Zip-A- Dee-Doo-Dah

Q: In the construction of the cart, can you add an element (for example, a pipe cleaner) that would loop over the zipline that would add friction?

A: No elements of the cart can interfere with the zipline. This means that adding a pipe cleaner that loops over the zipline to add friction is not allowed.

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Q: In regard to Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, do the kids get to take all of their originally provided mat’ls with them to be potentially used to modify their original design?

A: Yes, the students will be able to take all of their original materials with them to modify their cable car later. We provide the students with a box of materials which they will carry from the building stage to the testing and modifying stage.

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Q:  I’m new to the science olympiad and am wondering about ideas to make the zip line for practice during team meetings. Any ideas? Or do we not need to make the zip line?

A:  A very simple zip line set up should be sufficient for practice. When we were designing the event, we tied the fishing wire to a lamp and a chair. We’ll also have open practice sessions where teams can sign up for time slots and use the actual zip line rig we’ll use for the competition.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah practice sessions Saturday, March 16

If you’d like an early start on your Zip practices, we have a practice session available in a few days. (There are two more coming up as announced recently.) A SignUp Genius can be found here.

Each school can sign up its 4th grade team for one slot, and one slot for 5th grade, and each grade/school can attend only one session.

Saturday, Mar 16, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Scarlett Middle School Cafeteria
3300 Lorraine
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah practice sessions

There will be Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah practice sessions available at the following locations and times. A SignUp Genius can be found here.

Each school can sign up its 4th grade team for one slot, and one slot for 5th grade.

Saturday, Mar 16, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Scarlett Middle School Cafeteria
3300 Lorraine
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Sunday, Apr 7, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Scarlett Middle School Cafeteria
3300 Lorraine
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM -8:30 PM
Tappan Middle School Cafeteria
2251 E. Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48104