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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by ceg7654 » May 26th, 2014, 10:14 pm

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ceg7654 wrote:Sometimes it's not about the number of materials, but how you're required to arrange or place them. At our States we had like... Five toothpicks, some rubber bands, and a bunch of Play Doh. It was pretty difficult for me at least, because my writer didn't specify the things I noticed should've been specified as I was building it, and I've never been the best sculptor, but it worked out okay(7th).
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by GoofyFoofer » May 28th, 2014, 3:19 pm

Yeah. I was the doer. My time slot was somewhere around lunch time, I think. I assume you're from Mesa Robles? :P
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by matthew101802 » May 31st, 2014, 12:54 pm

ak12 wrote:About how complicated can write it do it structures get? Will they ever have over 50 pieces? We aren't really sure when to stop making our builds more complicated...
Dude, nats had over 60 I think.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by GoofyFoofer » May 31st, 2014, 4:50 pm

For division B or C?
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by matthew101802 » June 2nd, 2014, 7:31 pm

GoofyFoofer wrote:For division B or C?
For B. At least, that's what I saw. Are we allowed to talk about the structure?
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by GoofyFoofer » June 2nd, 2014, 9:33 pm

That's crazy. The highest I know of was when one of my buddies in Florida had like 25 or so pieces.
And yeah, I think we are allowed to talk about the structure, as long as the competition(s) are already done.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by chalker » June 3rd, 2014, 4:59 am

Here's something to think about (which applies to many events, not just this one): If a competition such as Nationals has 60 teams competing, and the structure only has say 20 pieces, each worth an equal amount, then you only have 20 possible scores you can give. That would result in every team on average being tied with 2 other teams. In SO event you generally should have at LEAST 1.5x the number of teams for possible points / scores you can assign so you don't have to break too many ties.

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by GoofyFoofer » June 5th, 2014, 5:07 pm

Good point. I guess the structures should have enough pieces to discourage ties like that.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by hscmom » June 23rd, 2014, 10:51 am

Hmmm - I figured that each piece could be worth more than a point (so that you could differentiate teams by score easier). Let's say that part of the structure is a baby block. There are several things that can be right or wrong about it. It could be totally missing (so you get no points). Or it could be part of the build. If it IS part of the build then it can be correctly oriented (the little sailboat picture is facing the builder and the sail's top points left) or not. It can be stacked correctly (the green block can be on top of the baby block or underneath it - one is right...). It can touch the red ball or not. It can be 2 cm from the edge of the base/tray or not. So, I could see the following rubric section (each with a point or two as the judges determine beforehand) regarding JUST the baby block:

1) Is it present?
2) Is it on top of the green block?
3) If on the green block, is the left edge of the baby block 2 mm to the right of the left edge of the green block?
3) Is it the right distance from the edge of the tray?
4) Does the sailboat face the builder?
5) Does the sailboat's mast point left?
6) Does the block's right edge touch the red ball right on the end of the middle line of the E?


Maybe I'm daft, but having coached this for half a decade now, I can see how you can have 100 potential points on a 15 item build. There is presence, location, relationships, orientations. distances, angles, and even sometimes the right piece (maybe the writer sees a dark yellow block but the builders' kits have two almost identical blocks, one being dark yellow and one a very pale yellow - more credit is given if the builder used the right one, which could happen by luck or could happen because the pair practiced enough to know to call the dark yellow "dark yellow" or similarly there might be a regular paper clip and a jumbo one to pick from in the builders' kits and a practiced writer should know what a default paper clip looks like).

Am I missing something obvious here? Am I over-coaching this?
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Post by Unome » June 24th, 2014, 8:10 am

hscmom wrote:Hmmm - I figured that each piece could be worth more than a point (so that you could differentiate teams by score easier). Let's say that part of the structure is a baby block. There are several things that can be right or wrong about it. It could be totally missing (so you get no points). Or it could be part of the build. If it IS part of the build then it can be correctly oriented (the little sailboat picture is facing the builder and the sail's top points left) or not. It can be stacked correctly (the green block can be on top of the baby block or underneath it - one is right...). It can touch the red ball or not. It can be 2 cm from the edge of the base/tray or not. So, I could see the following rubric section (each with a point or two as the judges determine beforehand) regarding JUST the baby block:

1) Is it present?
2) Is it on top of the green block?
3) If on the green block, is the left edge of the baby block 2 mm to the right of the left edge of the green block?
3) Is it the right distance from the edge of the tray?
4) Does the sailboat face the builder?
5) Does the sailboat's mast point left?
6) Does the block's right edge touch the red ball right on the end of the middle line of the E?


Maybe I'm daft, but having coached this for half a decade now, I can see how you can have 100 potential points on a 15 item build. There is presence, location, relationships, orientations. distances, angles, and even sometimes the right piece (maybe the writer sees a dark yellow block but the builders' kits have two almost identical blocks, one being dark yellow and one a very pale yellow - more credit is given if the builder used the right one, which could happen by luck or could happen because the pair practiced enough to know to call the dark yellow "dark yellow" or similarly there might be a regular paper clip and a jumbo one to pick from in the builders' kits and a practiced writer should know what a default paper clip looks like).

Am I missing something obvious here? Am I over-coaching this?
That makes sense.
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