Tips and Strategy
Some individuals, schools
and companies have posted tips, strategies, references, and resources that
may help newcomers get going and veterans improve their efforts. This
partition highlights a few of these.
is an important part of preparing a team for a concrete canoe competition. Even if
you have mostly veterans, you may want to begin by exposing your crew to a clever piece of
prose which takes certain migration characteristics of geese into
consideration and applies the concepts to human behavior and teamwork. It
was written in 1972 by Dr Robert McNeish of Baltimore, Maryland. He
was a science teacher for many years before he became involved in school
administration and, after studying flocks of geese for many years, first wrote the piece
for a sermon he delivered at church.
from the Geese"
Project management is
critical to a team's success and the election of officers and team leaders
that will take the group to victory is essential. At UAH, we have
some of our key stakeholders, including last year’s officers, our
faculty advisors, and alumni, outline key roles and goals for the Chapter.
Before officer elections are held, each candidate is asked to make a
presentation highlighting their plans for supporting the Chapter including
recruiting and training new members.
organization is important so that each
team member, no matter how new, understands what needs to be done. Due
to the small size of our group, we rely on a systems approach to
look at the project holistically to see where the overlaps and
interactions lay and rely on a project schedule to map out critical tasks
which have no float. These tasks must be accomplished in order to
move forward with the project and their termination is typically marked by
a milestone, such as hull design, structural analysis, mix design, and
Human dynamics must
be understood, since the inability to cope with this aspect of the
competition is a major impediment to success. We rely a team building
strategy developed by Power2Transform,
an organization that specializes in training and development through the
use of personality tests. The contact there is John Bentley. Other
teams schedule adventures
and outings to help build thrie social and communication skills. Team
Adventure Activities, for example, is an organization
that specializes in taking people on outdoor pursuits. The contact
there is Rob Finley.
important and there
are many ways that a team can build strength in this regard. You may
want to ask one of your instructors, for example, to offer a class
pertaining to the competition, such as:
A. Gilbert - "Strategically
Tuned Absolutely Resilient Structures" - independent study class
dealing with the design and analysis of cementitious composites taught on
an advanced undergraduate level.
information can be found on the web, ranging from good
pointers for beginners to resources designed for competition veterans and
sites designed to address the most difficult of questions. See, for
Team UAH - "Just
Getting Started" - tips for competing at the NCCC including
suggestions for design parameters such as length, weight, concrete
strength, and concrete stiffness.
University of Wisconsin
Madison - "NCCC
Design Papers 2000-Present" - a library of the top design papers
in the U.S. National Concrete Canoe Competition; see the link on our main
menu entitled, "Design Papers."
The Concrete Forum - "www.concrete.com"
- an excellent source for technical and product information where
questions may be addressed to "Dr. Concrete."
may help you improve your delivery and sites like ours can help in that
regard. See, for example:
UAH - "For
the Record" - statistics for the U.S. National Concrete Canoe
Competitions including commentary, spreadsheets, and competition coverage;
see the link on our main menu entitled, "NCCC Statistics."
UAH - "Concrete
Canoe Websites" - links to concrete canoe web sites including
those of the U.S. NCCC qualifiers and host schools; see the link on our
main menu entitiled, "Concrete Canoe Websites."