Write It Do It B/C

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby diamond12 » April 17th, 2015, 4:42 pm

What are the WIDI rules in the following situation:

If there is a figure that has the shape of a letter - for eg an 'X", will the team be tiered if the writer says 'The figure looks like an 'X' '? The reason I ask is, would it be considered drawing the picture of the object?

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » April 17th, 2015, 4:45 pm

diamond12 wrote:What are the WIDI rules in the following situation:

If there is a figure that has the shape of a letter - for eg an 'X", will the team be tiered if the writer says 'The figure looks like an 'X' '? The reason I ask is, would it be considered drawing the picture of the object?

Judging from the rules, I'd say that you should say X-shaped piece, and then every time after call it an X (or cross). Then again, I don't do this event. :D

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby theoriginalweevil » April 22nd, 2015, 9:40 pm

UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
diamond12 wrote:What are the WIDI rules in the following situation:

If there is a figure that has the shape of a letter - for eg an 'X", will the team be tiered if the writer says 'The figure looks like an 'X' '? The reason I ask is, would it be considered drawing the picture of the object?

Judging from the rules, I'd say that you should say X-shaped piece, and then every time after call it an X (or cross). Then again, I don't do this event. :D


Well, the X is on the standard keyboard, as a letter. To make it clear that you are using the letter and not a diagram, put it in the quotes? Say..

The two lines cross in the shape of an "X"

Or, if you want to play it really safe, do just as UTF says, just call it a cross. Though if the X is the same size as the rest of the words, it should count as text, not a diagram.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby InfiniCuber » April 23rd, 2015, 9:35 am

theoriginalweevil wrote:
UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
diamond12 wrote:What are the WIDI rules in the following situation:

If there is a figure that has the shape of a letter - for eg an 'X", will the team be tiered if the writer says 'The figure looks like an 'X' '? The reason I ask is, would it be considered drawing the picture of the object?

Judging from the rules, I'd say that you should say X-shaped piece, and then every time after call it an X (or cross). Then again, I don't do this event. :D


Well, the X is on the standard keyboard, as a letter. To make it clear that you are using the letter and not a diagram, put it in the quotes? Say..

The two lines cross in the shape of an "X"

Or, if you want to play it really safe, do just as UTF says, just call it a cross. Though if the X is the same size as the rest of the words, it should count as text, not a diagram.

From my personal experience, I have always said "it looks like an X " and never been tiered both at state and nationals. But it is always good to play it safe if you're unsure!
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby deoxyribonucleicacid » April 28th, 2015, 4:25 pm

So when preparing for nationals, how many pieces should my partner and I practice with so we can be ready? I heard last year, it was almost 100 pieces.

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby samlan16 » April 29th, 2015, 2:03 pm

deoxyribonucleicacid wrote:So when preparing for nationals, how many pieces should my partner and I practice with so we can be ready? I heard last year, it was almost 100 pieces.

I wouldn't go by pieces alone but also complexity. When I did WIDI at nationals in B Division, we had a pile of ~10 pieces of trash. What made it hard was describing folds, location, and crinkles because writers are conditioned to describing a clockwork system of K'nex or Legos, not abstract things like two coffee lids leaning against each other at different angles.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby bernard » April 29th, 2015, 2:17 pm

samlan16 wrote:
deoxyribonucleicacid wrote:So when preparing for nationals, how many pieces should my partner and I practice with so we can be ready? I heard last year, it was almost 100 pieces.

I wouldn't go by pieces alone but also complexity. When I did WIDI at nationals in B Division, we had a pile of ~10 pieces of trash. What made it hard was describing folds, location, and crinkles because writers are conditioned to describing a clockwork system of K'nex or Legos, not abstract things like two coffee lids leaning against each other at different angles.

I suppose you could consider the folds/locations/crinkles as "pieces" since each might be a separate item on the rubric.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby samlan16 » April 29th, 2015, 2:19 pm

bernard wrote:
samlan16 wrote:
deoxyribonucleicacid wrote:So when preparing for nationals, how many pieces should my partner and I practice with so we can be ready? I heard last year, it was almost 100 pieces.

I wouldn't go by pieces alone but also complexity. When I did WIDI at nationals in B Division, we had a pile of ~10 pieces of trash. What made it hard was describing folds, location, and crinkles because writers are conditioned to describing a clockwork system of K'nex or Legos, not abstract things like two coffee lids leaning against each other at different angles.

I suppose you could consider the folds/locations/crinkles as "pieces" since each might be a separate item on the rubric.

You could, but the point is that you should expect to have extensive descriptions of each object rather than thoughtlessly slapping together 100 Lincoln Logs.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby aditi » May 2nd, 2015, 3:08 pm

Trash has got to be confusing :o

Any other weird models at Nats in previous years?
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby Strawberri19 » May 7th, 2015, 8:45 am

Hey just wondering: as a writer, can I scratch out unwanted paragraphs? Can I cross out words? Or will that be counted as code?

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby bernard » May 7th, 2015, 8:54 am

Strawberri19 wrote:Hey just wondering: as a writer, can I scratch out unwanted paragraphs? Can I cross out words? Or will that be counted as code?

Yes, you can cross out words or entire paragraphs. See the FAQs for Write It Do It.
Are underlines allowed to put emphasis on a word or phrase? (section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 6)
No, underlining is not something that can be done on a PC standard 101 key keyboard by pressing a single key or a single key in combination with the shift key.
While writing can words be crossed off or erased if a mistake is made? (section: Compet / paragraph: 1 / sub-paragraph: b / line: 1)
Yes, strikethroughs may be used to identify text that is not part of the completed instructions. Even though technically not acceptable since it cannot be made on a standard typewriter, students are not expected to perfectly write instructions and if mistakes are made, strikethroughs would identify that the text is NOT part of the written instructions ...therefore wouldn't be docked in scoring.
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