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About the Group

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This is the SCUDEM III 2018 Coaches Group for faculty coaches for the SCUDEM III 2018 event. 

Here we will communicate with coaches on all issues surrounding SCUDEM III 2018.

At the end of this introduction we offer material on the Role of Coach. Please read carefully.

We will offer some guidance on getting the most enjoyment from SCUDEM event here and answer questions as they come to us.

We will announce availability of SCUDEM III 2018 problems at one minute past midnight EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) on the morning of Friday, 19 September 2018. This is one minute after 04:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) or GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) as it is sometime called.  You need to know your own times relative to this setting to know when you can have access to the problems.

There will be three problems in the broad areas of (1) life science and chemistry, (2) physics and engineering, and (3) social sciences. Each team is to pick one and then work on an Executive Summary and Presentation to bring to Challenge Saturday, 27 October 2018, at the local site of their selection.

The Executive Summary (no more than 2 pages with at most one page of references) is to be submitted (10 hard copies) at registration at the local site on Challenge Saturday.

Student will be presented with one additional issue for the models

The actual Challenge Saturday event will begin, with arrival circa 8:30 AM and program at 9:00 AM local time at respective local sites and visiting teams and coaches will receive information on details from the Local Site Host Coordinator for the site they have selected to attend.

At 9:00 AM student teams go to separate rooms to address an additional issue posed for each problem and incorporate the results of their efforts in their Presentation. Students DO NOT redo their model.

At 10:30 AM students join faculty in active Modeling Scenario and overview of SIMIODE resources in Faculty Development Workshop Part I. Welcome students!

11:30 AM means lunch time(!) in the host site’s dining facilities at visitors’ expense. This is a chance to meet new colleagues.

Then by 1:00 PM faculty and students return to designated rooms. Faculty engage in Faculty Development Workshop Part II in which faculty share modeling experiences and discussions on modeling in differential equations coursework, while students compete in fun Math Bowl for individual awards and use any available time to “brush up” on their Presentation.

From 2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM teams make Presentations— tracks of 4 Presentations each —10 minutes each, 5 minutes for questions, and 5 minute break between Presentations for scoring by faculty judges. (Total 2 hours.)  Teams must indicate how they incorporated the additional issue posed in the morning.

4:15 PM will see a 15 minute closing ceremony with award presentations for Outstanding, Meritorious, and Successful team modeling and  first, second, and third place for individual MathBowl competition with departure at 4:30 PM.

Role of the Coach

The role of the Coach for each team is to prepare the team members for participation in SCUDEM III 2018, and NOT to assist in any way with modeling efforts during the period of the challenge 19 - 27 October 2018.  Indeed, both coaches and team members will be asked to sign an Integrity Statement at Registration on the morning of Challenge Saturday, 27 October 2018, which reads, “I, the undersigned, hereby state that during the challenge period, 19 - 27 October 2018, I have not received any animate assistance with regard to the SCUDEM problems as a student competitor. Neither have I given any assistance to any member of a team as a coach.”

Specifically, before 19 October 2018, but not during the challenge 19 - 27 October 2018, a coach can organize the team; meet with team members to discuss technical materials; go over past SCUDEM  modeling problems and student submissions; go over with team members the comments from the problem poser from SCUDEM I 2017 and SCUDEM II 2018 on what good modeling should be; help students develop good presentation skills and concise writing and communication efforts; and go over the requirements for SCUDEM III 2018. The coach should make sure students understand what is expected of them in terms of deliverables: (1) a two page Executive Summary and (2) a 10 minute Presentation, both to be delivered on Challenge Saturday, 27 October 2018.

One thing the coach should do before the challenge begins is to stress the need for the team to settle on one of the three problems offered (and not carry forth with several problems’ analyses) in the first day or so and move on to success with their model building on that one selected problem. Further, coaches should stress that there is no one right answer, but rather SCUDEM is about demonstrating the modeling process as applied to the problem of their choice. Formulating and communicating their efforts is of utmost importance.

Coaches need to emphasize that ALL team members must participate in all aspects of SCUDEM, modeling, writing, and presentation.

Certainly, coaches may interact with their team members during the challenge period, but under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should there be technical discussions about their modeling efforts on their problem of choice. This is THEIR chance to develop and grow. Coaches should let students bloom.

The role of the Coach for a SCUDEM team of three students is to coach.

The Coach is NOT to engage in any challenge problem activity for the challenge itself, e.g., students are to work on their model and then prepare Executive Summaries and Presentations WITHOUT ANY assistance from a coach. From when the problems are initially posted until the end of Challenge Saturday the coach is to let the students grow and learn on their own.

Here are some things for coaches to consider.

  1. Help form a team, perhaps through coach’s class, Math Club, word of mouth, posting a flyer, etc.
  2. In building a team, try for diversity of skills, e.g., not all programmers, not all “dreamers” – a blend.
  3. Find a nearby local site which and register as Coach with team registrations to follow before 6 October 2018.
  4. Plan transportation to and from a local site on Challenge Saturday, 27 October 2018. Make sure you assure them of meal arrangement – teams pay for lunch at local site. Also discuss meals in transit. Be sure they have needed money for an all-day outing.
  5. Make travel arrangements, i.e. meeting and return drop place; allotted time, mode, and travel route; driver or other transportation; meals in transit; parking (local site host coordinator will provide this information).
  6. Meet with team to go over exactly what SCUDEM III 2018 is all about, e.g., timeline, requirements, expectations.
  7. Go over past SCUDEM problems and student submissions. Discuss how to attack the model first in practice sessions and then examine other students’ submissions. Talk about how to select which problem to do.
  8. The three SCUDEM problems are in these domains (i) physical sciences or engineering, (ii) life sciences or chemistry, and (iii) social sciences.  So make sure students know that there could be interesting modeling and learning experiences in SCUDEM outside their main area of study.
  9. Stress general modeling strategies; go over a complete modeling cycle from assumptions to model building to solutions and interpretations to parameter estimations or data fitting to revisiting reality to communicating final results in Executive Summary and Presentation; point out differential equations solution methods; make sure student accounts and access to computation tools are in order; visit with them informally during the week to see if they are making progress – ask about their pace, their attention to school work and personal life(!) as well as time on task for SCUDEM; and perhaps offer them some nutritional snacks
  10. Read the instructive essay by the problem poser in response to student submissions. This document emphasizes what the problem poser had in mind and also how students addressed issues as well as technical aspects of materials submitted.
  11. Share some of your readings concerning modeling principles and good approaches.
  12. Meet with students occasionally during the challenge period to be sure they are aware of the rules and expectations.
  13. Email students from time to time to give moral support, send them some funny math stuff for chuckles.
  14. Ascertain if they are getting rest and maintaining a rich student life.