Read It/Build It: Foundation Paper; “Top” of the paper; “Build Space” definition.

Q: Please define “foundation paper”? Is it going to be different then the one on which the picture is supposed to be constructed?

A: The foundation paper is the surface upon which the teams will construct their picture.


Q: You have answered about writing “TOP” at the top of the paper but there is still ambiguity. If there is only one paper, how is TOP defined, especially if the instructions say to fold that paper?

A: Before the build phase begins, teams will be told whether the build surface (foundation paper) should be in the landscape or portrait orientation. From there the teams will identify the top of the build surface. The build surface (foundation paper) will not be folded.


Q: It is mentioned “Teams are responsible for writing the NAME of the SCHOOL VISIBLY on the build space. Please clearly define “build space”, is it the paper on which the picture is to be constructed?

A: Build Space is the space where the teams will construct their picture. It has been referred to as Foundation Paper, Build Surface. We apologize for any confusion as this is the first year for Read It; Build It, we have not yet solidified our terms. When the teams arrive, the competition space will be set and the build space will be clearly indicated. We thank you for your questions and patience.

Read It, Build It: Identifying “top”.

*This blog post was sent previously with the incorrect event name referenced. Please note this question applies to the event READ IT, BUILD IT.

Q1: If the instructions state to fold the paper in half, does the team write “TOP” at the top of the paper, and the name of their school, prior to folding the paper? If so, “TOP” and the name of their school would no longer be visible, correct?

A1: There is a foundation sheet of paper upon which the “picture” will be built. This is the only paper that will require writing.

Q2: Are the instructions to write “TOP” and the name of their school included in the instructions or should the team just know to do that?

A2: Per the event description, any teams not identified will not receive a score. We strongly encourage coaches to instruct their teams to be sure their school name and the top of the paper is clearly identified. However, on the day of the event there will be a verbal reminder before the competition begins.

Read It/Build It: Angles for 2nd and 3rd Grade

Q: Will 2nd grade students need to know angle degrees? As in “bend stick into a 90 degree angle”?

A:  Both 2nd and 3rd grade students should be familiar with 45, 90,180 and 360 degree angles.


Q: How will the vocabulary word “segment” be used? Is it a noun or a verb? Is it used more like “take one segment of the straw…” or “segment the stick into two equal halves”?
A: We will be using “segment” as a noun to reflect their math learning. For example the instruction:  “Divide the straw into 3 equal segments.”

Read It, Build It: Where is north?

Q: The sample vocabulary list includes cardinal directions (N,S,E,W). Will the students be expected to know which way is truely north, etc. in the testing room? Or if cardinal directions are needed, will they be told a reference direction, such as “the top of the paper is north”?

A: We encourage all coaches to instruct their teams that “north” is the top of the paper.  We will not be asking students to determine true north and it is not relevant to successfully completing the picture.