Q: Are rockets required to use a nose cone?
Q: Are we able to 3D print parts/components for our rocket or parachute?
Q: I am coaching 5th grade. Can the payload (plastic egg) stay inside the assembly, or do you have to have access to it after launch to take it out and examine it?
A: As long as the egg can be inspected before the launch to ensure it is a full, unaltered, original egg then it’s okay. It must also be visible/accessible after the first launch if the same assembly will be used for a second launch.
Q: Does the payload assembly have to stay attached to the rocket at all times. Can the payload assembly with parachute come down separately?
A: The payload assembly can come down separately from the rocket body.
Q: In the guidebook, it says “plastic egg” “must be used for competition.” Does this mean we have a payload that contains a plastic egg? Or are we have a payload MADE WITH a plastic egg? Can I get some visual description of what this means? and perhaps an example of where to purchase or what kind of plastic egg they recommend?
A: Every Head Coach was given a bag with payloads for their school. Please check with your Head Coach if you have not received them. Links to the payloads purchased can be found here: https://wesoscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/WESO-Supplied-Event-Equipment-and-Materials-2019-revised-March-2.pdf
Q: What should be the dimensions of the assembled rocket?
A: There are no specific dimensions. The rocket and the payload assembly must be made from materials listed in the Detailed Event Description .
Q: Can the payload (plastic egg or ping pong ball) be held to the nose cone or the bay with a tape or should it be freely suspended?
A: That is a team decision, however, note that in the description it says the payload should not be altered (such as, but not limited to, puncturing, piercing, ripping, chipping, etc.)
Q: Can the payload stick on the ceiling for a few seconds?
A: No, it cannot stick to the ceiling – this will result in a score of 0 for the launch. The ceiling is in play only in that the rocket or payload assembly may hit the ceiling. Any “assistance” by the ceiling will result in a “0” score for the launch. The determination will be made at the sole discretion of the Event Supervisors and their designees (volunteers).
Q: I’m coaching 3rd graders and 5th graders in Hang Time. I have a recollection that only the 5th graders take the quiz on the day of the competition, but I don’t see it anywhere in my notes, so I’m wondering if I’m not remembering correctly. Do all grades take the quiz? Or just 5th graders?
A: All grades take a quiz. The quiz will be different for each grade.