||Design and build a "satellite
launcher" which propels a ping-pong ball (satellite) into space
and effects a rough landing on a "planet"
||Teams of up to
||A loop and three buckets
of sand. - The launcher can be pre-assembled and the materials used
will be left to the discretion of the participant.
- To enter space, the satellite must pass through a hoop held
50 cm from the launching pad.
- The planets will consist of buckets of sand at set distances
from the launching pad:
- Jupiter - - 2 metres; Saturn - - 3 metres; Uranus - - 4 metres
- The launcher may be sent on the floor or at a height of 70
cm from the floor level .
- The target aimed at, must be clearly stated before each shot.
- Each round will be allowed six shots per round.
- Any one planet can only be used twice.
- Two rounds of competition with intermission for modifications
of launchers if necessary
- For entering space - 2 marks
- For landing on Jupiter - 3 marks
- For landing on Saturn - 5 marks
- For landing on Uranus - 10 marks
- 2 prizes can be awarded: a) Highest total score b) Highest
team score in any round
||Youth Science Foundation
Science Olympics Manual.