A – Elementary
NC Essential Standards Alignment:
Science as Inquiry, Writing Standards from ELA Common Core
Event Score Sheet:
This is a 2 part event. In the first part, one team member will view a constructed object (k’nex, legos, tinker toys, pipe cleaners, styrofoam bowls, magnets, beads, etc) and write a description of how to build it without using any pictures, diagrams, or symbols. The written description will then be given to their teammate who has not seen the object. Given a corresponding set of materials, the team member will then attempt to rebuild the object from the written description.
Team members MUST bring a writing instrument.
Event Leaders will provide paper to write on, the object, and corresponding sets of materials.
High Score wins. Points are earned for correct connections, placement, color, etc. Ties will be broken by shortest construction phase.
Remember that finishing the writing early does not help your score, so use every second of your time to add in extra tips and descriptions.
Give an overview at the end or the beginning of the directions about what the overall structure looks like, it helps to orient your partner and give them a frame of reference to build from.
Finishing the build early is used as a tiebreaker, so if you are sure that you are done, raise your hand for the event leader to write down your finish time.
A collection of images and videos developed as an additional resource.
The describers- observing the model and working on their descriptions
The builders- reading their partner’s descriptions and trying to recreate the model