Physics and Astronomy

Bike Rally
Objective To complete a bike rally in the fastest time possible.
Purpose To develop navigation and map reading skills.
Participants Teams of up to four.
Materials Each team will provide its own bicycle.
  1. The bicycle will need a support across the handle bars to hold a watch with second hand and the a map. Speedometers or distance meters are not allowed.
  2. You will be given directions concerning the route and speeds 5 minutes before departure. The directions will be in the form of kinematic graphs and "hints" for turns.
  3. The race will be divided into sections separated by checkpoints. Times will be recorded at each checkpoint. Times will be recorded at each checkpoint. A variation is to have the teams carry out a scientific task at each checkpoint.
  1. Will be done via time taken between checkpoints.
  2. The awarding of points will be in an inverse proportion to the time taken to complete each section (shortest time wins).
  3. Final scoring will include marks for accuracy on each checkpoint.
Source Youth Science Foundation Science Olympics Manual.

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