Beginner and Beginner II Level teams will compete on Apprentice Missions. These missions are designed for entry-level teams or teams that are not quite ready to compete on the Professional Courses. NOTE: First year teams DO NOT have to participate at the Beginner Levels. 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 2015 Shocker MINDSTORMS Challenge, there will be 6 Professional Missions. Detailed information about these Missions will be posted on the MINDSTORMS website on January 10, 2015, at 8:00am, eight weeks before the MINDSTORMS Challenge. The Missions will be available on Trial Day, February 7, 2015, for teams to practice.
The Shocker MINDSTORMS 2015 missions are:
NOTE: On some of the Professional Missions, one or more “scoring lines” might be left blank when courses are posted to the website. These "secret" lines will be revealed to teams in the coaches' packets on Challenge Day. This will require teams to do some additional “on-the-fly” building and/or programming on Challenge Day to earn some points.
The design and build of the 2015 MINDSTORMS missions is part of a service learning class (ENGR 202) for the Engineer of 2020 Program. Students earn one hour of credit for their work which includes 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.
Team Display and Notebook -- ALL teams participate in the Team Display and Notebook Competition. 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, Beginner II, 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 9, 2014.
Spirit and Sportsmanship -- ALL teams participate in the Spirit and Sportsmanship Competition. One award will be given at each level, Beginner, Beginner II, 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.
Team Presentation -- Intermediate and Expert Teams are required to 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.
Team Interview -- Beginner II Teams are required to participate in a Team Interview. On January 10, 2015, 8 weeks before Challenge Day (the same day the Professional Courses are released online), 15 questions will be posted to the website. During the Interview, judges will ask Beginner II students 5 questions, randomly chosen from the 15 posted. The atmosphere will be relaxed and conversational.