Acton takes First Place at State Competition – Again

Saturday, April 6, 2019:

For the second year in a row, Acton’s Problem 4 Structure team won first place in their division with this year’s problem. They competed against 4 other teams in their division, successfully “tossed” their balsa wood structure and successfully placed 585 lbs of weights on it before it collapsed. The competition was TIGHT at States, so the team needs to keep building on it’s skit and props to score well at Worlds. They were CLOSE to getting another Dube award, but two other teams scored better than them in one category, but only by a few points!

The short description of this year’s problem:

Problem 4: Structure Toss 
Divisions I, II, III & IV
Step right up and put your structure to the test! Teams must strategize risk for points and “toss” their structures in this year’s problem-turned-carnival. They will use a device to propel the structure in a carnival game. If it travels in the air it gets higher score! Once the structure has been successfully tossed, it can be tested for strength. A carnival barker character will entice other characters to join the fun during a performance that incorporates testing the structure’s strength with creative games of skill and chance.

Now the challenge is to once again seek donations to fund a trip to the Worlds Tournament in just a few weeks. This year the Worlds Tournament  is at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan on May 22 through May 25. Anything you can do to help is appreciated! The ways to accept these donations are being set up, so please check back soon for more details.

This year the team competed in Division II, which is the middle-school-age division even though they have 4th and 5th graders on the team, so they are a relatively young team competing against teams composed mainly of older members, so it’s going to be a challenge.

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