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Gravity Vehicle

Division: Div C – High School

NC Essential Standards Alignment: Science as Inquiry, PSc.1.1., Phy.1.1, Phy.1.2

Event Rules: See the National rules manual

Event Score Sheet: 2021 Event Scoresheet – Coming Soon

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials:

Each team must bring one vehicle, one ramp, alignment devices (if used), one practice log, and additional/spare parts as well as counterweights to secure the ramp. Teams may bring data, one stand-alone calculator of any type along with non-electric tools which do not need to be impounded.

Clarifications: 

Description:

Teams must design, build, and test one vehicle and ramp, that uses the vehicle’s gravitational potential energy as its sole means of propulsion to reach a target as quickly and as accurately as possible.

Materials:

 

Scoring:

Low score wins.

Common Mistakes:

– At any given tournament, approximately 1/3 of the vehicles are penalized for construction violations. This is something easy to avoid.
– Be sure to submit your practice log labeled correctly and measuring at least 4 parameters.
– This is an impound event!  Anyone can impound the device for the competitors. Check your tournament schedule to see the times and places for impound.

Recommendations:

 

Event Resources

2021 Rules and Tips
2021 Gravity Vehicle Overview

2019 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2020 Rules)

2020 Track Layout

Media:

None