2017-2018 Science Olympiad Wright Stuff Kit

Avg. Ratings: 1.0 (4 Reviews)

Total Ratings: 4
Avg. Ratings: 1.0 out of 5

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Yes: 7 No: 1 
Engineer / Coach / Lakeville, MN
No, I didn't recommend
Straight up bad kit. Start with instructions that have gotten even worse since the 2016 kit. No pictures, illustrations out of scale and incomplete. How useful is the instruction to see the diagram if the diagram omits that instruction? I don't know if a plane built with this design would ever fly, because we abandoned the instructions and used some from a kit from another company I bought years ago. I spent nearly $500 on Wards kits this year, and all of them are inferior. Don't buy from Wards.
WARDSCI.com associate Published 04/17/2020
Thank you for your review. We will make sure to advise the Science Olympiad event Supervisor for Wright Stuff that the 2016 instructions were favorable over this year’s instructions for our upcoming development. Thank you again for your review, your feedback is valuable.
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Software developer / Parent / Katy, TX
No, I didn't recommend
Today we started building the kit and found that the insta glue (part of the kit) is hard as a rock...practically leaving our son not able to do anything with the kit. The least that could be done was to check and send a kit with functioning parts... Also the directions say 'use a music wire in one of the steps' but of course that is not supplied in the kit. It is understood that this kit is not out of box solution for the competition, but our main purpose for buying this kit was to be able to make a basic working glider plane and learn and explore further science concepts and enhance it further for the competition starting with this basic design.At least the parts for building the very basic structure should have been provided. This has been a frustrating experience. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND PEOPLE not to buy this product.
WARDSCI.com associate Published 12/04/2018
Thank you for your feedback. We suggest contacting Customer Service or Technical Support in the event you are missing pieces or receive dried out glue. We are very diligent in our efforts to send those items to you as quickly as possible. We are sorry you were not satisfied and thank you for your review; your feedback is important.
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Software developer / Parent / Katy, TX
No, I didn't recommend
This kit is not very useful. The directions are difficult to follow and is of no use to anyone who is trying to use this the first time .We have no idea how to use the gauge as there are no measurements or instructions to go with it.I understand that this is an introduction to building the plane but at the cost of $100 I was expecting a better product. Also I ordered the product with a 3 day shipping (shown as 41$) but later found that the cost was just an estimate and that it was actually 89$. I called the company and as of today the extra shipping has not been refunded but they have promised to do so. Overall not a happy experience. I had given 1 star because that is the minimum but I DO NOT recommend this product.
WARDSCI.com associate Published 12/04/2018
Thank you for your review. This kit is not meant to be an out of the box solution for competition. Specifically, the instructions are designed by the Science Olympiad board to be purposely vague in some areas. This is so that the competitor uses innovation and problem solving to make their design their own. The dimension verification device, or gauge, does not come with instructions. It is simply a tool to confirm that your device is verified to fit within the national standards for the event. The dimension verification device should be used in hand with the event rules in confirming that the design Is legal for competition. We are working with customer service to refund those shipping charges. Thank you for your review, your feedback is important.
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Accountant / Science Olympiad Coach / Michigan
No, I didn't recommend
If you are a first time Science Olympiad coach trying to help the team out, and don't really know what you are doing (like me) this is not the kit for you. I thought I was doing a good thing by ordering the "official" Science Olympiad kit, but the directions are pretty much impossible to follow, because they are based on a prototype, rather than the kit that they send you. The drawings are not 1:1 scale, dimensions are not noted on the drawings and/or directions for many of the pieces, and as near as I can tell some of the parts you will need to build and assemble are not shown on the plan drawings. Thank heavens I have one returning team member who's dad helped out last year or we would be totally lost. I also ordered the gauge, which I'm ending up returning because it has no measurements on it, and it's rough cut with very sharp edges. I was expecting a box of some sort to make sure the plane is within the dimensions, so I wasn't even sure what to do with the plastic contraption they sent even if it hadn't been a safety hazard. If I can learn what I'm doing with the kids this year I think I'll just go to the hobby shop next year for whatever we need.
WARDSCI.com associate Published 12/04/2018
Thank you for your review. The instructions are written by Science Olympiad event supervisors to provide an introduction to the event. We will be sure to pass this information onto them for next season. Thank you for your review, your feedback is important to us.
470231-588EA 19.05 USD
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2017-2018 Science Olympiad Wright Stuff Kit
Prepare for upcoming competitions with this practice kit, the only kits officially licensed and approved by Science Olympiad!

  • Designed hand-in-hand with the National Event Supervisors
  • Aligned to NGSS-based Science Olympiad events
  • 4 gliders can be built from this kit
  • Event rules can be downloaded for FREE from the Science Olympiad website
This kit features the following components, hand selected by the Science Olympiad Organization:

1/16x3x36" Balsa
1/8x1/8x36" Balsa
Bag, Plastic Ziplip 12x15", 4 Mil, Pk100
Bag, Produce, 12x20", Rl. of 750
Balsa, .125x.375x36", Pk. 20
Balsa Package Bridge, 1/8x1/8x36", Pk. 36
Bottle with Needle, 2oz., W/16G, 1.5"
Grip Pins, Pk. 50
Jet Glue, 1/2oz., Bob Smith Brand
Jet Glue Accelerator, 2oz., Non-Toxic
Pad For Balsa, 32C #Ect, 38x3.5"
Prop Assembly, 5-1/2" with Nose Piece Each
Razor Blades, Pk. 5
Rubber Super Sports, 3/32"x640', 1 Lb.
Tape Masking Blue, 0.5"x60Yds.
Thread Blue Spool, 250 Yds., Cotton-Coverpoly
Wood Balsa, 1/16x1/16x36"
Wood Balsa, 1/8x1/4x36"
Wood Balsa, 3/32x3/32x36"

The 2017-2018 Science Olympiad Kits were developed to provide an introduction to each event and are not intended to be an "out of the box solution" for competition. Students and competitors should practice innovation and creativity to make their design their own competition-ready device.

DOWNLOAD THE 2018 SCIENCE OLYMPIAD RULES MANUAL HERE: https://store.soinc.org/us/page/manuals?resetallfilter=1