Write It/Build It

Q:This is a follow-up response to a response I received when I asked about the use of parentheses, colons, and commas in the written portion. I got a response that punctuation is OK as long as it is used as intended. To further clarify, are the use of graphing coordinates (along with acronyms and equal sign/colon), considered “use as intended?” For example: “EL = (-7, -9)” – thank you for addressing this further.

A: Please read the event description, under the Practice and Preparation section, fourth paragraph. It states, “Develop a system to identify where each item is located….” A coordinate system is mentioned.  The symbols listed in this question fall under normal use.

Write It/Build It

Q: We are teaching the kids some ways of plotting out locations on the paper – for the writers, it is OK for them to use acronyms like (RUQ for Right Upper Quadrant)? Is it ok to use numerically bulleted directions that wouldn’t necessarily make sense to anyone outside of our group (for example we have an order of listing each object that gives it’s location on the paper using commas, parentheses, numbers and letters that we have developed – can they use that?). Or do they need to be in complete sentences? or are commas and parentheses considered symbols if they aren’t used in a complete sentence?

Answer:

– Acronyms are ok.
– Punctuation is OK if it is used as intended.
– No pictures made from symbols.

Write It/Build It

Question:

I want to know if the kids are allowed to write the object’s name on the paper according to the position of it, but not according to the lines on the paper.

Answer:

No, they cannot diagram in any way the layout. They can come up with a system, like clock coordinates, to describe with words where the object is placed.

Write It/Build It

Comment: For Write It Build It, how many pencils are given to the writers? I saw in the description that they get unlimited paper, but it was unclear about the pencils. Thank you.
Answer: They can each have a pencil and extras will be provided.