HONORS PROBLEM SOLVING ACTIVITIES
Starburst Cannon Champions
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To build a device to shoot a Starburst candy through theair as far and straight as possible.
The only source of energy for the Cannon will be the two provided mousetraps.
You may use equipment and supplies available to you at home, but your group may spend no more than a maximum of $5.00 purchasing additional equipment or supplies. (Please keep receipts to verify your costs.)
The device may not be attached to the floor in any way.
The starburst may start no more than 20 cm above ground level.
Your entire device must start behind the starting line.
No wheels or other rolling devices may be used to propell the Starburst across the floor.
The Starburst candy may not be altered in any way.
The Starburst candy must not be permanently attached to any object.
You must submit any "unusual" ideas to the instructor to determine if they qualify according to the spirit of the rules.
Each group will be allowed three trials and the score will be based on the best result for the three trials.<![if !vml]><![endif]>
PROBLEM SOLVING CYCLE
STARBURST TARGET SHOOT SCORING
POINTS DUE DATE Redefined Problem 5
Constraints and Specifications 10
Define each if possible.
Brainstormed Solution Ideas 10
at least 5 possible solutions. Draw simple diagrams or
Include written descriptions for each possible solution.
Matrix to Select Potential Solution 10
completed matrix and explain why certain Constraints or
Specifications are weight
Completed Device 15
Must be ready for testing on the due date.
At least 70% of the average of the third best score 20/20
Moves the Starburst at least 1.5 m 18/20
Moves the Starburst 16/20
Doesnt Move (But looks like it Could) 14/20
Total Score 70 pts.
In addition, extra points will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & and 3rd place in each class and overall.