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Oral Presentation

Professional Level Only

Oral Presentation Schedule for Challenge Day: Saturday, February 16, 2008:
9:30 Pathfinders
10:00 NXT P.D.
10:30 WHW - NXT
11:00 Lego X-Plosion
11:30 WHW - RCX
1:00 Royal's to the Rescue
1:30 Northfield Gearheads
2:00 Flamin' Cardinals

Trial Day Workshop on Presentations- Don Malzahn, chief oral presentation judge for several years of the competition, presented help on "Winning Presentations." His presentation will be on Feb. 2, 2008at 11:30AM. A copy of his previous (2006) presentation is here MINDSTORMS Presentation.

The purpose of the presentation is to allow teams to demonstrate orally what they have learned from their experiences with LEGO MINDSTORMS. Teams are to identify and explain problem solving techniques used to solve a problem of their choice. The presentation could be about how the team designed their robot for a particular LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge, how they learned to program their robot, what strategy they used to build and re-build for each challenge ( i.e. did they use a common robot base), or any other problem they have approached using LEGO MINDSTORMS robots. Presentations are encouraged to be technical in nature. The Presentation is an opportunity for your team to demonstrate to a panel of judges the process your team went through in preparation for the missions. Table Display/Notebook may also be used during the Oral Presentation.

Presentations will take place in a small classroom. The only audience members will be the three judges, and three allowed observers per team. Each team will have 3 minutes to setup, 4-6 minutes for an oral presentation, 5 minutes for a question and answer period and 3 minutes to clean up. A minimum of two students shall actively participate in the presentation but all team members should be present at the presentation. All team members should be prepared to answer questions during the question and answer period.

Coaches/mentors are not allowed to participate in the presentation but may attend as observers. Two additional observers in addition to the coach/mentor for a total of three observers may be present. If observers wish to record the team presentation please make sure that all equipment is set up and ready during the team's 3 minute setup period and is removed during the team's 3 minute clean up period. *We limit the number of observers so that the students are speaking in front of a small group and feel more comfortable.

An overhead projector, computer (data) projector, screen, and table will be provided. Computers, power cords, power strips, and any other materials necessary for the presentation are the responsibility of the presenters. Presentation times will be assigned and scheduled throughout the day for each team. You will receive your time slot in your Challenge day packet on Challenge day. The judging panel will consist of three professional engineers or WSU College of Engineering faculty. If preparing individual handouts for the presentation please make 3 copies; one for each judge.

Presentation Award (1 Award): One award for the Professional level team earning the highest number of points on the Presentation Challenge.

Note: Points from Presentations apply toward the overall MINDSTORMS Awards in the Professional Level.

NOTE: Trial Day Opportunity
February 2nd, 2008 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
How to Improve Your MINDSTORMS Challenge Oral Presentation
Presented by: Don Malzahn, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Wichita State (and chief judge the last three years)
Don has judged previous LEGO MINDSTORMS oral presentations and will present some ideas on how to maximize the effectiveness of the 4-6 minute oral presentation and 5 minute question and answer period. This presentation is open to all registered teams. This session will take place in Room 207 of the Heskett Center.

Scoring Rubric: 1000 points possible









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Definition of Problem and Strategy- Students define the problem they are presenting and clearly outline the steps they took to solve the problem. Technical details and information the team learned in the problem solving process are included.

Knowledge - Students demonstrate thorough knowledge and answer all questions with clear explanations. It is clear that the knowledge is shared among team members - although not all team members necessarily are skilled in all areas. If a student is asked a direct question that is not their area of expertise they can easily hand off the question to the team member(s) who can answer that topic.

Organization - Students present information in a logical, interesting sequence which the audience can follow. It is clear that the team prepared and practiced for the presentation.

Visuals- Communication aids are clear and useful, explaining and reinforcing speaking points. Visuals are clearly labeled and captioned.

Eye Contact and Delivery- Students maintain good eye contact with the audience during presentation and questions. Students speak clearly with confidence and correct pronunciation so the audience can easily understand them.