Design, Construct and Compete (DCC) Challenge

Competition Rules


Requirements:Entrants must construct a balloon powered car, no purchased cars will be†††††††

††††††††††† allowed.


Specifications:There are no restrictions on car length, width or height.Only balloon power is permitted and the balloon(s) must be blown up by mouth (no mechanical pumps). A car may be powered by more than than one balloon.No external guides, like strings or walls, can be used to direct the car.


Eligibility:Anyone may enter and teams are encouraged.A team may enter more than one car, but must fill out separate entry forms for each car.


Location and Dimensions:Competition will take place at the Sisters High School gymnasium.Competition areas will be marked by tape on the gym floor.


Event:Date of the event is Saturday, March 17, 2018.There will be 2 Divisions.Division A will be for grades K-4.Division B will be for all other contestants.The event rules are the same for each Division.

All teams must register their cars before 1 PM. The first round of competition, starting with Division A will begin at 2:30 PM.The gym will be open between 11 AM and 1:30 PM for practice for competitors who have registered.All competitors must be present for the Competitorís Meeting at 2 PM.


Competitors must complete and submit a registration form and registration fee on or before March 2nd.Registration forms and fees will be accepted at Sisters High School front office during normal Business hours.Forms should be left at the front office.Depending on the number of entrants, late registration may be accepted at discretion of the event organizers, but late registrants may not receive t-shirts.


Teams may be comprised of one or more individuals.The team must notify the judges of any changes to the team between the time of registration and the competition.No more than 4

t-shirts will be supplied to any one team.Shirt sizes will be those listed on the original registration form.


Preliminary Races:Each car can race twice in each of two competitions:the Speed Race and the Distance Race.In either event, the best of the two results will count as that carís performance.


The Speed Race will be a timed event, covering a 40 foot course.Cars must start with the front of the car behind the start line and stop watches will be stopped when the front of the car crosses the finish line.Cars must remain within the marked course during the race (20 feet wide).The fastest five cars from each Division will qualify for the Race Off.


The distance event is not timed.Cars must stay within the marked course (20 feet wide).Cars start with the front of the vehicle behind the start line and the distance traveled is measured at the front of the car when it stops.The 5 cars that travel the farthest in each Division will qualify for the Race Off.


Race Off:The top 5 cars from each Division in the Speed Race and the Distance Event will compete against each other in the Race Off.Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 competitors in each event for each Division.


Competition:The order of competition will be chosen by random selection before the start of the first round.Teams advancing to subsequent rounds will continue to compete in the same order as in the first round.


Judging:All rules shall be interpreted and enforced by a panel of 3 judges selected by the Fair.

In cases where these published rules may not fully address an issue, which affects the competition, the judges are empowered to add or modify rules at any point in time, up to and throughout the actual competition.Any such changes shall be made in a spirit of safety and fair competition, and will be communicated to all contestants in a timely manner.


Prizes and Awards: ††Any awards will be awarded to the team.Contest organizers will have no input or responsibility regarding how a team allocates awards amongst itself.The awarding of prizes will be announced immediately following the competition.


††††††††††† Cash prizes will be awarded for the timed race and for the distance event for each Division as

††††††††††† follows:

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st Place†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† $75

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2nd Place††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 50

††††††††††††††††††††††† 3rd Place††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 25