The Teams: Preparation

Each team will:

  1. Each team will comprise of (4) team members and provide the AS with the following:
  2. Name of each student
  3. Age of each student
  4. Submit a Position Paper of no more than 500 words to the AS on the issue of productivity from its assigned perspective two (2) weeks prior to the date of their Forum. This must include the following:

The purpose of the Position Paper is to give the judges and the moderator an overview of the team’s intended position. It is not expected that this will be their final position as teams are free to make changes as they continue to prepare for their Forum

  1. An overview of its perspective.
  2. Itemized key supporting points that the team plans to make.
  3. Major references or sources of information.

The AS will collate and distribute the Position Papers to the Judges.

  1. Prepare the following:
  2. Ten-minute Opening Statement. (this can be adapted from your position paper)
  3. Points to be made as members of all teams participate in a 90-minute free-flowing moderated discussion.
  4. Four-minute Final Position Statement on their perspective – this may be changed during the course of the discussion as teams respond to, and learn from each other.
  5. Prepare its members for the following roles. Note that each team must comprise a maximum of 4 members and all team members are expected to participate:
  6. One Scribe
  7. One Researcher
  8. Two (2) Speakers (please note that whilst all team members are welcome to speak during the Forum, we recommend 2 individuals be given this primary responsibility
  9. The Opening Statement may be a presentation i.e. illustrated talk or demonstration.  All references to the term “presentation” in these rules include either demonstration or illustrated talk.  A demonstration is defined as a creative representation that illustrates the perspective e.g. a dramatization. An illustrated talk is defined as a presentation of an idea or topic that uses visual aids to convey the message.

Both presentation forms are acceptable and will be evaluated equally, In both forms visual aids may be utilized to help convey the major points of the presentation Visual aids may include but are not limited to: handouts, posters, props, videos, slides, and computer generated media (PowerPoint, websites, etc.).

  1. Teams may use prepared notes. However excessive use of notes should be avoided as judges may deduct points.
  2. Teams must supply their own props. Creative audio visual aids may be used but the teams must be involved in making or designing them.
  3. Teams must adhere strictly to the time rules. Three points will be deducted from the total score on each judge’s score sheet for every minute (or fraction of a minute) over 10 minutes.
  4. No coaching from teachers or audience will be permitted during the presentation/forum.
  5. Teams may use video recorders to film the forum. However this must be done from the sidelines and not distract the discussion. It is the responsibility of the team to provide all necessary recording equipment.
  6. Each team is required to present a copy of its presentation slides, handouts etc to the AS on the morning of the Forum prior to the Call to Order.
  7. Each team must arrive at the Forum venue no less than 30 minutes before the stated start time and must be ready to start by 7:45 a.m.

Time signals will be shown to the presenters and judges.