2014 Rotor Egg Drop
Event At a Glance
|VA Modifications||VA Addendum|
|National Rotor Egg Drop Page
A team will construct a helicopter device which uses one or more helicopter rotors to safely transport a raw chicken egg from a specified height to the floor.
Building Event Policies
- Parent Participation policy
- Constructed Devices policy
- Design, Advice & Mentorship
- VASO Rule Enforcement
In the National Event Handbook, received upon registration.
Alteration: The VA Addendum outlines a change in the release mechanism - helicopters will NOT be released by hand, but will instead need to attach to the release mechanism.
During our State tournament, we will enforce clarifications issued by BOTH the National organization and by VASO. In the rare instance that these clarifications are in conflict, VASO clarifications shall prevail over the National clarifications.
For the State tournament, the last day to submit clarification requests is Mar 10. VASO will post outstanding clarification responses for States by midnight 3/12/14. Also, we will NOT enforce any National clarifications for States that were issued after 3/12/14.
Rule 3a - Judging of the parachute rule will be more stringent at the State tournament. The covering on the rotor should be taut so that when the device is dropped, the covering does not visibly bulge, which creates the presumption that the rotor is capturing air. Also, devices with curved surfaces such paper plates or bowls, unless substantially modified, will likely be deemed to capture air and act as a parachute.
Rule 3a - Only blades or wings can slow the descent of the egg, so other items that produce drag (such as streamers) are disallowed.
Rule 3c - At the VA State tournament, the device will be measured and massed without the cup attached.
Rule 3b - No plastic bag will be used. The students will place the egg directly into the provided cup in such a way that some part of the egg is in contact with the bottom of the cup.
Construction Parameters - The VA Addendum outlines a change in the release mechanism - helicopters will NOT be released by hand, but will instead need to attach to the release mechanism.