2018 Battery Buggy

Event At a Glance

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Teams will construct a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion, quickly travels a specified distance, and stops as close as possible to the Finish Point.

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Event Rules

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During our tournaments, VASO will enforce only those clarifications issued by VASO; National clarifications and FAQs will not be valid in Virginia tournaments.

Clarification requests are closed for regional tournaments. All outstanding clarifications, with the exception of regional-specific room dimensions required by the rules, will be posted by midnight, January 13. Clarification requests will open again for States after the last regional.

VASO Clarifications

Jan 11, 2018 Rule 3.c. - Are NiCad and NiMH batteries allowed, even though some contain small amounts of lithium?
Yes. The National SO Battery Policy has been amended to allow this.
Jan 9, 2018 Rule 3.e - Are programmable devices allowed?
No, programmable devices are not allowed. Rule 3e explicitly limits electrical components to ONLY those listed, and programmable devices use components not allowed by this rule.
Jan 9, 2018 Rule 3.a - Can teams use 1.2 V AA re-chargeable batteries instead of 1.5 V batteries?
Any AA-sized batteries may be used as long as they have voltage not exceeding 1.5 V, comply with all other rules and follow the SO Battery Policy.
Dec 24, 2017 Rule 3.g - When it says "the wheels in their entirety" does it mean just the wheels need to fit in the 30cm x 60cm space, or the wheels and the structure?
Only the wheels need to fit in the 30cm x 60cm space. Axles or other structures may protrude outside that space.
Nov 9, 2017
Rule 7.b. - Each Run Score is the sum of three (3) four (4) components: Time Score, Distance Score, Center Line Bonus and Penalties.