2010 Challenge

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2010 Challenge

Postby kopius » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:38 pm

2010 is well underway now with registrations closed and collected. As this is the first year for the challenge, we have kept numbers smaller to work out logistics before the BIG EVENT in 2011. Registered teams will be announced shortly on the website and the official information packs will be on their way soon.

If anyone would like to print out the official Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge poster (it is A3 and 5.45mb) you can download it here: http://www.rocketcontest.org.au/documen ... yer_A3.jpg
Feel free to put these up around your school or workplace (Make sure you have permission first), to make this challenge just as amazing as our Northern Hemisphere counterparts!
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby october sky » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:58 pm

I'm truly excited about this competition and it feels like all those visits to 20+ schools is now bringing the results ! :D

Very special thank's go to Blake for doing all the paperwork towards this project which is big in anyone's terms. This is the vision shared with number of our members to get youth of Australia involved. It's been in the planning for over 2 years and this is just the beginning. We hope to grow this yearly and most likely next year will get another State or two involved. 8)
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby Scoop1261 » Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:36 pm

I can't think of a better way of getting the youngsters involved in science and rocketry.

Thanks to the great work from the guys at QRS, with their schedule of school visits and now with the AYRC, kids from around Australia may be inspired to challenge their inquiring minds rather than sit bug eyed in front of the "Square Babysitter" for a change!

I downloaded the rules for 2010, but could not find the reference to flight requirements, ie: what the flight goals are?

Does the challenge use similar goals as the TARC competition that is so successful in the USA?
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby kopius » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:41 pm

With less than four weeks until the challenge, there has been a lot of excitement and enthusiasm coming from the teams in this years challenge.

Most teams are now either getting ready to, or are already flying their first rockets.

The official program for the 2010 Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge will be finalised next week after volunteers are confirmed. We have been lucky also to pick up a few new sponsors helping out with various services that are required on the day.

You can check out the confirmed teams and watch the countdown at http://www.rocketcontest.org.au
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby Kryten » Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:21 pm

Scoop1261 wrote:I can't think of a better way of getting the youngsters involved in science and rocketry.

Thanks to the great work from the guys at QRS, with their schedule of school visits and now with the AYRC, kids from around Australia may be inspired to challenge their inquiring minds rather than sit bug eyed in front of the "Square Babysitter" for a change!

I downloaded the rules for 2010, but could not find the reference to flight requirements, ie: what the flight goals are?

Does the challenge use similar goals as the TARC competition that is so successful in the USA?

I'm with Scoop - I couldn't find the judging criteria
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby october sky » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:50 am

I thought it was there for sure ??

Anyway, to keep it really simple for the first year and that way to encourage more schools to get involved for next year ( considering most school teams have never built or launched a rocket) judging criteria is also simple. They can build a rocket suitable for C motor ( 2x C motors given on the day), either a kit or scratchie.

Judges will be looking for a good straight boost with chute to open as close to apogee as possible with fully deployed chute and perfect recovery. All teams will have two attempts. Also, the finish of the rocket is one of the important factors in judging. All three judges are not associated with AYRC, naturally. :)

Next year will see this repeated as one part of the comp. but then there will be the egg loft also. Possibility for a third section for D powered rockets.

I mentioned in the other thread already that the trophies and medallions arrived yesterday and they look real good. Blake should be posting a photo fairly soon of them. Any student ( or even an adult) would be happy to get one of those medals around their neck ! 8)

True apologies to Scoop as he posted this query already ages ago and there was no answer ! Sorry GURU !! :oops:
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby kopius » Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:22 pm

As Ari said, the criteria is highlighted in point 8 of the rules. This year there is no height or time criteria as we are also using this years challenge as a logistical test for future years.

Everything is working out extremely well at the moment and discussion about next years event will commence as soon as the 2010 AYRC is over.
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby kopius » Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:34 pm

Here are some photos of the trophies

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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby Sumo310 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:47 pm

Fantastic stuff guys, its great to see this come to fruition. The efforts you're putting in to educate students on rocketry must surely be setting a high example for others to follow.

I wish I could be there on the day to help out.
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby october sky » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:15 pm

Whaaatt Sumo, you are not there on the 28th ????? Where else could you be ol pal ?? :lol:
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby Sumo310 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:33 pm

I'll be coming back from a bucks night in Noosa, then headed to a wedding :D
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby kopius » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:27 pm

The official schedule for 2010 has been released and is available under "Contest Info" at the the Australia Youth Rocketry Challenge website http://www.rocketcontest.org.au

Helpers and officials will receive a slightly different version shortly to confirm roles and times.
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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby RobAust » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:35 pm

Hi Blake,

Austin and I will be able to assist all day - looking forward to it.

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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby Pixel_Faerie » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:39 am

Sumo310 wrote:I'll be coming back from a bucks night in Noosa, then headed to a wedding :D



excuses excuses LOL I'm heading off to a hens night afterwards

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Re: 2010 Challenge

Postby kopius » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:06 pm

The launch controller has been finished for the Australia Youth Rocketry Challenge.

Very straight forward 4 port, hard wired controller. Tested with 5 x e-matches in series over a distance of 15 metres.

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