Re: pinewood control program
Sam Marshall (ke4fsm@INFI.NET)
Thu, 29 Feb 1996 17:27:22 PST
>TS>If this is not the "Sterns" system, someone let me know and I'll see
>TS>getting permission to post the message that describes it here.
>This is not the Sterns method. The Sterns method is a complete
>roundrobbin race. For instance if there were 22 boys racing there would
>be 21 races.
I did not see the original posting on this thread, but I do not believe the
"Stearns Method" _requires_ a complete round robbin. The examples I have
seen from the NY State Pack that originated the method did not illustrate a
complete round robbin competition.
The computer program distrubuted as a part of the "Stearns Method" package
will suggest a minimum number of races based on the number of cubs, the
number of lanes and the time available. In many cases that number is less
than a complete round robbin. I personally would call the "Stearns Method" a
_partial_ round robbin event that maximizes the cubs participation in the
race consistant with the time alloted. A complete round robbin is too time
consuming for a large pack.
I chaired our Pack's pinewood derby this year and ran it as a "Stearns
Method" event. This was the first year that we did anything different from a
double or triple elimination event. Both the parents and the boys loved it
and the Pack committee has voted to make this the standard method of how we
run a pinewood derby.
Our unit commissioner who came to do uniform inspections and judge the design
awards, told his other packs about it and one of them asked me to help them
do it also. That pack is now using the "Stearns Method." I am also
preparing a package on the "Stearns Method" to present at the next roundtable
to aid packs in planning for next years event.
Yours in Scouting,
Samuel F. Marshall, Jr. E-mail: email@example.com (Sam Marshall)
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Date: 02/29/96 Time:17:27:22
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