For The Team Coach
This competition requires a Team Coach who is designated by the high school Principal. The Team Coach can be any adult who works at your high school as teacher, administrator, or staff member and has a school email account. Every high school in Louisiana is entitled to enter a single team composed of 5 to 15 students, under the guidance of the designated "Team Coach". (If there are "co-coaches", please flip a coin to see who is the "key contact person" for registration and for all email communication.)
As Team Coach, you fill out the online form for team registration.
Expect to commit about 10 hours of time. The responsibility is roughly equivalent to organizing a field trip.
1. Contact the principal of your school in order to become the designated Team Coach.
2. Be aware of the deadlines.
3. Select a team list of 5 to 15 participating high school students.
4. Register your team with the online registration form. Only you can do that. No cost is involved due to sponsorship support.
5. Reserve a room with Internet-accessible computers for the entire morning of the Technology Challenge.
6. Arrange to have participating students excused from their classes during the competition, just like for a field trip. In this case, the field trip is "virtual".
7. Set up a scheduled block of an uninterrupted time period from 8 AM to 11:59 AM on the day of the Technology Challenge.
8. On the day of the Technology Challenge, students should work on their tasks without direct assistance.
9. You should only provide minimal, if any, technical support, You may assist in accessing files for the Technology Challenge during the first 10 minutes and submitting the files during the last 10 minutes.
10. There is a stiff penalty for a late submission of completed work after 11:59 AM, for every minute late, one point will be deducted. Submissions that are more than 30 minutes late will NOT be judged.
11. While not required, we do recommend that your school pay for a noon "pizza party" following the Technology Challenge. We do recommend that you consider rewarding the students in this way. There is a sense of accomplishment in working together as a team. Most teams, in fact, do this!
12. As Team Coach, you should assist only when technical problems arise. Otherwise, only participating students should touch the mouse or keyboard during the competition, not you, or anyone else!
13. Your school's computers should have Microsoft Office software or software that can read and write Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files. When your team creates files, the files should be in a "common format" so that the many judges who are judging entries online, on their own computers, will have no trouble opening the files.
14. Your lab should have the capability to do minor editing of image files.
15. As Team Coach, you are expected to spend a few minutes to fill out an online evaluation form during the last hour of the Technology Challenge.
16. Every Team Coach receives confirmation of registration by email. The email message will include detailed instructions for accessing your team online "Moodle" account and the downloading and uploading files for the competition.
17. Please note: In previous events, some high schools had filtered email very aggressively; while teams could send email to us, a few teams couldn't receive email from us! If you do not receive an email message, as described in this schedule, please contact us. To avoid this possibility, tell your tech support or network administrator to make sure that "email from the ulm.edu domain should not be blocked or filtered.
What Do I Need To Know?
You are not required to have any special technical knowledge other than being able to communicate by email. You should check your email for confirmation of registration. Once your team is registered, you will get a detailed email message with details for accessing your team's password-protected online "Moodle" account. Please check your email regularly. As Team Coach, you should be the only person from your team to contact us.
Your main responsibility is forming a team; collectively, the team members should have enough technical knowledge to complete challenging tasks on their own. No one student has to know everything. In fact, it's a very good idea that students divide tasks during the first 15 minutes of the competition... on their own.
After your team is registered, you will receive complete directions by email for accessing a password-protected online site that will be used to exchange files electronically for the competition. You may provide the login and password information to one of the student team members so that he/she can access and upload files for the Technology Challenge.
Please allow the students to work on their own. They may use any references they like that they can access on their own, without adult assistance. In fact, no adults should help or assist students to prepare answers or complete tasks. Adults may only provide minimal technical support assistance.
What Are The Rules?
As you consider being a Team Coach, please ask yourself these questions: