Strategy Quiz

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Strategy Quizzes & Trivia

After you've read and studied the game specific rules, take this quiz. Please feel free to refer to your notes or the rule book as you take the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    I read the game specific rules all the way through and did not rush through. I also studied the scoring charts and pictures. 
    • A. 

      Yes, I really did.

    • B. 

      No, not exactly... but I think I have it down.

  • 2. 
    Blocking another other team is legal and you can do it without getting a penalty.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Common mistakes teams make include:
    • A. 

      Not leaving time, after the bot is done, to practice driving before practice day

    • B. 

      Being unrealistic about how much can get done in 3 minutes

    • C. 

      Not basing all decisions on strategy-- and/or not using scoring/feasibility to create strategy

    • D. 

      Being "fair" by having students who haven't spent time studying the math behind the scoring have just as much say on strategy as the students who do understand the complexity of how the scoring works.

    • E. 

      Using overly complicated programming/design/mechanical strategies

    • F. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    Which is a hypothetically better strategy for the seeding rounds if all of the assumptions were true? (Please note: This is meant to test your understanding of scoring tradeoffs. The time, in seconds, is *totally* and *completely* made-up-- and in no way reflects reality.) Remember that rounds are always 3 minutes.
    • A. 

      Core samples, assuming a 45 second drive each direction, 25 second pick up, 20 second drop off

    • B. 

      Chalcopyrite bin (full), assuming 40 second drive each direction, 25 second pick up, 15 second drop off

    • C. 

      Filter replacement or pipe replacement, assuming the robot only picks up one at a time and each is a 35 second pickup, 35 second travel (each way), and 55 second placement

    • D. 

      As much aggregate and all the coal you can get, assuming 10 second travel time per piece (yes, that's and unrealistically speedy bot!).

  • 5. 
    Market shifts take place for coal, iron, aluminum, copper and lithium (check all that apply)
    • A. 

      Before semi-finals, based on seeding matches

    • B. 

      After each seeding match, based on previous match

    • C. 

      Before finals, based on semi-finals

    • D. 

      During game play, based on what each team puts into their bins

  • 6. 
    Say your robot can pick up either aluminum or coal. In the seeding rounds, the other teams are pretty much all harvesting aluminum. In the semi-finals, would it be better for your team to harvest all of the aluminum or all of the copper-- and why?
    • A. 

      Coal because even though it scores fewer points than the bauxite in the seeding rounds, the deflation of the bauxite makes the coal more valuable.

    • B. 

      Coal because because other teams will also be going for the coal this time.

    • C. 

      Bauxite because market values will now be higher for bauxite and lower for coal.

    • D. 

      Bauxite because it scores higher than coal.

  • 7. 
    Say that, in the seeding rounds, teams pick up 1 % of possible coal and 3% of aluminum foil balls-- and nothing else-- what happens to points for ore in the semi-final rounds. Feel free to use the BEST excel calculator for this, if you wish.
    • A. 

      Coal 5 Magnetite 7 Bauxite 10 Chalcopyrite 15 Spodumene 25

    • B. 

      Coal 4.67 Magnetite 8.87 Bauxite 2.67 Chalcopyrite 19.00 Spodumene 31.67

    • C. 

      Coal 4.67 Magnetite 8.87 Bauxite 3.67 Chalcopyrite 21.00 Spodumene 33.67

    • D. 

      Coal 3.27 Magnetite 8.87 Bauxite 2.13 Chalcopyrite 19.00 Spodumene 30.67

    • E. 

      Coal 4.81 Magnetite 8.87 Bauxite 4.87 Chalcopyrite 19.00 Spodumene 29.67

    • F. 

      Coal 3.27 Magnetite 9.82 Bauxite 5.13 Chalcopyrite 19.00 Spodumene 30.67