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The process of creating the boards dramatically helps the kids get
organized.  It gives them a visual representation of each of the areas,
like an outline.  So, they are a really useful tool for leading up to the
tournament.  My kids specifically spent one hour on each plus a few tweaks.

Last year was the first year they were "recommended" but we have used them
for the project for five years.  They are a great tool during the project
judging session

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM, Jessica Chittum <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I am a total newbie coach here!  Our 10 kids are really working very hard
> to learn NXT programing, figure out these missions, complete the build for
> the attachments and complete a project.  I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by
> adding 3 additional tasks of completing project boards for the project,
> robot and core values.  Are these project boards absolutely crucial or are
> they optional for teams to show their work?  Thanks very much for your help
> with this.
>
> Jessica
>
> On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 8:07 PM, Amy Nichols <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Faith,
>>
>> When our kids got ready to create their presentation this year, I gave
>> them a list of things that needed to go in it...which I took from the
>> rubrics.  So they do cover everything in the rubrics but it's in the form
>> of a skit. The list I gave them looked something like:
>>
>> *Clearly say what your problem is
>> *Talk about your sources
>> *Talk about your research and what you learned
>> *Explain your solution clearly
>> *Tell how your solution makes learning _____ better for kids.
>> *How much will your project cost?
>> *More imagination the better
>>
>> So because they only have 5 minutes, some of these things are covered
>> pretty briefly in their skit, but the judges will ask questions and let
>> them expand on it during the question and answer.
>>
>> And I agree with Brandy...our kids used their boards to remember the
>> points they want to make sure to talk about.  Really, the judges can't look
>> at everything on the board in the time they have (other than when they're
>> walking around), so it's more a tool for your kids, I think.  We did make a
>> board for each of the judging sessions, but they only ended up using two of
>> them.  Having them was very helpful.
>>
>> Good luck,
>> Amy Nichols
>>
>>
>>   On Monday, October 20, 2014 9:55 AM, B Bergenstock <
>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>
>> The research often comes in the form of a skit. I have seen projects from
>> World research winners that looked like board presentation, with the kids
>> in a line each speaking about their idea and a backboard for more info.
>>  The most important thing, no matter what format they use, is that they
>> be able to get out of all the information they wish to share in the time
>> allotment- 5 minutes.  I coached a team one year and all the info and
>> solution was at the end of the presentation, but because the kids went
>> long, or very lowly in one case, they spent all their time on presenting
>> the issue and never got to their solution. It wasn't a great plan and while
>> I had stressed to them about time and we had done the skit many times, I
>> now just tell the teams, "Nope, you can't back load your solution."
>>
>> The function of the presentation board can be varied. It often serves to
>> make sure kids hit important markers that they carefully thought about in
>> group, but might forget in their nervousness during or after the
>> presentation. It also serves to tell teams in the pit area what your team
>> did for their presentation; Sharing ideas and allowing other adults to ask
>> question and celebrate their work.  I have seen several very successful
>> boards that have 1 flap dedicated to each of the area of judging; robot
>> design, presentation and core values. The teams will bring the board into
>> each judging room and use it as a prop, sometimes talking about it,
>> sometimes not- but always having it there as a backup :)
>> To me, the main purpose of the boards is to help the kids and act as
>> review of the process when they need it.  Using that as your guide will
>> help decide what goes on the board.
>> Good luck,
>> Brandy
>>
>> On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Faith Mcgarrity <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Looking for some tips on the Project and presentation. Is the skit
>> supposed to be informational designed to hit all the elements in the
>> rubric? Like a school presentation. Or should it be a story type of skit
>> showing our solution?  If the latter will the team have opportunity to fill
>> in the rest of the elements ( ie the sharing or implementation) after the
>> skit?
>>
>> And what is the function of the presentation board?  To document the
>> solution?  Or can it incorporate core values experiences and/or robot game
>> progress?
>>
>> Thanks for your thoughts!
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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