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Write It Do It B/C

Posted: August 4th, 2018, 11:33 pm
by Adi1008
Write It Do It B/C: One student will write a description of an object and how to build it, and then the other student will attempt to construct the object from this description.

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Write it Do it Prep Packet?

Posted: November 3rd, 2018, 8:45 am
by TeecsCoach
Can someone share the link for the WiDi prep packet? I remember seeing it somewhere. It had bunch of prep questions about different elements of the event?

Thank you

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: December 7th, 2018, 5:07 pm
by natmath
I had a question about the rules
In the rules it states that you can’t make a diagram of the object or a sub diagram of the object
Is it disallowed if I make a diagram of something completely unrelated to the diagram, like a compass or a unit circle, or a coordinate system?

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: December 7th, 2018, 5:46 pm
by amk578
natmath wrote:I had a question about the rules
In the rules it states that you can’t make a diagram of the object or a sub diagram of the object
Is it disallowed if I make a diagram of something completely unrelated to the diagram, like a compass or a unit circle, or a coordinate system?


This is not allowed. Event supervisors would see any drawing as a diagram/means of cheating and subsequently cause you to be placed in Tier 2 (at best), or even get you disqualified.

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: December 27th, 2018, 7:55 am
by terence.tan
would underlining or circling words be allowed

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: December 27th, 2018, 12:03 pm
by Anomaly
terence.tan wrote:would underlining or circling words be allowed

I would think not, it might count for a drawing of some sort.

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: January 6th, 2019, 2:08 pm
by UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F
Anomaly wrote:
terence.tan wrote:would underlining or circling words be allowed

I would think not, it might count for a drawing of some sort.

The rules say that "Editing, puncutation, or scientific symbols . . . are allowed". I think underlining/circling would be included in editing? All-caps should be sufficient to emphasize words though.

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: January 6th, 2019, 3:39 pm
by Anomaly
UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
Anomaly wrote:
terence.tan wrote:would underlining or circling words be allowed

I would think not, it might count for a drawing of some sort.

The rules say that "Editing, puncutation, or scientific symbols . . . are allowed". I think underlining/circling would be included in editing? All-caps should be sufficient to emphasize words though.

a circle could count as a drawing though...

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: January 10th, 2019, 2:55 pm
by dxu46
How do you get good at writing quickly?

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: January 28th, 2019, 3:31 pm
by raytay
one word: practice

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: February 1st, 2019, 6:59 pm
by mdv2o5
dxu46 wrote:How do you get good at writing quickly?

From my experience, the key to doing well is not to get good at writing more or writing faster but rather to increase the information density of your writing. The rules allow for abbreviations which should dramatically speed up the writing process. My partner and I also spent a few hours discussing how we would describe some common objects such as Legos and office supplies so that when they showed up at competition, we were already viewing the instructions from the same reference point. In addition, agreeing on the meaning of direction words such as top/bottom, north/south, 1o'clock, front/back, etc. beforehand will go a long way. For common construction kits like K'nex and Legos, it's worthwhile to just come up with a standard notation.

But with regards to your question, you could also try removing any superfluous words used in ordinary grammar like articles and some verbs if you're really looking to write as fast as possible.

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: March 21st, 2019, 3:36 pm
by jgrischow1
So let's say in a temporary lapse of brilliance my writer drew a good luck smiley face to my doer in their instructions. No drawings or diagrams of the object, mind you. What's the appropriate penalty? I don't see a lot of guidance in the rules except for "4. SCORING:
a. The team that builds the object nearest to the original and has a written description with no drawings or diagrams will be declared the winner."

Re: Write It Do It B/C

Posted: March 21st, 2019, 3:39 pm
by dxu46
jgrischow1 wrote:So let's say in a temporary lapse of brilliance my writer drew a good luck smiley face to my doer in their instructions. No drawings or diagrams of the object, mind you. What's the appropriate penalty? I don't see a lot of guidance in the rules except for "4. SCORING:
a. The team that builds the object nearest to the original and has a written description with no drawings or diagrams will be declared the winner."

I'd say it's just the ES's opinion. If there was a chance it could be used to violate the spirit of the competition, like if it was written above a line telling the doer to build something in a shape, then it'd be against the rules but it sounds fairly benign. At regionals one team asked the proctor if something was legal. That's an option, too.