GKC Art, Engineering, & Pageantry Judging
The spectacle begins
Benton County Fairgrounds
9:00 AM -
Judging and awards are a big part of
the fun. On Saturday morning, teams run a gauntlet of Art and
Engineering judges and also perform their required team song.
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The Judging Categories
The four categories that determine overall scoring
are Artistry, Pageantry, Engineering, and Timing. Scores are
tallied at the end of Sunday's events and using highly complex
mathmatical formulas, every team receives some type of award!
The Artistry Judges gather information during the Saturday
judging and throughout the Race. Judging is based on the creative
craftsmanship of the entire Sculpture and includes such things as
use of color, costumes and 2- and 3-dimensional artistic designs
(including gratuitous moving parts). A team receives a score
between 1 and 10.
Pageantry Judges will be watching teams from the
Saturday judging and throughout the weekend. Judging is based on
such things as humor, theatrical appeal and thematic role playing.
A team receives a score between 1 and 10.
Engineering Judges will be at the Saturday judging, tmorning
Tech-Check, and throughout the race. Each judge has his or her own
technique for collecting this information, so racers
must be prepared to answer questions about, and to
demonstrate, their Sculpture. Engineering judging is based on
the creativity of the Sculpture design for dealing with various
course obstacles, ingenious ways of solving problems, imaginative
use of materials, and quality of construction. A Sculpture falling
apart or failing to negotiate an obstacle leaves a definite
negative impression. A team receives a score between 1 and 10.
Race time is determined from the time taken to complete the
course, plus additions for penalties and other infractions as
determined by the Timekeepers and minus 1/2 hour for each Rumble
Seat Passenger (non-pedaling racer).
Teams must complete all sections of the course to
qualify. Completing all sections means
getting the sculpture across the finish line for each
section without resorting to non-human power. The team with the
best time after penalties will receive 10 points, the slowest team
will receive 1 point and all others will be distributed in between
in proportion to their time.