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2018 Evaluation Criteria


Visual Display
(25 points)
·  All visual displays must be on one side of a 20” x 30” foam board. 
·  Displays will be judged on thoughtful and thorough responses to each of the required sections as well as content, organization and grammar, usage and mechanics.
·  Visuals such as graphs, sketches and diagrams can also be included to document the team’s design process, but all items must be attached to the board.
·  Visual Displays are required to be submitted for judging on the day of the Fly-Off.
·  See the Visual Display rubric for more details.

Skills Test
(25 points)
·  Student teams will answer a series of written questions regarding the underlying scientific principles of designing their airplanes.
·  Students will have up to 30 minutes to complete the skills test.
·  Students may complete the skills test as a team or may appoint one or more team members to complete it.
·  Possible skills tested include: principles of flight, engineering design process, key physics concepts related to flight, propulsion, airfoils

Performance Demonstration
(50 points)
·  Fifteen points will be awarded to airplanes that fly successfully without cargo.
·  The remainder of the airplane’s performance score (35 points) will be pro-rated based on the amount of cargo carried.
·  The final performance score will be calculated as follows:


where Dweight is the difference between the airplane’s weight with and without cargo

·  Airplanes that do not complete at least two consecutive, successful laps at a height greater than 20cm will earn a performance demonstration score of zero.
·  Airplanes with competition penalties may still compete, but will ranked below those without violations.  Airplanes with construction violations will be given an opportunity to correct them before flying.
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