Task Problem Statements and FAQs Below

Judging FAQs
Zoom Test Meeting (Posted 4/2/21, Updated 4/4/21)
You are invited to a Zoom Test Coffee and Doughnut Hour on Monday, 5 April from 11:30 – 1:00 MDT.

Use the “Scored Event” link (the link you registered for) to access the Zoom Test.

The test is optional and will be used to test your WERC virtual background and our Breakout Room procedures.  Your virtual background will be emailed to you the weekend of April 2.

I hope you can attend, but it is not mandatory.

Bring your own drinks and snacks!

Zoom Virtual Background (Posted 4/2/21)
Your virtual background will be emailed to you the weekend of April 2.

Zoom links (Posted 4/2/21)
We emailed you the Scored Event Zoom Registration link as well as the Judges’ Private Meeting link. Email Ginger immediately if you did not receive the Zoom links. 
The judging schedule has been updated. (Posted 4/2/21)
Updated schedules are posted further down on the page.

I am grateful to the people involved for switching tasks to allow us to offer a third group of judges for the Poster Presentations. Changes affect:

Task 1: Patrick Leyba was added to the team of judges. The schedule remained the same for all judges, except for Emily’s schedule. Patrick Leyba was added to April 6, Subgroup 1. Emily Worthen was moved from Subgroup 2 on April 13 to Subgroup 3 with Leyba.

Task 2: Eric Galvan was moved to Subgroup 1 on April 13. Daniel Perez was removed as a judge for this task.

Task 3/4: Daniel Perez replaced Patrick Leyba as a judge in this task. Perez replaced Leyba in Subgroup 3 on April 6, and he will join Subgroup 1 on April 13 (Leyba will not be in Subgroup 3 on April 13).

Do I need to email comments to the teams? (Posted 4/2/21)
No. This is completely optional. If you do email them, they will receive them prior to the next event. If you do not email comments, they will receive any comments that you post on the WERC judging site after the contest.

If you decide to email comments, only do so for the technical report. You will be able to talk to the teams directly at the other two events.

How do I email a file to the teams I am judging? (Posted 4/2/21)
You must follow these steps to attach the file:

  1. Click yellow “Email to members” button.
  2. Enter desired text in the box.
  3. Click “Upload File” and navigate to the file you want to upload from your computer.
  4. Linking the file: You will be returned to your email message and you will see a blue http address.
    1. You must click on the “link” symbol beside the http address (beside it you will see the “unlink” symbol).
    2. When you highlight the “link” symbol, it will say “Edit”.
    3. Click on the “link” symbol An “Insert Link” window will pop up.
    4. Enter the name of the file in the blank box. Do not alter the URL.
    5. Click “Open in new window” if you prefer.
    6. Click “Insert Link” This returns you to the mail you are constructing.

When ready to send the email, click “Send Message.”

Done!

How it works: This links the file to a page on our website. The process above sends the team a link to the page and allows them to download that link.

Should I email my comments about the technical report to the teams? (Posted 3/31/21)
Yes, you can email the team. Pressing the yellow “Email to members” button in the team’s area will send email to the entire team, including their faculty advisor.

As you make comments, remind the team that they will not be able to make any changes to their report because these are already being scored, however, it can help them improve their performance in the next events: the bench-scale (or poster) and oral presentations. In fairness to all teams, if you send suggestions to one team, you would send to all, if warranted.

When will the teams see the scores and comments I enter on the WERC site? (Posted 3/30/21)
After the contest is over, teams can log into the WERC team site and view your comments.

If you make in-line comments in the report, the teams will be emailed the report after the contest is over.

Judging Schedules

Judging Schedules—Detailed Scored EventsClick to download the pdf - Updated for Tasks 1, 2, 3/4 on 4/2/21 Judges' Contest TimelineClick to download timeline (pdf) for both scored and non-scored events.

 

Judging Timeline–Click to view

Detailed Scored Events Schedule–Click to view a schedule

 

Judges' Contest Handbook

Judges' Contest HandbookThis handbook was emailed to the judges on 3/20/21. Click to download.

Links to Task Problem Statements–Bench-Scale Division

Task 1–PFAS Destruction Bench-scale–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 2–Ocean Sensor–Bench-scale–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 3–Using Ag ByProducts to Sorb Metals–Bench-scale–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 4–Mine Tailings Reuse–Bench-scale–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 5–Produced Water Treatment–Bench-scale–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 6–Open Task–Bench-scale–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement

Links to Task Problem Statements–Desktop Division

These differ from the bench-scale division only in a few Design Considerations that are included as part of the judging rubrics.

Task 1D–PFAS Destruction–Desktop–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 3D–Using Ag ByProducts to Sorb Metals–Desktop–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 4D–Mine Tailings Reuse–Desktop–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 5D–Produced Water Treatment–Desktop–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement Task 6D–Open Task–Desktop–Task Problem StatementClick to download the Task Problem Statement