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.