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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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