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SHOCKER MINDSTORMS

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February 20, 2010
10:00am to 2:00pm
Heskett Center, WSU

On Trial Day, the Missions will be set up in the Heskett Center gymnasium so that teams can practice with their robots between 10am and 2pm. There will be some tables and chairs available, but there may not be enough for every team. Representatives from the College of Engineering will be available to answer Mission questions. No laptops will be available for checkout or use. If teams want to be able to program on that day they will need to furnish their own computer, software, equipment, and extension cords/power strips.

On Trial Day, each team will have the opportunity to ask detailed questions about the Missions and visit with the Mission designers. Teams will also have time to test their robots on each Mission and make modifications to their designs and programs as needed. MINDSTORMS robots are meant to be autonomous and should react to their environment. For example, if the tape is not in the exact position as noted, the robot should not be affected. Also, note that there is a 1/8" tolerance on the building of all competition Missions.

You may NOT bring food and drink to the Heskett Center gymnasium. You may bring food and drink outside the gym (in the hallway or lobby area).

WSU Shocker MINDSTORMS T-shirts Sales:
If you would like to purchase a WSU Shocker MINDSTORMS T-shirt, they will be on sale during Trial Day. They will also be available for purchase on Competition Day on a first-come basis. Trial Day will be the last day that coaches can make bulk T-shirt orders for their teams in order to ensure their availability on Challenge Day.

LEGO Name Badges:
Trial Day will be the last day that any LEGO name badges can be requested and engraved before the Challenge. Please enter all requests using the on-line form. Your order cannot be placed until payment is received.

To help judges, coaches and teams better prepare for the Challenges, the following presentations will be held on Trial Day in Room 207 of the Heskett Center.

9:00am - 10:00am, Room 207
Judges' Training - an Overview of the Challenge and Missions
Presented by: Eric D. Mead, ASQ, Hawker Beechcraft

As Chief Judge of the Shocker MINDSTORMS competition, Eric works with engineering students as they design and build the courses. He will provide judges with an overview of this year's Missions and scoring, as well as answer questions they may have. Don't miss this training!

11:30am - 12:00pm, Room 207
How to Improve Your Shocker MINDSTORMS Presentation

Presented by: Don Malzahn, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University

Don has judged previous Shocker MINDSTORMS presentations and will present some ideas on how to maximize the effectiveness of the 4-6 minute presentation and 5-minute question and answer period.

12:45pm - 1:30pm, Room 207
Overview and Q&A Session for Spirit and Sportsmanship and Table Display and Notebook

Presented by: Tonya Witherspoon, LSI
Karen Reynolds, WSU College of Engineering

Throughout the history of Shocker MINDSTORMS, Karen and Tonya have recruited and organized judges for these awards and have provided the judges with guidance on using the scoring rubrics.