Do you know how to improve events that are seemingly weaker throughout a team? If nobody knows how to do a particular event really well, what are things you can do to improve them(assuming that you are not doing them)?
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- Find resources and stuff and send it to them
- Ask the science/tech ed teacher if they can do things with them
- Give them an emotional support potato
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1. You've got to want it.
2. You've got to work for it.
3. You can't give up when you get frustrated.
Bonus: if you have someone that is passionate about a certain subject, it helps to assign them events around it.
Now if you've satisfied all of the above, my suggestions include performing a lot of research, going over college level textbooks around the material for the event, experimenting with different designs if it is a building event (if bridge building is still a thing, when I did that I built one once a week or sometimes twice and tested each one out until I found a design that I could take to competition), talking with professors at a local community college or university about questions you may have, etc.
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It all depends on goals though. For us, the goal is to qualify for states, so after regionals, there is little value in pressuring students to prep for events that they just don’t enjoy as much. There’s little difference in placing 20th or 30th at a tournament, but the extra time invested into a favorite event for a shot at a medal can pay off for a student in the long run.
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I think that building and motivating a team effort is probably more important, especially if the weaker events are events that you're not doing. This is a team competition!megrimlockawesom wrote:just study more LUL
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