To register fill out the following online form: 2013 ICer Registration. Registration will close on January 5th, 2013 or before if all available slots are filled.
What is the Instant Challenger (ICer)?
It is workshop where teams practice three (3) performance based Instant Challenges (IC) and three (3) tasked based ICs. Each team is given individualized attention for a period of 2 hours, beginning at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Ames Middle School in Ames. The team is given feedback by experienced DI volunteers who serve as the Appraisers for this event. The fee for this workshop is non-refundable $20 to cover the supplies used by the teams. For more information please read over the instructions found on the form.
What is Instant Challenge?
The Rules of the Road states that Instant Challenge “is a Challenge that teams are asked to solve in a very short period of time at their tournament, without knowing ahead of time what the Challenge will be” (5). IC encourages teams to use their problem solving abilities and creativity in a collaborative manner to solve a never before seen problem under a tight time constraint which promotes time management skills. At tournament, IC makes up 25% of the total score or is worth 100 points. For more information about IC, types of ICs, and the rules, please refer to the Rules of the Road pages 27-29.
Top 3 Reasons to Participate
- Feedback: At tournament, teams do not receive any feedback from the IC appraisers nor do they see their raw scores until after Closing Ceremony when score sheets are posted. At the ICer, teams are debriefed, given feedback, and provided with raw score sheets after each challenge. The team can then use what they learned from one IC and apply it to another. The team is also encouraged to ask questions and take their time. Each room has a goal to go through the three ICs provided, but the speed is determined by the team’s needs. Sometimes it is more beneficial to go through one or two ICs multiple times and all our volunteers are happy to accommodate. Don’t worry if your team does not get through all the ICs. As the Team Manager, you will receive all six ICs electronically after the workshop has been completed.
- Unique: The ICs given to the teams at the workshop cannot be found anywhere else. Cre8iowa has an IC Writers Committee that works hard to create unique and constructive training materials to help our teams. The committee also puts effort into writing ICs that are easily reproducible for Team Managers by using common materials. As mentioned previously, each and only the participating team will receive the 2013 workshop ICs electronically after the 12th. The ICs will not be made publically available in our IC Library until next season.
- Placements: The ICer is a great way to help your team get ready for their Instant Challenge performance at the tournaments! Practice makes perfect and practice with new challenges and with quality feedback helps the team down that perfection road. Perfection (or close to it) can make all the difference with those 100 points. It is common that the top places at tournaments are determined by how the team did in their IC.
So what are you waiting for? Register now before all the slots are filled.