Balsa Crush-a-thon

Event Location: Progeny Systems, 9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas
Event date: Saturday, February 01, 2020
Event times: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Map: Progeny Systems

We are hosting a “Balsa Crush-a-thon” for balsa teams who want to practice with official equipment and test out their structure prior to the tournament.  This is a FREE event.

  1. Teams can actually crush their structures if you don’t have a crusher apparatus and weights
  2. Become familiar with the equipment BEFORE the tournament

The following equipment will be provided:


  • This is NOT a competition event.
  • This event is open to any Odyssey of the Mind balsa team in Northern VA.
  • You have a half-hour to test as many structures as you bring.
  • Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Times are hard and fast so you do not infringe on anyone else’s time.
  • There will be no determination of what is or is not a legal structure. What you choose to test is your business.  Just don’t hurt anything.
  • Teams must bring their structure(s) in some sort of larger box or bag so other teams cannot see the design.
  • This testing opportunity is for the benefit of the individual team.
  • You may not discuss weight held with any other team (they really don’t need to know).
  • Clean up after yourself! A broom and trash will be available.

Location:  Progeny Systems, 9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA 20110

Progeny is the white building located on the RIGHT side of Innovation Drive.  Many GPS systems incorrectly locate the building on the left.

Contact Steve Graham, our Problem 4 Captain, to schedule a time slot: at

NOTE:  This event maybe cancelled if attendance is too low.