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2007 Region 1 GOLD Conference
GOLD Hovercraft Competition

Goal: To build the fastest hovercraft that will travel a straight distance of 50 feet in the quickest time possible.

Saturday, April 28, 2007
8:00am to 12:00 noon
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, New Jersey
First Prize: $250 Cash
Second Prize: $150 Cash
Third Prize: $100 Cash
Uri Moszkowicz
GOLD Competition Chair

Who can participate?
All IEEE GOLD members.

What is this event about?
To test individual creativity in both model-building and circuit design skills. No off-the-shelf models or kits will be accepted. The craft has to be built from raw components.

What are the constraints in the competition?
2 AA-sized Duracell "Coppertop" alkaline batteries. Participants are free to use any material and components of their own choosing. The constraint is that the model must operate and resemble a hovercraft (no wheels, cannot take off from the ground like a plane, etc.) As long as the model operates using the principles used in a hovercraft, and is powered by 2 AA batteries, participants are given the freedom to use any circuits/motors/materials/design, etc.

How is the competition judged?
Participants have to make sure that their hovercraft model has enough power to hover over a (walled) straight course to the finish line 50 ft. away. The craft that reaches the finish line in the shortest time wins. If nobody makes it to the finish line, the craft that could travel the longest distance will be chosen as the winner.  Each craft will be run and timed individually.

Where can I get help?
Design ideas are widely available on the internet. Participants will need to figure out a way to design power boost circuitry to power the craft for that short time from the two batteries.

How do I sign up?
Participants will initially just need to give their contact information. However, 2 days prior to the competition, they will need to submit a 1-page description on their designs and why they were chosen. Participants are also required to give a short presentation on their models to spectators before running their crafts.

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