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WSU 2009 Shocker MINDSTORMS Challenge Trial Day

February 7th, 2009
10:00am – 2:00pm
Heskett Center, WSU

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February 7th, 2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am, Room 207
Judges' Training - an Overview of the Challenge and Missions

Presented by: Eric D. Mead
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!


February 7th, 2009 - 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.


February 7th, 2009 - 12:45pm - 1:30pm, Room 207
Overview and Q&A Session for Spirit and Sportsmanship and Table Display and Notebook

Presented by: Karen Reynolds from the College of Engineering and
Tonya Witherspoon from LSI

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.

These presentations are open to all Shocker MINDSTORMS teams and will be held in Room 207 of the Heskett Center.


On Trial Day, the Missions will be set up in the Heskett Center gymnasium so that teams can practice with their robots between 10am – 2pm. There will be NO tables, chairs, or extension cords available. Make your arrangements accordingly. Representatives of 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, and IR tower. Remember to bring extension cords and power strips for your computers and batteries for your RCX/NXT and IR tower.

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 – they 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.