subsequent rounds follow the pattern of third heat.
When only two rockets remain on table 1, they race against each other. In
any case, you have to loose three times to be eliminated. Using the different
tables means you don't have to draw a bracket. If anyone complained about the
draw, we let them (made them) draw the next heat.
BTW, we used BINGO balls to draw the numbers. Works fine up to 75 rockets!!
Some hints: Use all three rubber bands at the same time.
Be sure to use glycerin or soap solution on rubber bands.
Eye protection is advisable in the area of the launching point (I
have had rockets explode on launch and throw parts around. The
danger area appeared to be about a 10 foot circle around the
We got stuff from NASA to give as prizes.
We always mounted the winners on trophy stands. After that we
got no complaints about last year's winners being used a second
Be SURE propellers are wound up in the right direction!!!!!
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