that the CDC team must consist of three members, however my question is: during
the preliminary and final challenges, can our school take a few more students to
No more than five (5) students who are not a part of a team but whose school is
participating in the CDC are permitted to attend the preliminary competition. During
the preliminary competition, these students will be permitted to support their school's
Team but will not be allowed to observe performances by other Teams. During the
final competition, performances by all Teams will be open to the public.
Is there a restriction
on what grade the students are from. Do all team members have to be from one grade
level or can students be from all four hs grade levels to participate?
All four high school grade levels can participate (9-12). The 3 team members do
not have to come from the same grade.
I know that
only 3 students can participate in the challenge, but can more than 3 students work
on the design with the understanding that only 3 students with represent the team
at the actual competition?
It is ok for the 3 students to seek guidance from their advisors. However, we discourage
students from working with other classmates who are not a part of the competition
and adults other than their advisors to assist in creating their device. We would
like the ideas in developing a robotic device to be the students and not someone
What should we have in our table of contents? I'm not sure what to write.
The table of contents in the engineering logbook is to direct the reader to a particular section of the book. So once you have finished your book or as you make entries, you can add a listing to the table of contents. The table of contents is not mandatory. It is optional. Points will not be taken off the overall score for not including a table of contents.
I have a question regarding the logbook. The team did nearly all of their design in AutoCAD before building the project. They have about 50 to 60 color print pages of components, exploded views, side views, and isometric views. The concern they and I have is that taping these into the logbook will consume a large percentage of the pages. A thought I had was to reduce the size of the prints so two will fit on a single page. They are concerned that the text on the diagrams would be too small to read and much of the detail would be lost. They were wondering if the AutoCAD pages could be treated as a insert with numbered pages and referred to as such during the written portion of the journal. Please advise as to what you feel is the best solution to this new issue.
AutoCAD pages will be accepted provided they are provided within the book, attached and referenced properly. They cannot provide the logbook and another set of reference pages separately. All documentation, drawings and etc must be part of a single logbook. Your students should find a way to attach the pages inside of their logbook.
We are concerned
that we may run out of room in the official logbook. We have noticed that we have
wasted a lot of space simply by "ending the day" and crossing out the rest of the
page. To save space, can we just draw a horizontal line to denote the end of an
entry? In the event that we do run out of space in the official logbook, could we
attach extra sheets of paper?
You can denote the end of day with a horizontal line and start the next day on the
next line. The purpose of the diagonal line is to block out those areas that are
not being used, not necessarily to denote the end of day. If you run out of space
in the 1st logbook, it will be okay to attach additional sheets of paper, but they
need to be logbook paper.
our inner school competitions where each team kept their own logbook, how should
the winners transfer their information to the official CDC logbook?
Written info should be transcribed by pen not photocopied. There will be no penalty
for transcribing. The drawings can be transferred provided that they reference where
the drawings came from and who drew it. Example: After a photocopy of a drawing
is pasted in the official logbook, below it, reference that "Figure X: From School
Project XXX Engineering logbook; drawn by Joe Smith, Oct 2009".
I have some
older Brown logbooks. Can I use these for my in-school preliminary competition and
then submit it instead of the Blue book you supplied this year. This way we could
save time transcribing all of the entries.
You can use the Brown books for your in-school competition, but you cannot submit
the Brown books for the CDC competition. We will only accept the Blue books. You
will have to transcribe all materials from the Brown book to the Blue book.
Is the control
box for the device included in the 1"x1"x1.5" size restrictions or is that only
for the actual device itself?
No, the control box is not considered part of the device, so it is not included
in the 1" x 1" x 1.5quot; size restriction.
The description for the written report this year – p. 43 of the rule book – states that the report must be a minimum of five pages whereas is previous years it has been a maximum of five. Is this right?
The table of contents in the engineering logbook is to direct the reader to a particular section of the book. So once you have finished your book or as you make entries, you can add a listing to the table of contents. The table of contents is not mandatory. It is optional. Points will not be taken off their score if they do not fill out the table of contents.