Approach For Students
Approach For Students
Your Fictional Company
When participating in SpaceSet events, students become employees of NorthDonning Heedwell (NDH), a interstellar aeronautical engineering consortium.
Students must adopt roles within NDH, and work within their departments in order to complete the space settlement design requested by the client – the Foundation Society.
Below you will find everything you need to know about forming and managing your version of NDH!
There are only a few Company rules that all participants need to be aware of:
SpaceSet events are team competitions – designing a space settlement is much more than a one-person task! It’s important to put some effort into forming your Company; the below information should help.
Remember the following when forming a SpaceSet Company:
BUT – the larger your Company, the harder management becomes, as does the chance of communication difficulties.
BUT – Each participant will have to do more work.
Editor’s Note: if you’re a student wanting to take part, consider the following:
The ASDC is designed to encourage individuals to learn to operate within a group environment. As much as there is an emphasis on research and writing of the final submission; the competition will test and develop your ability to work with people under pressure to meet deadlines. Many (if not all) teams find this the hardest component of the Competition.
It is important to realise that everyone within a group has different values and ideas. Each team member will have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some will be talented at maths and science, others at English, others at design or art. Some will be good researchers, some excellent team players, and a few good leaders. The most successful team will be able to make use of each individual’s strengths and work through everyone’s weaknesses.
The first goal, once you have a team, is to organise the group into an effective working body. There are many ways to do this, and there is no one correct method. It is recommended, however, that the following elements are used:
WARNING: the person who first ‘discovered’ the ASDC may not necessarily be the best President!
Beyond what is recommended above, there is no limit as to how you can organise your team. Some teams assign every person a particular element of the RFP; other teams prefer to have as few “official positions” as possible and just work as a group. You may even wish to employ an editor within your team, or a dedicated researcher, or someone who just does the maths and calculations.