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February 21, 2005

HO: Over the Plate

Filed under: education — texased @ 12:43 pm
Over the Plate

Judges Version
Problem Source: Michelle Kretzschmar

This is a hands-on problem. You have one minute to determine which team members will solve the problem.

JUDGE READS TO TEAM (after participants are determined):

You will have 7 minutes to complete this problem. You may talk or ask questions at any time; however, time continues. At the end of 7 minutes, your solution will be scored.

Your problem is: To build a structure to support a golf ball over the paper plate using the given materials. Neither the structure nor the golf ball may touch the paper plate. You will be given materials to be used in your solution. No other materials may be used. You may use the scissors to solve your problem but they may not be used as part of the final solution for the problem.

Score will be as follows:

  • 10 points for each inch of clearance of the golf ball from the paper plate.
  • 1-25 points for team work
  • 1 point for each item used

Materials and Setup
Give each team the following materials. Consideration: Allow the team to fold the plate but not cut it.

  • 1 cup
  • 1 paper plate
  • 1 golf ball
  • 10 straws
  • 20 toothpicks
  • 1 piece of clay
  • Mailing labels
  • 5 paper clips
  • 1 clothes pin
  • 1 pair of scissors

Scoring Grid

Item Quantity Value Total
Each inch of clearance of golf ball 10
Team Work 1 – 25
Each item used 1

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