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									Virtual Road Rally

Materials Required: Internet, Integrated Software Package, US Road Maps
Activity Time: 4 class periods (1 day of planning and 3 days of racing)
Concepts Taught: Integrates Internet Searches, Word Processing, Spreadsheets,
Geography, Map Reading, Math Skills, & Report Writing.

Overview:

Teams of students are invited to compete in the 2nd annual Virtual Road Rally. The Rally
promises to be both an exciting and competitive event. The competition involves each
team planning a route across America's highways and back roads via the Internet. For
each state line that a team crosses, they will receive prize money. Those teams that earn
the most money over a 4 day period will be declared the winner. Each team must be
careful in their route and mileage calculations for teams can also be penalized for having
errors in their calculations. It is important to note that teams must also deduct fuel
consumption from the cash totals. Therefore, selection of vehicles becomes an important
component of the pre-race planning. Listed below is a set of rules and guidelines for the
competition.


Rules and Guidelines:

o each team of competitors may designate their own starting and finishing points
o competitors may travel no more than 10 hrs a day
o competitors must assume they will travel at an average speed of 60 mph (600 miles a
day at 60 miles an hour)
o all travel must be able to verified through online atlas programs
o the price for each gallon of fuel competitors must use in their calculations is $3.50
o teams must keep accurate logs of their itinerary, mileage, fuel consumption, and prize
earnings
o teams will be penalized $10 for each calculation error

Stage I
Pre-Race Planning

1. Prior to the commencement of the race, each team of students is required to research
and outline two possible route options. The following materials must be submitted for
each route option that is being considered.

o written summary including:
-starting point
-stopping point
-estimated miles
-estimated time
-estimated number of states traveled across
-estimated prize earnings


2. Once two possible route options have been evaluated, each team is required to
designate the route they intend to use for the competition. This may be either route option
or a combination of the two. Each team's selection must be reported to the judges and
properly noted in the written summary.


Stage II
Selection Of Vehicles

Each team of students is required to select a vehicle for the virtual road rally. Each team
is required to submit a written report to their teacher that includes the following
information.

o vehicle of choice using the following web address: http://www.kelolandautomall.com
o advantages of vehicle
o disadvantages of the vehicle
o miles per gallon of fuel (highway)


Stage III
Commencement of the Race

Once the race commences (starts), each team of competitors must work together to record
and document their virtual race experience. Each individual teammate must understand
that they are a part of team and are responsible for his/her part of the workload. Each
team of students is required to submit the following data to the judge when they complete
each day’s calculations. There will be a deduction of $10/day for each person who does
not contribute to the team’s overall workload.

1. Mileage Records
include: (Must use Excel formulas to calculate any values, or else you will receive
deductions)
-daily starting point
-daily stopping point (has to be in a town or city)
-daily miles traveled
-total miles traveled for entire trip
-daily hours traveled

2. Fuel Consumption Record (See example spreadsheet)
include: (Must use Excel formulas to calculate any values, or else you will receive
deductions)
-daily miles traveled
-total miles traveled
-daily fuel consumed (gallons)
-total fuel consumed (gallons)
-daily fuel cost
-total fuel cost


3. Daily Route Description

For each day of travel, teams are required to submit route descriptions of the road or
highways on which they traveled. The following websites may prove to be helpful.
http://www.mapquest.com http://www.mapsonus.com
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py or any other on-line map you want to use

4. Daily Journal

Each day spent on the road requires a journal submission. The journal should be properly
formatted and should use proper spelling and sentence structure. Deductions will be
made for formatting and grammar mistakes. The following elements must be included in
this journal entry.
o how each group member contributed that day
o what states you traveled through that day
o what major cities you traveled through that day

Stage IV: Final Report

At the completion of 3 days of racing, each team of students is required to submit the
following information to the judges.

1. Organized copy of all route directions

2. Final revisions of all spreadsheets
o mileage record
o fuel consumption record

3. Final copy of daily journals

4. Cash Balance Spreadsheet
includes: (must use Excel formulas to calculate values, or else you will receive
deductions)
- prize money earned (daily)
-total prize earnings (daily)
-fuel deductions (daily)
-remaining cash balance

Scoring
   You will start off with $100. Your car will be empty so you will have to fill it up
    before you can begin your travel.
   You will receive $100 for your written summary report discussing the 2 possible
    routes you will be using. (NOTE: you will be deducted $10 for each grammatical
    mistake).
   You will receive $100 for your written report on your vehicle selection (NOTE:
    you will be deducted $10 for each grammatical mistake).
   Each NEW state you enter is worth $50.
   $100 for a detailed and properly formatted Mileage Log (NOTE: you will be
    deducted $10 for each grammatical mistake and/or formatting mistake).
   $100 for a detailed and properly formatted Fuel Consumption Log (NOTE: you
    will be deducted $10 for each grammatical mistake and/or formatting mistake).
   You will receive $25 a day for a completed detail journal entry on your virtual
    travel for that day. (NOTE: you will be deducted $10 for each grammatical or
    formatting mistake).

								
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