Math Help - Library Contest Edition
May 10, 2012 7:34 AM Subscribe
Math Help! We're doing a big inventory project in my library this summer and we want to attach weekly prizes to it to help motivate the poor students who have to do all the scanning. Trick is, students do not work the same amount of hours per week, so we would like some way of weighting each student's output so that those that work less feel like they can compete with those who work more while not disadvantaging those with longer hours by requiring them to go insane in order to keep up. How to keep things fair and sane?
posted by robocop is bleeding to Work & Money (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here are the details:
I have 8 students competing.
Students are scheduled to work from 21 to 35 hours per week.
There is only so much inventory work a student can perform in a day before their brain leaks out their ears.
The output of the process includes:
Total linear inches of material inventoried.
Total amount of time spent inventorying in minutes.
Number of errors located during the process.
While total number of books is a possible output, the inventory system is prone to crashing, which means that information could be easily lost. We can set an average of 13 books/foot, though.
I'd like to be able to give out weekly prizes, plus grand prizes at the end of the project.
Is there some way of working the scoring system so that things are balanced between longer and shorter shifted students? Just dividing linear feet inventoried by hours worked probably won't cut it. For example, I don't want to end up in a situation where someone only works one 6 hour shift in a given week (vacation, illness) and inventories for 4 hours, thus handily beating the 35 hour student who spent 20 hours inventorying.