General rule 4. Teams cannot communicate with the outside while in a competition area. If the supervisor let them get parental help without putting them in Tier 2, then that was ran incorrectly. You don't know, though. This team easily could have been Tier 2'd for not knowing how to set up their device by themselves. This supervisor does seem rather lax, though, as if it had been an invitational. Good supervisors will stick to the rules. As suggested above, tell your coach.duct tape wrote:Our team was at a regional competition this past week ( I'm advising on MP) and one team had 4 students and a parent helping setup during the 30 min window. I asked the event supervisor ( from that school) if that was allowed and he told me " we're just being relaxed here." Not wanting to be a " little league parent" I let it go. Any advice on how to handle this, I'm pretty new to all this. We were at an invite in Indiana last month, and the supervisor ( Uncle Fester) ran the event with admirable precision. Which way are these usually run?
I can see both sides. On one hand, this event and its two pages of demands are ridiculous at our level. For many teams, it really is Mission Impossible. Does this get kids excited about science? Perhaps. Do teams always meet the objectives of the event? No. Was it worthwhile? You decide. Everyone's experience is different.duct tape wrote:Any opinions on whether this event is more appropriate for Div C as opposed to Div B ? I'm new to this, but it seems like there is more parental involvement than appropriate , but mostly because it seems a little beyond even the really bright kids in SO. Am I just underestimating the kids?
On the other hand, it's easy to call out this event as demanding, but there are plenty of others that are difficult to excel in at the middle school level yielding lower scores. Water Quality? Shock Value? Keep the Heat? Crave the Wave? Sounds? I could argue these events are all demanding. When considering the entire picture, Mission has its place because, like these events, there are many effectively clueless teams and the few that are well prepared.
Personally, I'd rather see Mission stay out of the B division, but I can't make a strong case against it without targeting other events, too.