Volunteer for Junior Solar Sprints Raceday 2020
Volunteers are vital to the success of Junior Solar Sprint Race Day.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Kingwood Township School
880 County Road 519 Frenchtown, NJ 08825
8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Training, in the form of a conference call for each role, will be available.
Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 2 hours on race day
Judging Table Facilitator
This is the first stop for student teams before approaching the judges. The facilitator explain the judging process to student teams, direct teams to appropriate judges and ensure teams have been judged in all categories before leaving the judging area.
Judges meet with each student team to evaluate vehicles based upon pre-set scoring criteria for one of 3 categories: 1) Craftsmanship, 2) Engineering, and 3) Best Use of Recycled Materials.
Judges will listen to students explain their rationale for the design and engineering of their vehicles. The goal is to establish that the students grasp the basic concepts of design/build/test/race.
Judging in the craftsmanship category includes an evaluation of the appearance, assembly and creativity of the vehicle.
Judging in the engineering category includes an evaluation of how well the car will perform, including gears, solar panel placement, and structural integrity.
Use of Recycled Materials
Judging the use of recycled materials includes how much of the vehicle is made from recycled materials and/or if parts of the vehicle can be recycled post-race.
Race Line Coordinators and Line judges are positioned at both the Start (Start Line Judge) and Finish lines (Finish Line Judge) of the race track to monitor the racers.
Start Line Coordinator
Start Line Coordinator is positioned at the entrance to the race track. The role of the start line coordinator is to make sure that the correct student teams are prepared to race and will communicate with the Scoreboard. Start Line Coordinator will hand out solar panel “covers” and/or battery powered panels in the event of skies are overcast or races is being conducted indoors.
Start Line Judge
Start line Judges will watch to make sure that racers are all properly positioned behind the starting line and do not touch or push their vehicle forward. The Start Judge will also be responsible for making sure that the students have the correct power source attached to their vehicle(s). If the race is being conducted outside and it is sunny, solar panels are used. If the weather is overcast, or the race is being conducted indoors, battery power is acceptable.
Finish Line Judge
Finish Line Judges will watch the finish line to determine the “placing” of racers (1st, 2nd 3rd) and report race results to Scoreboard. Finish Line Judge is also responsible for collecting batteries and battery packs ( if used) from students post-race and returning them to the Starting Judge to hand out to the next set of students.
Scoreboard Assistant(s) will help goHunterdon staff track and post the race results. They will also assist facilitate questions from student teams or teachers about upcoming race heats per the score board.
Fix it Station
Fix it Table Facilitators
Volunteers at the fix-it table will assist students in making last minute repairs or changes to their vehicles. Students will bring their vehicles up to the table to use the available different tools/part to fix or alter their vehicles for the race. Volunteers may help guide, but not directly fix, student vehicles – with one exception~ Students are not allowed to use the soldering iron. Volunteers will assist students with soldering at student request. This is the only time that the students will be getting direct assistance from an adult with their vehicles.