Summer 2012, myself and three fellows students from Loughborough University entered the ASME Student Design Competition. Our journey began in September 2011 and ended in Nantes, France with a second place finish, narrowly missing out on representing Europe at the final in America.
We were required to design four self-propelled devices to compete in a relay race. Each devices had to contain an on-board energy source. The competition was judged and scored, based on a number of criteria. These included the total number of devices initiated, the number of devices with unique combinations of on-board energy sources and the total time taken to complete the course.
The scoring formula was;
Run Score = (Total number of devices initiated x 15) + Max(120s-Trial time,0) + (Number of devices with different energy sources initiated x 50)
Our final run can be seen here:
As a team we created devices with four different energy sources to gain maximum scores: