The Rocket Challenge explores how nose cone weight and tail fin geometry interact to provide stable flight. An air pressure launcher provides a fun and exciting way to test your rocket designs. The challenge can be played rapidly by letting players choose from predefined tail fin configurations or expanded by letting players design their own custom tain fins. This challenge also offers three ways to evaluate rocket flight:
This challenge has setup options for indoor and outdoor fun and can be played with all ages.
The Wind Turbine Challenge helps players understand how turbine blades perform under different conditions. Players are tasked to design turbine blades to achieve design goals like highest RPM or most power. This challenge demonstrates how wind turbine blades can be used to generate electrical power from the wind. Can you find the most optimized turbine blade design?
The Rover Challenge explores how wheel size and gears can be optimized to obtain a specified mission.
Your mission is to configure a MARS ROVER to navigate the course terrains in the designated travel time. ROVERS traveling too fast could damage sensitive cargo. ROVERS traveling too slow would not be able to get the necessary supplies to their way point in time. Your goal is to come as close as possible to the designated travel time on both terrains with the same Rover configuration. Each team will design a mission patch to uniquely identify your team and celebrate your mission.
This challenge is ideal for high school and older groups. It was developed in partnership with VistaAST based on their NASA Rover Kit and Curriculum.
The Hovercraft Challenge 1.0 explores how air pressure and optimized vent size, quantity and locations can be used to provide both thrust and lift. By finding the ultimate combinations of thrusters and lift, players are challenged to get their hovercraft to travel a specified distance in the shortest amount of time. This challenge is great for all ages.
The Volcano Challenge explores how the baking soda and vinegar reaction is affected by variations of mixtures and the various configurations of a 3D printed nozzle. Players will be challenged to find the perfect combinations of baking soda, vinegar, and water to obtain the highest eruption! This challenge is great for outdoors, but can be run indoors also with the aid of a test chamber. This challenge is great for all ages.
We want to acknowledge the University of Kentucky, Lexington’s Chemical Engineering Student – Ryan Macy for this Challenge Design! GO WILDCATS!