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by primitivepolonium
September 6th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: General Competition
Topic: 2020 Rules are out!!
Replies: 20
Views: 1721

Re: 2020 Rules are out!!

Pretty peeved @ Chem Lab rules for aqueous solutions, tbh. Was also peeved @ acids and bases last year, but the aqueous solution rules are worse. So incredibly vague. And seriously, concentration unit conversions as a States and Nationals topic??????? Why? I understand buffers as a States and Nation...
by primitivepolonium
September 6th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Protein Modeling C
Topic: Protein Modeling C
Replies: 54
Views: 3022

Re: Protein Modeling C

^^^ As an invitational tournament director, the on-site build was expensive to run. While it was easily an order of magnitude cheaper if you purchased your own materials than MSOE kits, this was still burdensome to tournaments and/or the school assigned to run Protein Modeling. Def agree it was exp...
by primitivepolonium
August 15th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Last Invite Before a Regional
Replies: 11
Views: 865

Re: Last Invite Before a Regional

4 isn't an unreasonable number of invites to go to in one season, but IMO it's best to leave the weekend before Regionals/States/Nationals unbooked. Regardless of how competitive is, an invite will take up a lot of time and energy that students may find better applied to last-minute studying, buildi...
by primitivepolonium
August 3rd, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Math Ability of Competitors
Replies: 71
Views: 5086

Re: Math Ability of Competitors

Perhaps Stats should be its own category. It doesn't fit neatly into the linear pre algebra -> algebra I -> geometry -> algebra II -> precalc -> calc" sequence. It's not an extremely difficult class, but people take it at different times in the sequence, so past a certain pt, so it's hard to say how...
by primitivepolonium
August 1st, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Science Olympiad Events 2019-2020
Replies: 557
Views: 97392

Re: Science Olympiad Events 2019-2020

I'm not sure about this. I think Astronomy is does a great job of incorporating a binder into the event (and goes even further to let competitors use a computer) while keeping the event conceptually challenging and fulfilling. I completely agree with chalker's rationale for using binders - a lot of...
by primitivepolonium
July 26th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Math Ability of Competitors
Replies: 71
Views: 5086

Re: Math Ability of Competitors

I think most of the students who do the physics events are pretty aware of what to expect, but maybe (just a suggestion) an addition to event "Description", such as "Impound: Yes or No" or "Eye Protection: B or C" there could be a Math Level: A, B or C (but not limited to) Math Level A: Number Sens...
by primitivepolonium
July 15th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Do people normally get States/Regionals tests back?
Replies: 25
Views: 1912

Re: Do people normally get States/Regionals tests back?

Overall, I think giving a second look at tests upon asking could indirectly drive inequalities among teams (yes, even if all teams "can" do it). Not meaning to start a fight or anything, as polonium said, it was allowed in socal, that was nice to have etc, so this is just opinion going off that. Sc...
by primitivepolonium
July 12th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Do people normally get States/Regionals tests back?
Replies: 25
Views: 1912

Re: Do people normally get States/Regionals tests back?

I've been told NY doesn't really do arbitrations/score questions at all. My friend went to Great Neck South, which finished 4th in 2016 and 2017. One year, they really tanked 1 or 2 written events--I don't remember the details--that'd they'd always done well in and felt good about. They asked State...
by primitivepolonium
July 12th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Do people normally get States/Regionals tests back?
Replies: 25
Views: 1912

Re: Do people normally get States/Regionals tests back?

Of course, this wasn't as fiery of a debate as Ohio 2016. What happened in Ohio 2016? The Ohio 2016 thread details it better than I can. Tl;dr was they announced Mentor got 2nd and it turns out that was a mistake. Then they found out Centerville did something during competition that either sketchy ...
by primitivepolonium
July 12th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: General Competition
Topic: Easiest event for you? Opinions! :3
Replies: 150
Views: 19697

Re: Easiest event for you? Opinions! :3

100% Chem Lab for me. I took AP chem in 8th grade and did ChemOly throughout high school, so Chem Lab was really just a straightforward application of things I already knew.

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