(i) Wild-Card Qualifying Session, 10:00am – 11:45am
Students wishing to compete in the 2015 Young Scientist Paper Plane Challenge at the University of Sydney Open Day and who have not previously registered online, have one final opportunity to participate in the Preliminary Finals. They must attend the Wild-Card Qualifying Session where they will be given two throws to make the qualifying distances of 12 m for the K-6 Furthest distance event, 20 m for the 7-12 Furthest distance event and 5 seconds for the K-12 Longest airtime event.
To participate in the Wild-Card Qualifying Session, students will need to register in the following manner:
- Between 10am – 11:30am register your name at the Wild-Card Registration Table, located at the corner of Fisher Library facing the lawns in front of the New Law Library, along Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney
- Make a gold coin donation that will go towards covering some of the costs of holding this event (only one donation is needed per student for the day)
- Have up to two throws, per event, to see if they can make the qualifying distance or time
- If they successfully qualify for the Preliminary Finals they will be given a recording slip by the judges with their qualifying distance or time, that the student has to take back to the adjacent Preliminary Final Registration Table, where they will have their name added to the pre-populated Finalist registry.
(ii) Preliminary Finals, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Only students who have qualified for the Preliminary Final are eligible to compete – the name of the student must appear on the pre-populated Preliminary Final registry. Each finalist will be given a unique registration number for their event which corresponds to the chronological time that they initially qualified for the 2015 Young Scientist Paper Plane Challenge.
Registration for the Preliminary Finals will proceed in the following manner:
- Between 11:50am – 2:00pm qualifying students must go to the Preliminary Finals Registration Desk to register.
- Make a gold coin donation if they haven’t already done so
- They will be given a coloured-coded sticker with their unique registration number for that event which they must wear when competing
- They will then be directed to the marshalling area where they will line up for their first throw
- They will be issued with their single sheet of 80g/m², onto which they must write their given registration number in the box provided before they fold their plane.
- After their first throw, each student must line up again in the marshalling area ready for their second throw – they can reuse their plane or make up a new one.
- Students who have qualified for both the furthest distance and longest airtime events must then go back to the Preliminary Finals Registration Table and they will be given a different coloured-coded sticker with a different registration number for that event and then they repeat the process.
- At 2:00pm, the Preliminary Finals Registration Table closes and only those at the marshalling area can have their final throws.