On Trial Day, the Missions will be set up in the Heskett Center gymnasium so that teams can practice with their robots from 10:00am - 2:00pm. 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 on 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.
To help judges, coaches and teams better prepare for the Challenges, the following presentations are TENTATIVELY scheduled for Trial Day:
9:00am - 10:00am, Room 105, Heskett Center
Judges' Training - an Overview of the Challenge and Missions
Presented by: Eric D. Mead, ASQ Fellow, 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!
10:30am - 11:30am, Room 207, Heskett Center
How to Improve Your Shocker MINDSTORMS Presentation
Presented by: Don Malzahn, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University
Don has judged Shocker MINDSTORMS presentations for many years. He will present some ideas on how to maximize the effectiveness of the 4-6 minute presentation and 5-minute question and answer period.
11:30am - 12:30pm, Room 105, Heskett Center
Overview and Q&A Session for Team Display and Notebook, and Spirit and Sportsmanship Presented by Jessica Mallard, Wichita Collegiate School
Jessica Mallard has been a MINDSTORMS coach for many years and has extensive experience working with students to prepare them for MINDSTORMS robotics competitions. Jessica is a 5th grade math teacher at Wichita Collegiate School.