Preston Jr. High, Idaho Falls Regional
The clamshell rock
collector was a great idea and worked very well. The rover tended
to jerk around which made it difficult to control. A lower
gearing would probably have helped.
Holy Rosary, Idaho Falls Regional
This long scoop made of
aluminum is a great idea and one of the few
that could reach into the crater to retrieve rocks. However the
edge of the scoop would catch on bumps on the ground when it was trying
to scoop up rocks. A slightly different edge might make this a
1st place at Moscow Regional
The small front wheels are a
good idea, but the rear one would catch as it came down off of hills.
2nd place at Moscow Regional
I think this is the one that
had nearly constant minor repairs. The rear attachment for the
lift piston would come loose and had to be pressed back down.
3rd place at Moscow Regional
An ingenious suspension that ensured that its
wheels were always contacting the ground. The front wheels were
hinged along the center axis of the rover. Also notice that it is
articulated and steers by bending in the middle.