JustDroobles wrote:Those ideas might be better incorporated if the event was designed so that competitors had to complete an experiment before competition. At competition the teams could turn in a lab report and take a test on experimental design and famous experiments. A huge problem with this set-up would be possible dishonesty with the actual completion of an experiment. However, higher scores would still be given to team that understand important concepts of experimental design and incorporate them into their report. Perhaps it would even be allowable to write-up a fictional experiment for the purposes of this event. Otherwise, an interview (similar to Sounds of Music) could be conducted to make sure the students were involved in and understood their experiment, or some sort of presentation with pictures or video could be turned in.
Yeah, I was also considering this kind of setup. Having to do an experiment beforehand and present it at the competition would have some advantages in terms of creativity/student input/freedom, but would present major logistical issues in scoring and so on. I suppose the rules would have to include some guidelines of what your experiment would have to contain... This would be an improvement over the current setup, but I'm not sure it's ideal.
Not to mention the fact that people might view the presentation as more of a public speaking type event than a pure science one.
I suppose if a turned-in lab report included pictures of the students performing the experiment, then that would at least reduce the chance for dishonesty, but would still be very difficult to grade. When you consider how long it takes to do in the current format, which is fairly brief and very structured, and then consider how much longer it would take with a formal lab report, which is likely to be much longer, and much more detailed and involved, it becomes a logistical nightmare.
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