Terra: Engineering Technology I

RICO GAMES 2015

=============REFS (19 GRADES) ==========================

SPECIFIC GAME RULES (2 GRADES)
The referees will determine the specific game rules. They will also include a scoring explanation. See VEX Handbook for more details.

- Game rules are submitted by the deadline (4 points)
- A game rule is retracted or altered (-1 point)

GAME OBJECTS (2 GRADES)
Referees will be responsible for creating at least 3 scoring objects, 1 scoring zone and 1 obstacle for each alliance (substitutes will be allowed based on the game). The scoring objects must allow for the TEAM robot to score the object. The scoring zone must allow for the TEAM robot to score in the zone. The obstacle must not prevent either robot from playing (in other words, there is a way around the obstacles).

- Game objects are supplied by the deadline (4 points)
- Scoring objects cannot be scored by the team robot (- 4 points)
- Scoring zones cannot be scored in by the team robot (-4 points)
- The obstacle prevents the robots from competing (- 4 points)

GAME HANDBOOK (8 GRADES) ============

Referees must create a digital and hard copy handbook for the competition. The handbook must have a custom Cover Page, Table of Contents, Introduction, Game Rules, Tournament Rules and Robot Rules. The VEX Game Manual can be used as a reference/template.

COVER PAGE (1 GRADE)
- Contains Rico Games 2015 custom logo (1 point)
- Contains TERRA Logo and Address (1 point)
- Contains referee names and positions (2 points)

TABLE OF CONTENTS (1 GRADE)
- Contains a table of contents (2 points)
- The table of contents is 100% accurate (2 points)

INTRODUCTION (1 GRADE)
- Contains the history of the Rico Games, including details of previous competitions. (2 points)
- Contains the objective of the Rico Games. (2 points)

GAME RULES (2 GRADES)
- Contains a diagram of the field layout. (1 point)
- Contains game definitions. (1 point)
- Contains scoring explanation, safety rules, general game rules and specific game rules. (2 points)

TOURNAMENT RULES (1 GRADE)
- Contains tournament definitions. (1 point)
- Contains scrimmage information. (1 point)
- Contains tournament setup information. (1 point)
- Contains tournament rules (*including sudden death rules). (1 point)

ROBOT RULES (1 GRADE)
- Contains robot rules. (4 points)

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SCRIMMAGE #1 (1 GRADE)
- 7 scrimmage matches are regulated before the deadline. (4 points)
* Poorly built robots will not affect the scrimmage grade for Referees.

SCRIMMAGE #2 (1 GRADE)
- 7 scrimmage matches are regulated before the deadline. (4 points)

SCRIMMAGE #3 (1 GRADE)
- 7 scrimmage matches are regulated before the deadline. (4 points)

ROBOT SKILLS (1 GRADE)
- Each robot that is able to completes a robot skills before the deadline (1 point * 4 robots)

INSPECTION (1 GRADE)
- Robots are inspected prior to the start date of the competition (2 points)
- Robots are inspected during competition before the start of the first match. (2 points)

REGULATION (1 GRADE)
- Referees start matches in a timely manner. (1 point)
- Referees score the game appropriately. (2 points)
- Referee does not overturn a call. (1 point)

EVALUATION (1 GRADE)
- Blue alliance agrees with referees regulation decisions. (2 points)
- Red alliance agrees with referees regulation decisions. (2 points)

SUDDEN DEATH (1 GRADE)
- A sudden death plan is in place. (1 point)
- Sudden death is fair for both alliances (2 points)
- Sudden death cannot end in a tie (1 point)

REFEREE PRESENTATION (1 GRADE)
- Introduction to the RICO Games 2015, and to the game. (1 point)
- Explanation of the Field Layout with pictures. (1 point)
- Explanation of the Specific Game Rules. (1 point)
- Explanation of the Robot Rules. (1 point)

==TEAMS==========================================================

DESIGN NOTEBOOK TEAM ROBOT [NOT YOUR ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK] (1 GRADES)
- At least three diagrams of three different prototype TEAM Robots. (1 point)
- A sketch of the chosen design. (1 point)
- Analysis of the TEAM Robot will be in engineering notebook format and will include a page dedicated to each of the following topics: Gear ratios, motor-port locations, robot’s drive system, robot’s drive speed, robot’s arm speed, robot’s various measurements, autonomous routine plan, driver control settings, rubber band locations, battery change plan, battery run time on robot, analysis of strengths, weaknesses and one or more pages on design changes. (3 points)

DESIGN NOTEBOOK RICO ROBOT [NOT YOUR ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK] (1 GRADES)
- Diagram of the RICO Robot. (1 point)
- Analysis of the RICO Robot will be in engineering notebook format and will include a page dedicated to each of the following topics: Gear ratios, motor-port locations, robot’s drive system, robot’s drive speed, robot’s arm speed, robot’s various measurements, autonomous routine plan, driver control settings, rubber band locations, battery change plan, battery run time on robot, analysis of strengths, weaknesses and one or more pages on design changes. (3 points)

SOLIDWORKS RICO ROBOT (1 GRADE)
- File is an assembly. (1 point)
- Model has all of the important structure of the robot. (1 point)
- Model has all of the important components of the robot like battery, microcontroller and motors.
(1 point)
- Model has the correct robot’s measurements. (1 point)

SOLIDWORKS TEAM ROBOT (1 GRADE)
- File is an assembly. (1 point)
- Model has all of the important structure of the robot. (1 point)
- Model has all of the important components of the robot like battery, microcontroller and motors.
(1 point)
- Model has the correct robot’s measurements. (1 point)

PRACTICE MAINTENANCE RICO ROBOT (1 GRADE)
- The robot’s condition is MAINTAINED at the end of each class. (100 points)
- The robot’s condition is not MAINTAINED at the end of one class (-20 points)

SCRIMMAGE #1 (1 GRADE)
A mock competition will be held simulating what the competition will be like.
- 7 Scrimmage matches are played before the deadline with each robot. (2 points * 2 robots)

SCRIMMAGE #2 (1 GRADE)
- Another 7 Scrimmage matches are played before the deadline with each robot. (2 points * 2 robots)

SCRIMMAGE #3 (1 GRADE)
- Last 7 Scrimmage matches are played before the deadline with each robot. (2 points * 2 robots)

ROBOT SKILLS (1 GRADE)
Each robot will be given one minute on the field by itself to score as much as it can. A referee must regulate the score. All game rules apply normally except for the time constraint.
- Each robot completes the skill challenge before the deadline. (2 points * 2 robots)

TEAM ROBOT BUILD (1 GRADE)
- The robot is built before the deadline. (2 points)
- The robot is fully functional [i.e. can score and move as intended]. (2 points)

RICO ROBOT PROGRAMMING (1 GRADE)
- Both programs have comments explaining what the code does. (1 point)
- The robot has user control (driver control period). (1 point)
- The robot has at least one autonomous routine that can score. (2 points)

TEAM ROBOT PROGRAMMING (1 GRADE)
- Both programs have comments explaining what the code does. (1 point)
- The robot has user control (driver control period). (1 point)
- The robot has at least one autonomous routine that can score. (2 points)

COMPETITION MAINTENANCE RICO ROBOT (1 GRADE)
- The robot competes in every match. (2 points)
- The robot is maintained at the end of the competition. (2 points)

COMPETITION MAINTENANCE TEAM ROBOT (1 GRADE)
- The robot competes in every match. (2 points)
- The robot is maintained at the end of the competition. (2 points)

TWO DRIVERS’ LOGS [ALSO NOT YOUR ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK] (2 GRADES)
- All entries explaining the driver’s responsibilities. (4 points)
*This will be in engineering notebook format. It must include an entry for each scrimmage on the driver’s performance.  It must include several entries for the specifications of the robot (robot speed, arm speed, gripper speed, scoring speed, measurements, starting tile position, limitations, autonomous plan, driver plan, expected score per match, robot skills scores, robot skills game plan and the competition game plan.

TWO COACHS’ LOGS [ALSO NOT YOUR ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK] (2 GRADES)
- All entries explaining the coach’s responsibilities. (4 points)
*This will be in engineering notebook format. It must include an entry for each scrimmage on the driver’s performance from the coach’s perspective.  It must include several entries for the specifications of the robot and driver (robot speed, arm speed, gripper speed, scoring speed, measurements, starting tile position, limitations, autonomous plan, driver plan, expected score per match, robot skills scores, robot skills game plan, competition game plan and scouting (effectiveness of opponent’s robots and strategies).

INDIVIDUAL ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK (1 GRADE)
- Day by day account of individual progress of the project following the Engineering Notebook format. (100 points)
- Notebook will be periodically checked for classwork grades!

COST ANALYSIS REPORT (1 GRADE)
- Cost analysis of every part on the TEAM robot [can be found on VEXrobotics.com]
- Cost analysis of every part on the RICO robot [can be found on VEXrobotics.com]

ALLIANCE TEAM VIDEO (1 GRADE)
- The entire team is introduced with their positions [all members in video]. (1 point)
- The TEAM robot is shown driving, scoring and looks cool. (1 point)
- Team Mascot in costume. (1 point)
- Closing message: “This is team _________ welcoming you to the RICO Games 2015.” (1 point)

TEAM PRESENTATION (1 GRADE)
- Introduction of team, team members and roles.
- Objective of the game.
- Team robot explanation.
- Rico robot explanation.
- Overall performance evaluation of both teams
- Explanation of the team’s areas of improvement.

- Cost analysis of robot [can be found on VEXrobotics.com] 

WATER BOTTLE ROCKET LAUNCHER

Introduction:

In order to receive any credit each item in the rubric must be completed. If any item is missing a single element the group will lose the point for that item. For example, if the group builds a water bottle launcher but it doesn't work; then they will lose 1 point for the respective item under the Final Design Rubric. They can, however, receive the other 3 points if that group follows the rubric correctly.

Objective:

The objective of this project is to get the group to design and build a Water Bottle Rocket Launcher and successfully launch a Water Bottle Rocket into the air above the class average hang time. The group should also factor in cost into their design. This lesson will also introduce the concept of pressure, propulsion, momentum and Newton's Third Law of Motion.

Building Tutorials:

Video on Construction of a Water Bottle Rocket Launcher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV2nrifqzX0 part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqo2U62GB-k part 2

Video on Constuction of an Overhead Water Bottle Rocket Launcher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bpFsoaOLTM part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy8WSSKY_n4 part 2

Video Tutorial on another Water Bottle Rocket Launcher
http://toy-models.wonderhowto.com/how-to/build-simple-high-powered-water-rocket-launcher-0139694/

Instructional Website
http://www.sciencetoymaker.org/waterRocket/buildWaterRocketLauncher.htm

PDF of NASA Water Rocket Launcher
http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/153405main_Rockets_Water_Rocket_Launcher.pdf

Another Tutorial Website
http://craftknowitall.blogspot.com/2009/08/this-is-pvc-pipe-2-liter-bottle-rocket.html

Rules: 

There are no restrictions on the design of the launcher as long as it is constructed with material that is not deemed hazardous or unsafe. Hazardous or unsafe materials include anything forbidden on school property, chemicals that directly or indirectly harm the human body and any sharp objects built into the design. The rockets do have design restrictions:

 - In order to add weight to the rocket you may only use clay or lighter material. You cannot use rocks, woods or metals of any kind to add weight to the rocket. 

 - You cannot construct the fins of any material that is sharp or can be sharpened. You cannot construct the fins of any metallic material or other heavy materials that can be dangerous. It is highly recommended that you use foam board or cardboard for the fins.

 - You can create and launch more than one rocket.

Grading Components:

Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Prototype (1 Grade)
Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Final Design (1 Grade)
Individual Water Bottle Rocket Final Design (1 Grades)
Water Bottle Rocket Launch (2 Grades)
Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Report (2 Grades)
Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Power Point Presentation (1 Grade*)

* The Presentation will have an EXTRA CREDIT opportunity.

Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Prototype Rubric:

The prototype will contain several components. Some of the components will be individual. Individual components cannot be shared by group members. All components of the project must be in the Engineering Notebook. You must create a separate entry for every item in order to receive credit. If group members are not meeting up to complete the project, please let the instructor know immediately so that a solution can be devised. 

Individual General Idea Diagram for the WBR Launcher* (1 point)
Individual Principle Views Sketch of the Water Bottle Rocket** (1 point)
Individual Notebook entry for WBR Launcher Prototype*** (1point) 
Group Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Materials Picture**** (1 point)

If even one of the above items is not on a separate page   (-3 points)
in the Engineering notebook.

* The Individual General Idea Diagram is a drawing of the completed launcher with labels for all of the components. It is an individual assignment so it should not look exactly the same as your other group members’ diagrams. Some components included in the diagram should be the valve, PVC pipes and trigger mechanism. You must label the components to receive full credit. The General Idea Diagram is its own entry and cannot be on the same page as any other entry.

** Principle Views are the top, left, right and isometric sides. It is an individual assignment so it should not look exactly the same as your other group members’ sketches. The Principle Views must be in the correct order and properly aligned to receive full credit. You do not need to put dimensions on the sketch. The Principle Views Sketch is its own entry and cannot be on the same page as any other entry.

*** The Notebook entry must have an objective, approach, notes and a sketch. You can’t include the Principle Views Sketch or the General Idea Diagram as the Notebook Entry Sketch. You can sketch either the materials, another rocket or the launcher. The Notebook Entry can look exactly the same as your other group members. The Notebook Entry is its own entry and cannot be on the same page as any other entry.

**** The Group Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Materials Pictures are three pictures from different angles of all the materials needed to complete the project. You are allowed to be missing some materials, but you must include the most important materials. These materials are: the valve, PVC piping, PVC joints, PVC caps, PVC primer and PVC cement. The pictures should be placed in the notebook of one of the group members or on a cell phone/camera of one of the members for all group members to receive full credit. You must include photo ID in the pictures

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Final Design Rubric:

The Water Bottle Rocket Launcher successfully launches once (1 point)
The Water Bottle Rocket Launcher contains a trigger mechanism (1 point)
The Water Bottle Rocket Launcher does not leak air (1 point)
The Water Bottle Rocket Launcher is safe* (1 point)

 * The Water Bottle Rocket Launcher is safe if it has no exposed sharp edges, no sharp pieces of metal, no pieces that can be removed without intent and no exposed chemicals that can be hazardous whether directly or indirectly. 

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

Individual Water Bottle Rocket Final Design Rubric:

The Water Bottle Rocket is a plastic 2-Liter Bottle* (1 point)
The Water Bottle Rocket has a designated fill line** (1 point)
The Water Bottle Rocket is safe*** (2 points)


 * The Water Bottle Rocket is a plastic 2-Liter Bottle if it is made of plastic and  can hold up to 2 liters of water. Any style can be used; however, it is recommended that a pepsi style bottle be used. Non-plastic or bottles less or more than 2 liters will be considered unsafe.

** The Water Bottle Rocket has a designated fill line if it has a line where the water is to be filled to. This line will be used to fill the bottle with water on the day of the launch. The bottle must be filled to this line and cannot go over or under the line. It will affect one component of the launch.

**** The Water Bottle Rocket is safe if it contains no sharp edges of any kind and no hazardous material. Bottle Rockets bigger than or smaller than 2-Liters will be considered unsafe. The Rocket must also be virtually weightless without water. If you are going to be adding weight to the rocket you must use clay. Rocks, woods and metals are forbidden on any part of your rocket. A Water Bottle Rocket is also deemed unsafe if it contains exposed chemicals that can be hazardous whether contacted directly or indirectly.

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

Water Bottle Rocket Launch Rubric

The Water Bottle Rocket Time of Flight is greater than the average* (1 point)
The Water Bottle Rocket Launcher is able to launch the Rocket** (2 points)
One member or a volunteer for the group accurately records the time of flight*** (1 point)

* The Water Bottle Rocket Time of Flight is greater than the average if it is slightly above it. The point will also be awarded if the Time of flight is equal to the average within two decimal places rounding up. However, if after rounding the time of flight is still less than the average no point will be awarded to that group.

** The Water Bottle Rocket Launcher belonging to the group is able to launch the Rocket. If not, another group's launcher will be used to launch the Rocket but the group will lose all 4 points for not being able to build a launcher that can launch a Water Bottle Rocket.

*** A guaranteed point will be awarded to every member of the group if at least one member of the group or a volunteer records the time of flight for every rocket belonging to the group. A volunteer will be present and the instructor will supervise. The time used will be at the discretion of the instructor. In addition, the two times may be averaged at the discretion of the instructor.

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Report Rubric

Before beginning download this document from the Mousetrap Car Report. This time you will have to edit the document to match what you need for the Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Project. If you don't MODIFY the report to match what you need for the Water Bottle Rocket Project than you will lose 1 point for each section you failed to modify. Use the entire rubric to determine what needs to be modified. The data for the trial launches should include at least 5 trials with the amount of time the rocket spends in the air. The cost per foot should be changed to cost per second.

Correctly Headed Cover Page (1 point) 
Completed Performance Evaluation (1 point)
Completed Cost Evaluation (1 point)
Completed Data for Trial Launches (1 point) 

Each section where the document contains Mousetrap Car Data (-1 point)

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

Power Point Presentation Rubric:

Each slide should take approximately 1-2 minutes. click here for a template of the Mousetrap Car Project. Make sure that you answer the appropriate questions to the Water Bottle Rocket Launcher Project. Do not talk about anything related to the Mousetrap Car project as it will negatively affect your grade.

The PPT explains the theory of how WBRL and WBR work (1 point)
The PPT explains the construction process of the WBRL and WBR (1 point)
The PPT explains the cost of the project and highlights the major costs (1 point) 
The PPT explains how effective the group's WBRL and WBR were (1 point)

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

Extra Credit: 

Extra Credit opportunities will go to the groups that perform the best, the group has the most entertaining presentation and the group that presents first.

 

 

CATAPULT PROJECT

Introduction:

In order to receive any credit each item in the rubric must be completed. If any item is missing a single element the group will lose the point for that item. For example, if the group builds a catapult but it doesn't work; then they will lose 1 point for the respective item under the Final Design Rubric. They can, however, receive the other 3 points if that group follows the rubric correctly. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN HARD BOILED EGGS AND THEY MUST HAVE THE SHELL STILL ON!!!

 

Objective:

The objective of this project is to get the group to design and build a Catapult and successfully launch a HARDBOILED egg in a vessel 25 feet without breaking it while keeping in mind the restrictions for size for both the catapult and the vessel. The group should also factor in cost into their design. This lesson will also introduce the concept of projectile motion.

 

Building Tutorials:

Video on Construction of a Torsion Catapult 

Video on Construction of a Bungee Catapult 

Instructional website for building an Elastic powered Catapult (be sure to click on Let's Start)


 

Rules: 

There are several restrictions on design:

 - The volume of the catapult cannot be over 18" x 18" x 18". 

 - The volume of the vessel cannot be over 4" x 4" x 4".

 

Grading Components:

Catapult Prototype (1 Grade)
Catapult Final Design (1 Grade)
Vessel Final Design (1 Grades)
Catapult Launch (2 Grades)
Catapult Report (2 Grades)
Catapult Power Point Presentation (1 Grade*)

* The Presentation will have an EXTRA CREDIT opportunity.

 

Catapult Prototype Rubric:

The prototype will contain several components. Some of the components will be individual. Individual components cannot be shared by group members. All Individual components must be written in the Engineering Notebook on a separate page. If the Individual components are not written in the notebook on separate pages, the student will lost one letter grade for EACH infraction. It is possible to fail the assignment even though all of the components have been completed! If group members are not meeting up to complete the project, please let the instructor know immediately so that a solution can be devised. 

Individual General Idea Diagram of the Vessel (1 point)
Individual Sketch of Principle Views of the Catapult (1 point)
Individual entry in the Engineering Notebook (1 point)
Group Catapult Prototype/Building Pictures* (1 point)

Each Individual Component not written in the Engineering Notebook (-1 point)
Each Individual Component on the same page (-1 point)

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

* For this project you do not have to bring in the catapult. You must however, provide either 3 pictures your catapult being built or 1 picture of ALL of the materials needed to build the catapult. Every picture must have a PHOTO ID of at least one member of the group.

Catapult Final Design Rubric:

The Catapult works (1 points)
The Catapult is painted (1 point)
The Catapult has a safe trigger mechanism* (1 point)
The Catapult was constructed safely** (1 point)

Dangerous catapult** (up to -4 points)  

* A trigger is deemed "safe" if when launching the catapult every part of the launcher's body is out of harm's way.

** A catapult is considered "constructed safely" if there are no sharp objects, splinters or hazardous chemicals on the catapult.

*** If the catapult is deemed to dangerous to launch all points may be removed for the design and the catapult can be forfeited from the launch.

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

 

Vessel Final Design Rubric:

The volume of the Vessel is no larger than 4" x 4" x 4" (2 points)
The Vessel prevents the egg from cracking* (2 points)

* These points will be awarded regardless of whether the egg reaches the 25 feet. 

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

 

Catapult Launch Rubric

In order to complete a successful launch the student must bring their own hard boiled eggs, launch them a minimum distance of 25 feet, and the egg cannot crack.  

The group brings hard boiled eggs and possibly salt (1 point)
The Catapult launches a hard boiled egg at a minimum distance of 25 ft (2 points) The hard boiled egg does not crack AFTER traveling 25+ feet* & ** (1 point)

The group launches a raw egg (-1 point)

* The egg must be hard boiled to be awarded this point. The egg must travel at least 25 feet to be awarded this point. The egg cannot crack in any way; not even a minor crack to be awarded this point. The group may have as many tries as they have eggs; however, they will only get three tries to start until every group has gone.

** Extra credit will be awarded for groups that paint their eggs as characters like the easter bunny, super heroes or pokemon.

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

 

Catapult Report Rubric

Before beginning download this document from the Mousetrap Car Report. This time you will have to edit the document to match what you need for the Catapult Project. If you don't MODIFY the report to match what you need for the Catapult Project than you will lose 1 point for each section you failed to modify. Use the entire rubric to determine what needs to be modified. The data for the trial launches should include at least 5 trials for distance on 3 different surfaces checking to see if the egg cracked. This time you can run your tests on any solid surface!

Correctly Headed Cover Page (1 point) 
Completed Performance Evaluation (1 point)
Completed Cost Evaluation (1 point)
Completed Data for Trial Launches (1 point) 

Each section where the document contains Mousetrap Car Data (-1 point)

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points

 

Power Point Presentation Rubric:

Each slide should take approximately 1-2 minutes. click here for a template of the Mousetrap Car Project. Make sure that you answer the appropriate questions to the Catapult Project. Do not talk about anything related to the Mousetrap Car project as it will negatively affect your grade.

The PPT explains the theory of how Catapult and vessel work (1 point)
The PPT explains the construction process of the catapult and vessel (1 point)
The PPT explains the cost of the project and highlights the major costs (1 point) 
The PPT explains how effective the group's catapult and vessel were (1 point)

A - 4 points
B - 3 points
C - 2 points
D - 1 point
F - 0 points