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February 13, 2005

HO: New Postage Stamp

Filed under: education — texased @ 10:06 pm
New Postage Stamp

Judges Version
Problem Source: Spirit of Chicago

This is a hands-on problem. You have one minute to determine which team members will solve the problem.

JUDGE READS TO TEAM (after participants are determined):

You will have 6 minutes to complete this problem. You may talk or ask questions at any time; however, time continues. At the end of 6 minutes, you will have 1 minute to present and explain your solution.

Your problem is to design a postage stamp using the materials given. No other materials may be used. At the end of six minutes you will have one minute to explain why the post office should use your stamp.

Score will be as follows:

  • 1-25 points for the creativity of design
  • 1-25 points for the creativity of explanation
  • 1-25 points for team work
  • 1 point for each item used

Materials and Setup
Give each team the following materials.

  • 6 Plastic Straws
  • 6 Cotten Balls
  • Yellow and Blue Markers
  • 16 Toothpicks
  • 6 3×5 index cards
  • Scotch Tape

Scoring Grid

Item Quantity Value Total
Creativity of the design 1 – 25
Creativity of the explanation 1 – 25
Team Work 1 – 25
Each item used 1

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