Minute to Win It

Project Description
Each team will select or design a short game that each of their classmates will play.  As each person plays, the teams will collect data on whatever parameters they choose -- time it takes to complete, which hand/strategy was used, player's height, number of points, etc.  After the data is collected into a Google Spreadsheet, each team will write a paper clarifying and sharing their conclusions.

Project Rubric (85 points)
  • Abstract (5 points): Concisely describes the study, purpose, and results in a few sentences.
  • Introduction (5 points): Includes a short introduction that describes what motivated your specific study.
  • Procedures (10 points): Clearly explains what you did to the point where the study could be replicated by a reader.
  • Experimental design (10 points):
    • 4) A clear paragraph describes how one variable was tested between two groups (such as left and right handed people).
    • 4) The explanation must explain why it was a valid experiment (such as using random assignment of treatments and controlling all other factors).
    • 2) The analysis of whether or not it was a valid experiment should also mention how valid the hypothesis test of the difference of the means will be.
  • Confidence interval and error (15 points):
    • 3) Uses a T-Interval to estimate the mean of one of your variables.
    • 2) Uses "x-bar +/- standard error" notation.
    • 4) The text must clarify what the interval actually means in context.  It must also explain why you found this interval.
    • 6) Explains what population you wanted to learn more about, who you sampled, and what kind of error this may lead to.  (Is it based on a true SRS?  Is there non-response or undercoverage bias?  What about the effects due to randomness?)  Be specific on what different types of error are called.
  • Hypothesis testing (15 points): 
    • 4) An alternative hypothesis (and its corresponding null) is posed as a prediction before the results are found.
    • 3) An alpha level is chosen before results are found.
    • 4) p-value is calculated.
    • 4) You reject or fail to reject the null hypothesis based on the comparison of your p-value and alpha level.
  • Inconsistencies and errors (5 points): Problems from the study, such as leaking bottles, moved containers, crumbling cookies, or clever rule-benders are thoroughly discussed and addressed as excusable error or something to seriously look out for when interpreting results.
  • Conclusion (5 points): Includes a short conclusion that discusses the limitations of the study and points to future studies that could be done to further this research.
  • Organization and flow (5 points): Sections are clearly divided with descriptive headings (including an abstract, introduction, procedural section, results section, and conclusion).  Ideas logically flow throughout the paper.  Writing flows between sections (doesn’t feel like 3-4 people wrote it).
  • Active voice (5 points): Written in first-person active voice (I did, we did) and NO PASSIVE VOICE.
  • Concise (5 points): No "fluff" or grandiose introductions to sections or wasted words.
Portfolio Posting (25 points)
  • 5 points: Google Doc is shared to "anyone with link".  Doc is embedded in portfolio page.
  • 10 points: Teamwork analysis paragraph written.  You must include what you contributed to the team, what your teammates contributed, and what you learned about working with multiple people to write a paper.  Mention if this is your first team paper or if you have written many before (and if so, how was this project similar or different to past experiences).
  • 10 points: Personal reflection on what you learned from the Minute to Win It project.  How did it help further your understanding of inference, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, and experimental design?  How did it help you learn about writing a technical paper?
Team Contribution (35 points) -- note that this grade is based on an average of your teammates' grading of you
  • 10 points: This person created quality work for the team project.
  • 6 points: This person completed work on time for the needs and deadlines of the group.
  • 6 points: This person took a leadership/captain role on an even number of tasks.
  • 6 points: This person shared responsibility of the project (did not hog all of the work)
  • 7 points: This person contributed an equal amount of effort to the team’s success
Andy Pethan,
May 7, 2012, 11:26 AM