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    Answers to questions posted pertaining to the Engineering Notebook.

  • #2
    7.3.3 Engineering Notebook Formats

    Originally posted by FTC9835
    Hi,

    We have attended several trainings where we were told to do either digital or handwritten notebooks. We wanted to know if there is more weight given to one or the other? And what is the consideration for a notebook that has both handwritten and digital?

    Thanks in advance!

    RoboChicks Team # 9835


    Answer: As outlined in the Engineering Notebook Guidelines (as well as in Game Manual part 1), "There is no distinction made between handwritten and electronic Engineering Notebooks during judging; each format is
    equally acceptable." I think your second question is asking if it is okay to have text and similar aspects of your engineering notebook that are done online, then printed, and inserted into your notebook. Yes, this is okay. At your event, the team needs to have a consolidated notebook that has the required sections present (see page 10 of Guidelines). In all cases, the digital or online aspects need to be printed out and included directly in the notebook that is presented to the judges. Depending on how the handwritten notebook is done, it may be difficult to insert the content that is done digitally in an order that makes sense.

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    • #3
      Summary Page Clarification

      Our team is looking for clarification on requirements for the summary page. The summary page is supposed to have important pages for the judges to consider on it. The game manual states that we should tab 6-8 pages of the Engineering Section to support the summary page. Our question is if we can include other pages on the summary page as long as we don't tab them. For example, if we want to include a major outreach event can we still list it under important pages as long as we don't tab it? The entry wouldn't be in the Engineering Section so should we leave it off the summary page?
      Thanks for the question.

      Answer:

      Per the Game Manual Part 1, 7.3.4
      Attach a summary page to the front cover of the Engineering Notebook. The summary should be a brief, one-page narrative about the Team, the school or organization, and an overview of the highlights of the Team’s season. The Team summary page should also include the Team number and point the Judges to pages in the Engineering Notebook that the Team would most like the Judges to consider.
      and section 7.5.2
      Strongly suggested criteria for the Think Award: Teams should tab/flag 6 to 8 pages of the Engineering Section to support entries on the summary page.

      With that we can answer your questions:

      Can include other pages on the summary page as long as we don't tab them: Yes, though keep in mind the summary sheet should be brief and be easy to navigate

      If we want to include a major outreach event can we still list it under important pages as long as we don't tab it?: Yes, and you can even tab it. Engineering section should have tabs, but tabs are not limited to the Engineering section. However, be careful not to overdo it!

      The entry wouldn't be in the Engineering Section so should we leave it off the summary page: Summary page should include highlights of the team's season, including, but not limited to work documented in the Engineering section

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      • #4
        Engineering Notebook Summary Page

        Originally posted by FTC5202
        Our team is looking for clarification on requirements for the summary page. The summary page is supposed to have important pages for the judges to consider on it. The game manual states that we should tab 6-8 pages of the Engineering Section to support the summary page. Our question is if we can include other pages on the summary page as long as we don't tab them. For example, if we want to include a major outreach event can we still list it under important pages as long as we don't tab it? The entry wouldn't be in the Engineering Section so should we leave it off the summary page? Thanks!



        It sounds like you are assuming that the Summary Page narrative is only about the Engineering Section and/or that only the Engineering Section should have tabbed pages. Neither of these are what is intended.

        The summary one pager should be a well rounded view of your team that differentiates your team from other teams and could include Technical/Engineering aspects and Team/Outreach/Business aspects. To answer your specific question, yes, your summary can include pages beyond the Engineering Section.

        There is not a magic top number of items to include in your summary highlights and/or a top number of tabbed/flagged pages that must be done. However, recognize that Judges are looking for your team to have condensed your team's unique aspects down to a manageable one page overview as well as to a manageable set of pages to look at via being tabbed/flagged.

        Specifically for the Think Award, it is strongly suggested to have tabbed/flagged 6 to 8 pages of the Engineering Section. Note that the Judges for the other awards will be also referencing your notebook, so specific tabs/flags to guide the Judges for those awards is to your benefit.


        I would recommend looking at the posted examples and resources at http://www.firstinspires.org/resourc...ment-resources

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        • #5
          Minimum Engineering Notebook Requirements

          Originally posted by FTC1000
          There is a rule that states that a team may not submit more than 2 Engineering Notebooks. If a team submits 3 Engineering notebooks, are they removed from consideration for all awards? Or, because the 2 Engineering Notebook rule is part of the guidelines to qualify for the Think Award, is the team still eligible for all other awards, excluding the Think Award?
          Thanks for the question!

          Answer: Section 7.3.4 lists the minimum set of features required in order for Judges to quickly find the information they need to make Award decisions. Since the Engineering Notebook is the "voice of the Team" when the Team isn't in the room, a poorly organized, or even overwhelmingly large Engineering Notebook will make is less likely a Judge will hear (or in this case read) the information a Team wants them to know. As such, Teams should follow the requirements in 7.3.4 to be a strong contender for consideration for all Awards (except the video awards and the Judge's award).

          Can a Team win an Award (e.g. Design) if they don't include a Summary Page? Perhaps, but I wouldn't risk it!

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          • #6
            Engineering Notebook - Answer Thread

            Originally posted by FTC9794
            Our team was wondering whether we are allowed to have 2 notebooks that are both 3 inches thick or we have to make our 2 notebooks add up to 3 inches in thickness?

            Thank you,
            FTC 9794
            Wizards.exe
            All teams are allowed to submit a maximum of 2 engineering notebooks. The maximum size for each notebook is 3 inches.

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