Based on my experience coaching teams for 4 seasons, skit format worked the best. Our team used similar concepts but played live (reports, doctors checking on patient, news anchors, etc.) A video can be used to enhance as Todd has already highlighted below, for example, if you interviewed someone else or captured what happens outside (e.g. you went to see how things work in real word which best shown in a 30 second clip than enacting). It is very important to practice 5 minute practice, time it again, and cut down unnecessary details that does not help with your core idea or solution.
Usually the judges sit about 10 feed away from the kids performing so take that into consideration. Playing a video even if short clip on a laptop may not achieve the desired purpose. As Todd said, you could have video version (i.e. just record your live presentation practiced) so that you can play at your station in the pit area. Judges do walk around and it might help them to understand your team's project so why not. Another option is to show their creativity is to have the video created and shared via a website within your community, friends and family. This achieves the purpose of allowing their creativity as well as promoting their idea and solution as well. In case you want to share the idea and if you believe it is worth protecting the idea and consider patenting (provisional) it with USPTO.
If you must have some clips played then consider taking a portable projector and screen but be ready to anticipate the technical glitches (projector won't come up, video won't play, audio is not working, no place to connect the power supply, etc.) Team should be able to quickly realize, recover and make it up as they go. This is the most important thing in the project presentation i.e. not to panic and keep going.
Another things is to do mock judging by the coaches and parents so kids are prepared to face the judges and also anticipate the questions. Last but not least, refer to the judging rubrics to understand what the judges look for and aim to be in the first right side of the rubrics!
Hope this helps. All the best and cheers!
I am so glad to have this group to help one another as we prepare for the tournaments.My question is about the project presentation. As we were reviewing the rules yesterday, we realized it says live presentations.My groups as some members really interested and capable of video editing. They were hoping to make their presentation in the form of a news cast. This idea came about because the room we use for practice has a green screen. All our team members have a part and have even begun writing their scripts as news anchors, reporters and those being interviewed.Do you think doing it as a video and bringing a laptop to show the presentation is ok? All the members will be there and ready to answer questions. Is there a way to use this concept and wrap it somehow in a live presentation? What do ya'll think?I just want to encourage their creativity and interest in learning how to create and edit videos as part of this process.Thanks everyone!!!
Blessings,Dawn ComptonPastorMount Hermon UMC171 Mount Hermon RoadLynch Station VA 24571
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