Zip-A-Dee-Dah: Pencils Provided + Measuring

Q: Will a pencil be provided for the written portion of the event?  And, if so, will that pencil be collected prior to the build portion of the event? I have a student that is interested in using a pencil as a makeshift measuring device.

A: Yes, we provide a pencil and calculator for the written portion. Those are collected when we gather the test responses. A glue stick may be a better item to use as a measuring tool.

Zip-A-Doo-Dah: Harness & Car Attachment and proximity to zipline.

Q: Are there any rules about how exactly you must attach your car to the harness?

A: No, we do not have specific requirements for how the car must be attached to the harness (but only the top hook of the harness can touch the zip line). 

Q: Are there clearance guidelines for the top AND bottom of the car?
A: The only “clearance guideline” which we will enforce is that only the top hook of the harness can touch the zipline; no portion of the cable car should touch the zip line (to avoid damaging the fishing wire between runs). We will not enforce the bottom clearance guideline (that the cable car should be <= 1ft in height), but we recommend the students stick to this guideline to avoid their cable car hitting the ground before it passes the bottom photogate.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah: Harness to be used during competition.

At the first Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah practice session, a couple of teams showed up with cable car harnesses from 2019 or earlier. In 2020, the design was changed to be larger, and new harnesses were passed out to teams.  This year, four additional harnesses were passed out to each school that requested them. The current harness, ond the one that will be used in competition, is approximately 1.5″ x 3.0″.