Physics and Astronomy

No Wheels, Will Travel
Objective To design and construct a vehicle which does not possess wheels, that is capable of transporting a person through an irregularly shaped course 40 m in length.
Participants Teams of up to four.
Materials Plywood, masonite, a pegboard, particleboard, nails and screws.
  1. The driver must not make contact with the ground during the course of the race. Should a driver touch the ground, he/she must begin over.
  2. All drivers must wear a protective helmet during the race.
  3. The course can be constructed indoors or outdoors, and it specifications are to be determined by the event co-ordinators. Possible sections of the course can include a passage through a section of water, an incline ramp, driving over a narrow bridge and a section where the vehicle must drive backwards.
  4. The vehicle must make a loud noise intermittently or constantly during the race. Any method of making the noise is allowed.
  1. The vehicle completing the course in the shortest time is the winner.
  2. You could give 10 second penalties for failing to successfully complete a section of the course, and add these to the total time.
Source Youth Science Foundation Science Olympics Manual.

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