||Each team must design and construct a trajectory
apparatus capable of launching a ball from a elevated table top and
hitting a horizontal target at floor level.
||Teams of up to four.
Projectile - a ping pong ball. The apparatus may consist of any
materials as long as the force for the launch is provided by mechanical
means, i.e. spring, elastics, etc.
- The projectile will be a hard plastic ball (ping pong ball).
- It must be launched from a table top of a pre-determined height.
- Before shooting, each team will draw, at random, from the box,
a piece of paper stating the actual distance of the shot they
- Teams will have 5 minutes to prepare their apparatus after
drawing their range value.
- No practice shots will be allowed.
- If the ball hits an obstacle during the flight, it can be repeated.
- The distance from the edge of the table to the spot where it
first touches the ground will be recorded.
||The winner will be the team whose actual
shot distance comes closest to the stated pre-determined distance.
There are two variations on this contest.
- Lay out a target area of 16 squares each with a value of 1
- 16 Teams then draw a number between 1 and 16 which determines
- One target area can be set up worth 50 points. A series of
concentric circles can be set up around the target so that lesser
points can be given for hitting one of the circles.
||Youth Science Foundation Science Olympics