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Trial Day

February 7, 2015
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 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 Doctor Wu 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.

To help judges, coaches and teams better prepare for the Challenges, the following presentations are 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 Corporation
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 208, Heskett Center
How to Improve Your Shocker MINDSTORMS Presentation

Presented by: Don Malzahn, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University
Don has been the lead judge for 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 Allison Wright
Allison is an R&D Engineering at Spirit AeroSystems.  She is the the leader/coach of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Robo Troop.  She also is on the Board of Directors of BEST Robotics and the Steering Committee for the Kansas BEST Hub.

12:30pm-1:00pm, Room 208, Heskett Center
Overview of Beginner II Interview

Presented by Polly Basore
Polly is the Strategic Communications and K-12 Outreach Officer for WSU's College of Engineering. She is director of the CoE's SEEDS program and plans Engineering Summer Camps.