Teams had 2 hours to prepare for their attempts at solving the Eureka Dilemma. All attempts were completed before lunch as the forecast high temperature was 102. During the preparation phase, I setup the town of Eureka in the stadium parking lot placing the medical center landing pad at the exact location as written in the directions.
The first team to present a solution to the Eureka Dilemma was the Purple Team. Their flight was fully manual and clipped the medical center on landing. Their cargo pod remained secure.
The second team to present a solution to the Eureka Dilemma was the Green Team. Their flight was fully autonomous with the exception of the landing. They executed a perfect landing with a completely in-tact cargo pod.
The Orange Team created a program to bring their drone out over the stadium and then to turn North into the parking lot.
Unfortunately, their flight ended in a catastrophic crash into the rear of the press box on the stadium. The cargo pod survived the crash, but the drone did not.
In the scale map, the supplies crashed approximately 3 miles Northeast of Silverton, CO – too far for the citizens of Eureka to trek to secure them.
We ended the day creating water bottle rockets. As I could not find my bottle launcher, we dropped the rockets from the press box of the stadium. All bottles were filled with the same volume of water. There was a control rocket (unmodified 2-liter water bottle) and then each team created their own rocket. They had to create a rocket that could reach the ground quicker than the control (reduce drag) and then a rocket that could reach the ground slower than the control (increase drag).