About the Group
This is the SCUDEM IV 2019 Students Group for student team members for the SCUDEM IV 2019 event.
Here we will communicate with students on all issues surrounding SCUDEM IV 2019.
We will offer some guidance on getting the most enjoyment from SCUDEM event here and answer questions as they come to us through the Forum for this Group.
We will announce availability of SCUDEM IV 2019 problems at one minute past midnight EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) on the morning of Friday, 1 November 2019. 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, 9 November 2019, 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.
Students will be presented with one additional issue for the models They are NOT TO REDO their model.
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 faculty present will judge the submitted Executive Summaries using a simple Rubric we provide and offering constructive feedback comments.
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 team awards and use any available time to “brush up” on their Presentation.
From 2:00 PM to 3:30 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 1.5 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.
Here are some things for students to consider.
- Before 1 November 2019 meet with your coach to go over exactly what, SCUDEM IV 2019 is all about, e.g., timeline, requirements, expectations.
- Go over past SCUDEM problems and student submissions found here under respective year’s event. 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.
- Read the instructive essay by the problem poser in response to student submissions from SCUDEM III 2018. This document emphasizes what the problem poser had in mind and also how students addressed issues as well as technical aspects of materials submitted.
- 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 you realize that there could be interesting modeling and learning experiences in SCUDEM outside your main area of study.
- You should settle on your teams’ problem of choice within your first day of meeting and stick with it. Keeping several problems going or changing problems will not permit thorough explorations needed for success in your modeling.
- You may not engage in any animate assistance during the period 1 – 9 November 2019; no technical discussions with your coach, other faculty, or fellow students outside your team. This is YOUR Challenge along with your team mates. Take pride in your own effort.