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by hscmom
March 13th, 2016, 5:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Homeschool teams can be banned by state?
Replies: 18
Views: 3048

Re: Homeschool teams can be banned by state?

Wow, wow! Just reading this now. Thanks for the update and congrats.
by hscmom
March 8th, 2016, 3:51 pm
Forum: 2016 Lab Events
Topic: Picture This B
Replies: 32
Views: 6080

Re: Picture This B

Computer science terms? Very few - binary code, software, technology, telecommunications (which is not really Comp Sci).

I really don't expect virtual machine, object oriented programming, NP complete, or (gasp!) COBOL to show up.
by hscmom
February 4th, 2016, 6:46 am
Forum: 2016 Lab Events
Topic: Picture This B
Replies: 32
Views: 6080

Re: Picture This B

A good tournament would not have PT sign in slots every 4 minutes! Maybe 10, but 12-15 is better. That allows the pair to come in, to ask any questions and get settled in. Then, the four minutes of the word list. After that, the pair leaves and the supervisors (two minimum, three better) have a coup...
by hscmom
February 4th, 2016, 6:16 am
Forum: Robot Arm C
Topic: Robot Arm rules question
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Re: Robot Arm rules question

Jeff's right... Do the right thing. SO rules state that the device needs to be made by someone(s) on the 15-person team. Not a parent, coach, or someone on another team in the same school.
by hscmom
December 17th, 2015, 3:18 pm
Forum: 2016 Study Events
Topic: Invasive Species B/C
Replies: 367
Views: 37658

Re: Invasive Species B/C

Well, mosquitoes buzz, beetles click and chirp and buzz (lower than a skeeter's high pitched whine) and nutria (depending on source you read) make a sound like a cow or pig.
by hscmom
September 10th, 2015, 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: B or C as a 9th grader?
Replies: 14
Views: 1450

Re: B or C as a 9th grader?

Had to face this a few times. I have four kids that have done or are doing SO. Kid #1: Did C as 9th grader Kid #2: Did C as an 8th grader (with 5 events) Kid #3: Did C as an 8th grader (again, 5 events) Kid #4: Doing B as 9th grader A lot of the determinants are based on individual situations (make ...
by hscmom
September 1st, 2015, 9:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Eye Protection Policy Change
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Re: Eye Protection Policy Change

Right, we've got a few old "Type 2" glasses in our team box that just don't get used. Don't know where they came from... seems like it makes sense to just buy B's and C's and then tell the kids that anything is an A.
by hscmom
August 28th, 2015, 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Eye Protection Policy Change
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Re: Eye Protection Policy Change

Makes more sense than the old system...

Not that you planned it this way, but it could be understood as...

A = average eye protection
B = blastworthy eye protection
C = chemical eye protection
by hscmom
April 20th, 2015, 8:12 pm
Forum: 2015 Invitationals, Regionals, and States
Topic: Colorado 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 2217

Re: Colorado 2015

Results are up at state site
by hscmom
April 8th, 2015, 7:04 am
Forum: 2015 Lab Events
Topic: Picture This B
Replies: 99
Views: 14923

Re: Picture This B

One thing our PT team did was to look at the rules, identify what could be interpreted in different ways and then come up with a list of questions to ask the supervisor. They split them up, memorized them, and before competing asked their questions. It's also good to make sure that you are practicin...
by hscmom
April 7th, 2015, 7:17 am
Forum: 2015 Lab Events
Topic: Picture This B
Replies: 99
Views: 14923

Re: Picture This B

We've tried to avoid things that look like symbols but someone could argue everything is a symbol, right. Instead of crossing out something, consider scribbling it out or just use an arrow (allowable) to focus on the right thing.
by hscmom
April 3rd, 2015, 1:19 pm
Forum: 2015 Lab Events
Topic: Picture This B
Replies: 99
Views: 14923

Re: Picture This B

Yup good idea! Share it with your partners - you want each of the three of you to have the same vocabulary. That way, if you are the sketcher and you see something that you know the other two most likely know, you give it a good try. If you see a word that you don't know, chances are they don't know...
by hscmom
April 1st, 2015, 8:24 pm
Forum: 2015 Lab Events
Topic: Picture This B
Replies: 99
Views: 14923

Re: Picture This B

I honestly think those terms are way too hard for this event. Just some April Fool's Day fun for our team. Yes, way too hard. We did over an hour of appropriate words (fulcrum, iron oxide, cumulus), then this list! They each sketched an easy word (moon, root, star) and then came these words that no...
by hscmom
April 1st, 2015, 1:24 pm
Forum: 2015 Lab Events
Topic: Picture This B
Replies: 99
Views: 14923

Re: Picture This B

And in a half hour, we're having an APRIL 1 Picture This practice. I decided to make a list that starts easy (so each sketcher thinks "Oh, piece of cake") and then gets difficult: Root Moon Star Borborygmi Syzygy Predictions Ribazuba Human Alpha 7 Acetylcholine Receptor Quisquilious Pneumo...
by hscmom
March 28th, 2015, 6:58 pm
Forum: 2015 Lab Events
Topic: Picture This B
Replies: 99
Views: 14923

Re: Picture This B

[aditi] wrote:There are also tie-breakers for the number of words consecutively answered correctly...That's what made us miss a first place at Wright State! :(


Bummer - but that's how it goes! Sounds like you did a terrific job.

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