NC Science Olympiad
2017 Hovercraft
Division: B- Middle School
C - High School
NC Standard Course of Study Alignment: Science as Inquiry, 7.P.2, PSc.1.1., Phy.1.1, Phy.1.2
Official Event Rules: See the National Rules Manual
Event Scoresheet: 2017 Hovercraft scoresheet updated 10/17/16
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National Event Page: Hovercraft
Required Materials: High Impact Safety Glasses , device
Clarification:

Brushless motors and integrated circuits are not permitted, unless they are an integral part of and are imbedded into a commerically available electronic or computer cooling fan (11/21/16)

Description:
This is a construction event. Prior to the competition teams will build and test a device powered by up to 2 battery-powered motors that will move a device down a track. Competitors will also be tested on thier knowledge of classic mechanics and related topics.

Materials:
Teams MUST bring safety glasses & their device (in a labeled box). They may also bring any tools necessary to calibrate the device and a reference binder of any size. Only the device in the box needs to be impounded.

Event Leaders will provide the testing area, measuring apparatus and written test.

Scoring:
High score wins, with a combination of hovercraft score and exam score.

 

Common Mistakes:

Here are the FAQS on Hovercraft from the National Site. This answers a lot of the questions we have all had. You CAN put 9V batteries in parallel and you CAN have individual circuits each running off its own 9V battery.

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