2018-2019 Science Olympiad Battery Buggy and Mousetrap Events

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Avg. Ratings: 2.2 (5 Reviews)

Total Ratings: 5
Avg. Ratings: 2.2 out of 5

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Education / Teacher / Illinois
Yes, I recommend
My son used this kit to build his car last year for his JH Science Olympiad. This kit is just the exact right mixture of the parts you need with enough vagueness to allow the kids to engineer this product themselves. Some negative reviewers miss the point...this is not a Lego kit. Your students will need to experiment, look things up on YouTube, build, test, unbuild, rebuild, test again and repeat.That's the kind of experience that facilitates so much learning though. I was very grateful that I had a place that could provide me with the right raw materials to get this project going.
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SARGENTWELCH.com associate Published 12/27/2019
Thank you for the wonderful review and feedback. You are exactly right! Our kits are advertised to be an introductory starting point for the students and contractually we can only provide basic instructions. We are under strict instruction from Science Olympiad not to tell competitors how to complete any of the steps or provide any hints/suggestion as this is up to the student to use innovation and engineering skills to figure our how to complete a "winning" design, thus the “fun” part of the competition. Thanks again for a great review!
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Engineer / Enginner / WA
No, I didn't recommend
This kit comes with two types of wheels, one for connecting CDs and another for plastic wheels. The axle that comes with this kit works only for CD, if you have to connect the other plastic wheels you will end up buying axles, nuts and all other related components. Kit doesn't provide any extra nuts to connect other pieces like motor, battery, etc on top of this frame and they are not available anywhere else to purchase as well. It is almost three times overpriced if you calculate the prices of each piece on that kit. Worst thing that happened to me is the dowel, kit came with 2 pieces of dowels which are shorter than the recommended size. Since it came with the kit, I didn't pay much attention on its length. We came second on the competition but because of the length violation we were put into tier 2 and lost.
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SARGENTWELCH.com associate Published 12/27/2019
Dear valued customer, thank you for your review. The wheels can be fit to the axle with a simple reaming of the wheel. We are going to log this as an improvement for the coming years to include wheels that fit perfectly without additional work…Please look for this next season. We will also look into providing extra nuts as an improvement too. In regards to price, a Science Olympiad donation is built into the sale of each kit so please take this into consideration. In regards to the dowel, it is essential that you tailor the design of your car to the rules for your specific competition. This kit was designed specifically with the national competition rules and is not custom to a school or region. We used the dowel recommended by the 2019 National Rules Packet and approved by the organization. Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions and concerns and we would be happy to assist. Thanks for your review, your feedback is important.
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teacher
No, I didn't recommend
This product is bad. The blueprints are terrible, pictures are not clear, so hard to flow the instruction and they are barely worth reading, Came with missing parts as well.
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SARGENTWELCH.com associate Published 10/06/2019
Dear valued customer, thank you for your review. The instructions and blueprints are created by the Science Olympiad National Board to be purposely vague in order to allow students to use creativity and innovation to complete the build. In regards to the missing parts, the vehicle base kit was required as well as the accessory bundle of your choice. Please contact Customer Service any time you experience missing items and we would be happy to assist. (800-962-2660) Thank you for your review, your feedback is important.
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Education / Teacher / NC
Yes, I recommend
Is the kit suppose to include directions for mounting the motor. My kit did not include it.
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SARGENTWELCH.com associate Published 10/06/2019
Dear valued customer, thank you for your review. In regards to your question, some details are purposely omitted from the instructions by the Science Olympiad Organization so that the competitor can use innovation and creativity to make the design their own. Please remember to forward your technical questions to our technical support team at sciencehelp@vwr.com. They're happy to field your questions at any time! Thank you for your review, your feedback is important.
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No, I didn't recommend
There is no details about the list of components.It will be helpful if this page has more details like 2017-18 battery buggy components list.
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SARGENTWELCH.com associate Published 10/06/2019
Dear valued customer, thank you for your review. We are sorry that your shipment was missing the parts list. Our Science Help team has emailed you the missing list. Thank you again for your review; your feedback is important.
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2018-2019 Science Olympiad Battery Buggy and Mousetrap Events
Educational Materials Physics Educational Materials Mechanics Learning Activities
Prepare for upcoming competitions with this practice kit, the only kits officially licensed and approved by Science Olympiad!

  • Designed hand-in-hand with the National Event Supervisors
  • Aligned to NGSS-based Science Olympiad events
  • Event rules can be downloaded for FREE from the Science Olympiad website: store.soinc.org
NEW FOR THE 2018-2019 SEASON! The vehicle base kit was designed to serve all of the Science Olympiad vehicle events. The vehicle base kit includes one universal aluminum chassis that can be adapted to serve multiple events. Assembly required. The vehicle kit allows for braking system design and left/right/straight movement but does not include propulsion system components. Please select the Accessory Bundle that corresponds to your registered event(s).

This kit features the following components, hand selected by the Science Olympiad Organization: Mousetrap Accessory Bundle (or) Battery Buggy Accessory Bundle.



   
 

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