The Top Gun competition!

We call our competition with the Cruzers Top Gun. If you want to have a Top Gun competition, there are a few things you need.

  1. Multiple launch poles
    We try to have at least one pole for every ten kids, as launching the Cruzers one at a time can get a little tedious. You can get away with less if you have a rotating schedule with groups. Three or four is a good average. 
  2. Stopwatches for every pole
    These are for keeping track of each Catapult Cruzer’s flight. Someone stands by the pilot and records the flight.
  3. Top Gun competition cards
    These are to record the flight.
  4. A laptop with a spreadsheet proogram like Microsoft Excel or Open Office Calc
    We provide a spreadsheet that will figure out the winners automatically for you.
  5. Pens
    For writing the flight times on the card.
  6. A Whistle
    To announce the launchtime
  7. Bean Bags OR a Rope 
    To make sure the kids only go back to where the are supposed to go.
  • To win the Top Gun competition and become top gun, you have to have your Cruzer in the air the longest.
  • First, have the kids count off, and write their number on their card where it says ‘pilot #’.
  • Now have the kids line up behind the launch poles.
  • Have an adult or teenager with a stopwatch assigned to every launch pole. They are referees.
  • As the kids come up and do their flight, they will go back to the bean bags. This is as far back as they are allowed, and the referee will make sure the pilots are where they are supposed to be. No laying down with your feet on the bean bags or anything like that. (This is also a safety issue- they can break after being pulled and bent too far enough times)
  • Then they wait for an adult with a whistle. We usually do a countdown. 3-2-1- *whistle*
  • Here’s another area for the referees. they can make sure that the pilot doesn’t hold onto their Cruzer too long, making it seem like it’s in the air longer.
  • The kids let go of their Cruzers and each referee starts their stopwatch. When the Cruzer stops going forward, the referee stops the stopwatch and writes the time down.
  • The pilot then takes their card to the computer operator.
  • The operator finds the number from the card on the spreadsheet and puts in the time.
  • The spreadsheet will figure out the winner automatically
Equipment for Top Gun

 

The Top Gun competition!

We call our competition with the Cruzers Top Gun. If you want to have a Top Gun competition, there are a few things you need.

  1. Multiple launch poles
    We try to have at least one pole for every ten kids, as launching the Cruzers one at a time can get a little tedious. You can get away with less if you have a rotating schedule with groups. Three or four is a good average.  
  2. We recommend a plastic electric step style fence pole. You can get them fairly cheaply at Menards, Tractor Supply or any farm supply store. 
  3. Stopwatches for every pole
    These are for keeping track of each Catapult Cruzer’s flight. Someone stands by the pilot and records the flight. 
  4. Top Gun competition cards
    These are to record the flight.
  5. A laptop with a spreadsheet proogram like Microsoft Excel or Open Office Calc
    We provide a spreadsheet that will figure out the winners automatically for you.
  6. Pens
    For writing the flight times on the card.
  7. A Whistle
    To announce the launchtime
  8. Bean Bags OR a Rope 
    To make sure the kids only go back to where the are supposed to go.