2018 Shocker MINDSTORMS Challenge
Missions and Challenges
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 Missions. 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:
- Line Follower
- Table Runner
- Maze Runner
- MOMS (Multiple Opportunities for Multiple Sensors)
- Towers of Doom
Intermediate and Expert Level teams will compete on Professional Missions. Professional Missions are different each year. Professional Missions are designed and built by MINDSTORMS coaches and professional engineers and undergo a rigorous review to ensure accuracy in measurements, drawings, and presentation. For the 2018 Shocker MINDSTORMS Challenge, there will be five Professional Missions. Professional Missions were released on the website on February 24, 2018. The courses will be available for viewing on Preview Day, March 3, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (coaches only, no students or children); and for teams to practice on Trial Day, March 31, 2018.
The Shocker MINDSTORMS 2018 Professional Missions are:
Team Display -- ALL teams participate in the Team Display Competition. Each team will be provided a table to set up a Team Display that should provide an overview of the team and its efforts/activities to build a team and prepare for the Challenge. Teams are encouraged to be creative and to express the "personality" of the team in their display. 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 apply toward the overall awards in each level.
Team Notebook -- ALL teams participate in the Team Notebook Competition. The Notebook should be maintained throughout the entire season as the team prepares for the Challenge and should reflect the journey the team went through to prepare for the competition.
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 and Beginner II Teams are required to participate in a Team Interview. During the Interview, judges will ask students 5 questions, randomly chosen from the 15 that will be posted on the website. The atmosphere will be relaxed and conversational.