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2016 Race Report: Birdie: The Sculpture Vulture

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Birdie: The Sculpture Vulture

This giant vulture features impressive engineering innovation. Four unicycles were connected by a rocker-differential suspension system inspired by Mars Curiosity Rover. With 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, and all wheels in contact with whatever terrain it’s crossing, Birdie the Sculpture Vulture posessed phenomenal traction and agility for its lightweight design. This is the first entry from a new team from St. Casimir’s Catholic School in Canton, right along the Kinetic Sculpture Race course.

Exiting the water without assistance is one of the most challenging aspects of the racecourse. Buoyancy reduces traction (especially on rear wheels), and the sloping wet exit ramp increases the degree of difficulty. Birdie drove straight out.

Driving straight through the mud without stopping clinched the Engineering award for this new team.

Here they receive the Engineering trophy.

The vulture’s “feathers” were 500 repurposed plastic milk cartons.

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  1. The Bees’ Knees
  2. King Bal-Tut-More
  3. Birdie: The Sculpture Vulture
  4. Da Vinci Dogs
  5. Tick Tock the Croc
  6. Thee Goatman Cometh
  7. Scary, Scary Night
  8. Nine Sculptures from Jemicy
  9. Stumti the Tremendous Stork
  10. Dr. Disaster’s Spin Cycle
  1. Mobile Mobile
  2. The Golden Eyedra and the Elusive Πλατύπους
  3. Monsters Inc. Crew
  4. Wheel of (Mis)Fortune
  5. Monsters of the Middle School Brain
  6. Rōninferno
  7. OMHS Scorpion
  8. Kraken Upcycle
  9. Poe’s Toaster
  1. Fifi the Poodlecorn Unicorn
  2. Wasn’t Built In a Day
  3. Leg Power!
  4. Kinetic Kouch Reborn
  5. Big Foot
  6. Opening Ceremonies
  7. Thanks!
  8. Volunteers, Spectators & Crew
  9. The Team
3/3/2021 1:12:55 PM   3/4/2021 5:36:48 PM   1:145   2:6   3:2   4:   5:2   6:1   7:   8:1   9:1   10:1   11:1   12:1   13:1   14:   15:1   16:1   17:2   18:2   19:2   20:4   21:2   22:1   23:1   24:1   25:2   26:1   27:1   28:3   AllInOne:4
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