evalforum Feedback to Teams Middles

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    ChristineS
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    I’ve finished my middle booklets and, quite truthfully I was somewhat underwhelmed by nearly all of them. Only one team showed any creativity and futuristic thinking in their solutions – unfortunately most off their solutions missed the mark when it came to solving their UP, but it was good to see them thinking beyond what’s around today.

    The UPs were pretty generic, and a couple of the teams went back after writing their UP to solve all their individual challenges from Step 1. As this is probably the most important step of the whole booklet/process, it would make sense for teams to have a better idea of how to write a strong, well-focused UP as this will help thm generate stong, well-focused solutions, criteria, ALoU and PoA in the next problem.

    Some teams had done some research, but then didn’t apply it all that well. One completely contradicted science by having Mars brought closer to Earth (on a trailer, no less!). Reading too much into the FS, or presuming things that weren’t mentioned anywhere in it, was another failing. There were a couple of teams whose explanations in their solutions ran out of space (i.e. exceeded the 750 character limit) – working on the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Sweetie) is something they need to practice, and keep the fine details until they hit their PoA in the next problem.

    Sorry I sound so negative – I can’t retrieve my evaluations to find out their scores so that I can rank the booklets and submit them to Julie, so I’m feeling somewhat frustrated!!

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    RobynB
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    Did you find your evaluations? The scoresheets are on your computer and only become part of the system when you upload them. We have upped the limit to 900 characters – against my better judgement but that is what people have asked for. I will make it clear in the newsletter that if they write that much they are writing too much! We tool the 750 limit from some exemplary booklets that made it to second round. Almost all of them had solutions under 700 characters, the most was 750. We don’t want to give them less than they can fit on the scanned booklets because it’s much better if they do the type-in booklets. The scanned booklets take quite a bit of bandwidth, the typed ones hardly any.

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    ChristineS
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    Thanks – now where do I find them to upload them?? You are talking to the computer semi-literate here!! I feel that 900 characters is too many – it just gives the waffling teams the excuse to waffle more. They need to learn to be succinct in their solutions – all we need to know is WHO will do WHAT and HOW/WHY this will solve both the KVP and purpose! A number of teams seemed to think that the 30 colonists would just go straight onto the Hermes 1 without prior meetings and training and that they wouldn’t be able to communicate…<<sigh>>

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    BenN
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    Mixed bag of teams. Some very strong who appeared to be well seasoned in FPS (I suspect they had competed as Juniors). Others starting to get the ropes and one team that looked like they were participating reluctantly.

    General feedback is for all teams to work on improving their clarity. Eg, what is the challenge, why is it a challenge and relate it to the future scene. Same goes for their UPs and solutions (who, what, where, why, how, when). Keep the ideas succinct and don’t go over the top when articulating the consequences!

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