New kind of contest launching January 24th Answered
Starting this week, we will be running a new kind of mini-contest similar to the wonderful Weekly Challenges being run by mikeasaurus, scoochmaroo, and randofo. These new contests won't be too far out of the ordinary, but they're different enough I felt compelled to provide a heads-up to you loyal readers. Allow me to answer your imagined questions.
What are these new contests called?
What's the difference between these and a Weekly Challenge?
The main difference is, um, academic. Project submissions should be usable by a teacher. I will include a list of the relevant standards for the subject matter, so pick one and make a hands-on project for it. Not too hard. We just need the answers to be useful in the classroom.
You can also submit a Guide. As long as the projects within the guide are all related to the topic of the Academic Challenge, that is. Just make sure every project is clearly tied to the academic standards we're looking for. (That'll put the majority of the work on hunting for good projects and writing good intros. Perfect for contestants who are too busy to make, but not too busy to search.)
How long do these last?
Two weeks. Or more, if two weeks isn't enough time to get some awesome and useful projects. But the first one will be two weeks, and the term of the contest will be clearly indicated on the contest page.
What's the point of an Academic Challenge?
To help build projects that teachers can use in demos or for hands-on projects with their classes.
Well, that's cool I guess. Now what?
Get your apples out, because the first Academic Challenge will be about Newtonian physics. And it starts tomorrow.
Don't have any ideas? Was your last experience with Newtons primarily fig-based? Get hunting now for cool projects that demonstrate Isaac's big ideas and make a GUIDE. (I really want some guides, guys. Make guides.)