Beginner Level teams will compete on Apprentice Missions. These are basic missions designed for entry-level teams that are just getting started. NOTE: First year teams DO NOT have to participate in the Beginner Level. In fact, teams are encouraged to participate in either the Intermediate or Expert Level. The Apprentice Missions are (basically) the same each year:
Intermediate and Expert Level teams will compete on Professional Missions. Professional Missions are different each year. Professional Missions are designed and built by College of Engineering student groups and undergo a rigorous review by professional engineers to ensure accuracy in measurements, drawings, and presentation. For the 2011 Shocker MINDSTORMS Challenge, there are six (6) Professional Missions. Detailed information about these Missions will be posted on the MINDSTORMS website on January 15, 2011, eight weeks before the MINDSTORMS Challenge. The Missions will be available on Trial Day, February 19, 2011, for teams to practice. (In 2011, Trial Day is three weeks before Challenge Day.)
The Shocker MINDSTORMS 2011 missions:
NOTE: Last year, we added a new element to the scoring matrix for each Professional Mission – one “scoring line” that was left blank when courses were posted to the website. These "secret" lines were revealed to teams in the coaches' packets on Challenge Day. This required teams to do some additional “on-the-fly” building and/or programming on Challenge Day to earn some points. This year, the "secret" lines were accidentally included when the courses were released on the web; therefore, there will not be any secret lines for the 2011 Missions. However, on the SHPE Course, e-Cycle, the order of the blocks (white and black) will not be released until Challenge Day.
The design and build of the 2011 MINDSTORMS missions was part of a new service learning class (ENGR 202) for the Engineer of 2020 Program. Students representing different student organizations earned one hour of credit for their work which included learning to build and program robots; designing and building courses; writing stories, completing scoring matrices and bills of materials; and writing reflection papers on their work and experiences. Students designing this year's courses were:
Team Display and Notebook -- ALL teams participate in the Team Display and Notebook . Each team will be provided a table to place a display and a notebook of drawings, pictures, charts, graphs, etc. that document the process their team took to prepare for the Challenge. One award will be given at each level, Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert, to the team earning the most points within that level. Points from Team Display and Notebook apply toward the overall awards in each level. High scoring Team Display and Notebook is invited to present at the WSU College of Engineering Open House on May 6, 2011.
Spirit and Sportsmanship -- ALL teams participate in the Spirit and Sportsmanship. One award will be given at each level, Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert, to the team earning the most points within that level. Points from Spirit and Sportsmanship apply toward the overall awards in each level.
Presentation -- Intermediate and Expert Teams will make presentations. One award will be given at each level, Intermediate and Expert, to the team earning the most points within that level. Points from the Presentation apply toward the overall awards in each level.