In this competition, I watched cars made of a Basswood and powered by CO2 race in time trials of ten cars at a time down an inclined plane. These car were painted for the most part to look like race cars, and each of them were cut in different ways to reflect what the competitors think would have the fastest time. That leads to a large variation in designs.
Competitors designed vehicles that used a mousetrap to travel exactly 10 meters. This was interesting since the only way the axles of the cars could move was a string wound around it and pulled by the arm of the mouse trap.
This is one of my favorite competitions because with only paper, kite string, masking tape, and drinking straws, competitors are told to make a vehicle which is meant to prevent an egg from breaking, and each vehicle is unique in design. Over all, it is an entertaining competition to watch.
This competition, like the egg drop, is always fun to see because of the creativity that goes into making a plastic 2 liter bottle in to a launchable rocket, and then comparing the distance one model goes compared to the others.
This is the first time I have ever seen this competition and was quite curious what the competitors would make out of the balsa sticks. Some brought predrawn plans while others seemed to wing it, and some bridges looked similar to others and others were one of a kind. Over all, it was interesting to watch them be built and tested using the sand and bucket method.