FedEx Innovation Challenge
April 24, 2018
Your Team Can Win Big!
This contest is open to all FRC and FTC teams, from the U.S. and abroad, present and competing at the 2018 FIRST World Championship. Your team can compete to win a grant for your future FIRST initiatives. FYI returning teams – the challenge format has changed this year!
More than $20,000 USD
Grants Awarded from FedEx
$10,000 grant – Thursday, April 26
$10,000 grant – Friday, April 27
$2,500 Spirit Award grant also presented!
To be eligible for the prizes, teams are required to participate by completing the daily challenges on Thursday, April 26 and/or Friday, April 27. Challenge winners from each day will be announced the following morning.
ONE TEAM can win MULTIPLE GRANTS!
Challenges, rules, and more below:
Detroit Winners and Challenges
CONGRATULATIONS to FRC5422 Stormgears for winning Challenge 2!
— Stormgears 5422 (@StormgearsFRC) April 27, 2018
DETROIT – FRIDAY, APRIL 27
Challenge 2: Swing Time
Widely considered the Father of Modern Science, Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) helped launch the scientific revolution. Among his many contributions to science, was the discovery of isochronism in pendulums.
Isochronism is the reason pendulums proved to be so useful for timekeeping. Today, the pendulum clock is still relevant and is used as an accurate (relatively speaking) method of keeping time.
You may have already guessed, but this challenge relates to the magic of the pendulum!
Submit a VIDEO (:15 max.), that describes and creatively demonstrates isochronism in pendulums.
We had some absolutely amazing entries for Challenge 1. Judging went into the late hours of the night, but our judges finally settled on a winner for day 1….CONGRATULATIONS to FRC1640 Sa-BOT-age for winning Challenge 1!
Here is our submission for the FedEx Innovation Challenge! We’ve worked so hard on this all day and we are proud to share this with you! Like and Retweet to show support! #FedExContest #OMGrobots #FRC1640 #FIRSTinspires @FIRSTweets @FedEx pic.twitter.com/Kvcle1faFq
— FRC1640 (@FRC1640) April 26, 2018
DETROIT – THURSDAY, APRIL 25
Challenge 1: Max the Space
When loading FedEx trailers, efficiency is key! It’s critical to ensure that trailer space is maximized. As the FedEx operations planner, you need to determine the number of 53′ trailers to be sent to a shipper location, where they’ll be loaded with spare robot parts and scheduled for pickup.
Additionally, your boss needs to know the load factor of each trailer. (Note: the load factor of a trailer relates to how full it is, and is calculated as a percentage.)
– 7,500 total packages need to be loaded
– Package Dimensions: 20” x 12” x 16”
– Interior Trailer Dimensions: 53’L x 5’H x 8’W
– The weight of each package is a non-factor for this shipment
– Load factor should be rounded to nearest hundredth (e.g. 50.25%)
– Each trailer must be filled as close to capacity as possible before moving to the next trailer
– Note: Be sure to consider the package dimensions in your calculations, not just the volume
How many trailers are required and what is the load factor of each trailer?
Be creative and upload your answer as an IMAGE (photo/collage/graphic) that shows your answer and how you got it.
ANSWER: Challenge 1
– Five (5) trailers
– Load factor for each trailer: 98.03, 98.03, 98.03, 98.03, and 70.28
CONGRATULATIONS to FRC2708 Lake Effect Robotics for winning the $2,500 Spirit Award!
Isochronism: is the idea that no matter the amplitude, a pendulum will take the same amount of time to swing forward as it will back. This theory is constantly dependable which is important when you are relied on to deliver the world. #FedExContest #OMGrobots #FRC2708 pic.twitter.com/czofXCULG1
— Lake Effect Robotics (@Team2708) April 27, 2018