For Mentors and Judges
Who can serve as a mentor?
What makes a good mentor?
How much time will I spend as a mentor?
At minimum, mentors will spend about 20 minutes per team (teams consist of 4-6 students). This includes reviewing a team’s 2 min Introductory video and providing them with either video, voice, or written (email) feedback on their project design/concept. At this time, we also ask you to introduce yourself and your profession to the student teams. You will be assigned between 2-3 teams (depending on the number of mentors available). This will take place around mid to end of March. Mentors are encouraged to follow-up with their teams around mid-April to check on the team’s progress and answer any questions. This follow-up will take approximately 15 minutes per team. See the schedule in the Competition Handbook for exact dates.
I do not have experience as a space engineering or architect, can I still be a mentor?
Can I be a mentor and a judge?
Yes! In fact, we would love that! We will assign a different set of teams to you as a judge so that you are not judging the same team(s) you are mentoring. Please see the judges flyer and the FAQs for judges to learn more.
What resources are available to me as a mentor?
The NWAY website is a great resource to provide a background about the program and program goals. The Competition Handbook can provide specific details about this year’s competition.
Who can serve as a judge?
How much time will I spend as a judge?
It depends on how many categories you decide to judge and if you decide to judge both the large group competition and the Final round. For details and dates please see the Judge’s Flyer. As a general overview:
- The large group competition will take place late-April. Each judge will be assigned a minimum of 4-6 teams to judge (if you can take more, that would be great!). You will view the 4 min. video presentation for each team and complete the scoring rubric. You will also provide feedback (written or audio recorded) to each team. In total, the estimated time to judge each team is 15-20 minutes. You will have approximately 4 days to complete the judging for your assigned teams and upload the scores and feedback.
- The Final Round will take place early May and will be held online in a conference styled setting (see flyer for specific date and time). Your time commitment will include 20-30 min to familiarize yourself with the online conference tool and approximately 2 hours for the conference.
You can decide to participate as a judge in both competitions or only one.
Will training be provided?
A training video will be provided prior to the competition and the NWAY team will be available to answer questions.
Can I serve as a judge if I have mentored a team (or teams)?
Yes, however you will be assigned to judge teams that you have not mentored.
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