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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby jazzy009 » September 12th, 2009, 5:53 am

New for this year: we can write single letters. Does anyone thing that will help for anything? I suppose you could use it as a numbering system but I always use...well numbers.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby IZhou186 » September 13th, 2009, 10:19 pm

how do you practice for write it do it?

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby Arthur » September 16th, 2009, 2:58 pm

jazzy009 wrote:New for this year: we can write single letters. Does anyone thing that will help for anything? I suppose you could use it as a numbering system but I always use...well numbers.


what does it mean when it says single letters?

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Postby EastStroudsburg13 » September 16th, 2009, 3:13 pm

Probably that you can write letters without attaching them to anything else, like R and L for right and left, stuff like that. It could potentially be helpful in saving time, I guess.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby sweetcoop » September 16th, 2009, 3:31 pm

IZhou186 wrote:how do you practice for write it do it?



To pratice you get enough materials of for your state probably legos, or K'nex something like that(every state uses something different with what i have heard, for example Colorado is a Bass ackwards state cause we use crafting materials and random stuff) so your coach can build two exact modles. than you use one have the writer write for it that take it apart that have the builder build. Than you look at the other modle and see how close you were.

Other ways to pratice are verbally but that is not how competition is. This will help you understand what you partner means when he writes something down. What you do is have the two modles again but this time you have one that is taken apart than your partner has one that he won't touch. than you sit with your backs to eachother than your partner tries to explain how to build the modle to you.

Also for the person that asked about the single letter. What you are allowed to use is any character that you can type using the shift key and one other key on the standard 101 Keyboard. so !@#$%^&*()_+can all be used but ☺☻♥♦♣♠•◘○ which were made with the alt key and the numpad are not allowed. so yes a single letter is allowed. Single letters will be helpful for shorthand and can save you time while writing. Hope i helped.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby physicsphan » September 16th, 2009, 5:01 pm

EASTstroudsburg13 wrote:Probably that you can write letters without attaching them to anything else, like R and L for right and left, stuff like that. It could potentially be helpful in saving time, I guess.


The addition was added more for clarify that writing "...in the shape of an L" was okay.

While you can abbreviate the word "right" with R, do not forget that you need to define it at some point.

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby IZhou186 » September 16th, 2009, 5:56 pm

Oh, I see how to practice now.

Thanks sweetcoop!

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby jazzy009 » September 17th, 2009, 2:28 pm

physicsphan wrote:The addition was added more for clarify that writing "...in the shape of an L" was okay.


Does that really clarify it? While it says we can use single letters, I believe it doesn't say we can use them as a symbol for what the object looks like. I think the only thing this changes is people can now "letter" their steps (I choose to number...).

If someone has the answer, post it please.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby sweetcoop » September 19th, 2009, 4:01 pm

jazzy009 wrote:
physicsphan wrote:The addition was added more for clarify that writing "...in the shape of an L" was okay.


Does that really clarify it? While it says we can use single letters, I believe it doesn't say we can use them as a symbol for what the object looks like. I think the only thing this changes is people can now "letter" their steps (I choose to number...).

If someone has the answer, post it please.


You can use a single letter to describe the shape if the object is in the shape of the letter. you CANNOT draw the general shape of the object as stated and the rules and you also CANNOT indent your writing so that the paragraph is in the shape of the object. I have not done this but people from the team my Middle School sci O coach use to coach had people do that. than again that was also in Colorado but still don't tempt the judges. Single letters also can save time, like using 'u' for 'you', 'c' for 'see' just simple shorthand
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby Phenylethylamine » September 29th, 2009, 5:27 pm

I haven't actually read the rules for this year, but it doesn't seem that anything has really changed besides the wording. There was never any rule against single letters, although again, if they were short for something they had to be defined either at the beginning or at the first usage. I'd guess that they put it in to specify that describing the shape of the structure with a letter it resembled is acceptable, which had been in question before. However, it's not really a change to the rules as such.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby xxwintercandyxx » October 18th, 2009, 1:42 pm

Phenylethylamine wrote:I haven't actually read the rules for this year, but it doesn't seem that anything has really changed besides the wording.
There was never any rule against single letters, although again, if they were short for something they had to be defined either at the beginning or at the first usage.
I'd guess that they put it in to specify that describing the shape of the structure with a letter it resembled is acceptable, which had been in question before. However, it's not really a change to the rules as such.



so does that mean that single letters dont have to be defined this year?
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby Phenylethylamine » October 18th, 2009, 2:19 pm

xxwintercandyxx wrote:
Phenylethylamine wrote:I haven't actually read the rules for this year, but it doesn't seem that anything has really changed besides the wording.
There was never any rule against single letters, although again, if they were short for something they had to be defined either at the beginning or at the first usage.
I'd guess that they put it in to specify that describing the shape of the structure with a letter it resembled is acceptable, which had been in question before. However, it's not really a change to the rules as such.



so does that mean that single letters dont have to be defined this year?

Single letters, if they are used as an abbreviation, DO have to be defined just like any other abbreviation.

The only thing this 'new' rule applies to, I believe, is saying that the structure looks like a certain letter. You've always been able to letter your steps, or assign letters to the pieces (as long as you specified which was which, obviously), should you so choose. I'm not entirely sure why they decided to add this to the rules, after 25 years of not needing to specify... As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't change anything except possibly the way that a few picky judges interpret the rules.
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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby Flavorflav » October 19th, 2009, 7:12 am

sweetcoop wrote:
jazzy009 wrote:
physicsphan wrote:The addition was added more for clarify that writing "...in the shape of an L" was okay.


Does that really clarify it? While it says we can use single letters, I believe it doesn't say we can use them as a symbol for what the object looks like. I think the only thing this changes is people can now "letter" their steps (I choose to number...).

If someone has the answer, post it please.


You can use a single letter to describe the shape if the object is in the shape of the letter. you CANNOT draw the general shape of the object as stated and the rules and you also CANNOT indent your writing so that the paragraph is in the shape of the object. I have not done this but people from the team my Middle School sci O coach use to coach had people do that. than again that was also in Colorado but still don't tempt the judges. Single letters also can save time, like using 'u' for 'you', 'c' for 'see' just simple shorthand

I would be very careful about that. U is a word that means shaped like the letter "u," and it was always legal to use words; however, some judges didn't seem to realize that this usage was legitimate and that, I believe, is why they put it in the rules. On the other hand, "u" does not in accepted usage mean "you," and therefore could easily be interpreted as an illegal code.

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Re: Write It Do It B/C

Postby lyoung » November 10th, 2009, 4:47 pm

Are you allowed to give related pieces a section name. So if the blue lego is attached to the white lego could you say that is section A and later on say attach section A to the green lego?


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