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Virginia 2013

Postby fishman100 » August 29th, 2012, 4:27 pm

Alright, you know the drill; post any VA-related info here.

(New) Website: http://virginiaso.com/

2013 Competitions:
Invitationals: Div. B invite hosted by Fairfax HS
Regionals: Charlottesvile (February 16)
Kilmer (March 2)
Stone (March 16)
States: April 27, 2013 at Virginia Tech (it's late this year!)

EDIT: List of all the VA Event changes:
Div B
Mystery Architecture and Roller Coaster replacing Helicopters and Sounds of Music

Div C
Roller Coaster replacing MagLev, Remote Sensing eliminated from all VA competitions. Forensics and Robot Arm are State-Only events; TPS is an event at each level of competition.


There is an impound on Boomilevers at all competitions (Towers were impounded last year).
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby sjwon3789 » February 17th, 2013, 4:26 pm

Does anyone know what efficiency score (1st place)Longfellow MS received for Boomilever?

Thanks!
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Postby Skyrenify » February 17th, 2013, 4:38 pm

Boomilevers were impounded D:
I was a bit confused that they didn't tell us earlier.

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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby sjwon3789 » February 18th, 2013, 10:46 am

Awww :( Did you get a penalty for that?
You should check in the clarifications next time, just in case something is up. here
Remember, states can change the rules. I mean, they have different rules / sheets for some events.
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby fishman100 » February 18th, 2013, 4:56 pm

Updated the wiki to reflect the results of the Charlottesville Regionals.

Anyone going to the Kilmer Regional? (I'll be there)

Skyrenify wrote:Boomilevers were impounded D:
I was a bit confused that they didn't tell us earlier.

As per the rules, booms aren't impounded (neither are bridges and towers), but all VA competitions require the device to be impounded. Don't know why but I suspect this is to prevent teams from building their device that morning after seeing other devices (being transported, etc).
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby sjwon3789 » February 18th, 2013, 7:00 pm

I'll be attending the Kilmer Regionals representing Lake Braddock SS, but I'm in division B. But since we have boomilever, we might past each other during the test (if division B and C aren't separated).
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Postby sjwon3789 » February 18th, 2013, 8:18 pm

By the way, do you think VA will be lucky enough to send two teams this year? When is this page, here, going to be updated?
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Postby Luo » February 18th, 2013, 8:39 pm

sjwon3789 wrote:By the way, do you think VA will be lucky enough to send two teams this year? When is this page, here, going to be updated?

Last year, Virginia was 21 Division B team registrations away from getting a second Division B national tournament invitation, and 18 Division C team registrations away from getting a second Division C national tournament invitation. As such, it is very unlikely that Virginia will receive a second national tournament invitation for either division, given that Virginia's Division B registrations rose by 12 from last year to this year (45 to 57) and its Division C registrations fell by 1 from last year to this year (49 to 48). (See here for last year's registration numbers and here for this year's Virginia registration numbers.)

The Number of Teams per State Wiki page is updated when the official numbers are posted on soinc.org, which will be later in the spring. Also, be aware that the numbers on the page are registrations for combined Division B + Division C, so the order of team registration totals on the page does not necessarily reflect the order in which states will be given a second national tournament invitation in either division.
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby fishman100 » February 19th, 2013, 6:19 am

To add, VA is also limiting the amount of B teams that advance to States this year, so an additional nats slot is pretty much out of the question.
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby nejanimb » February 21st, 2013, 1:48 pm

fishman100 wrote:To add, VA is also limiting the amount of B teams that advance to States this year, so an additional nats slot is pretty much out of the question.


Well those schools still count toward your number for Nationals Slots determination, even if they won't be at States.

I enjoyed the Charlottesville regional last weekend and will be at the Kilmer Regional as well. I'm the supervisor for Experimental Design and wrote the test for Fermi Questions.

Good luck as the season progresses!
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby sjwon3789 » March 2nd, 2013, 9:22 pm

If anyone's impatient for the unofficial results, here it is for division C: http://i.imgur.com/j2wt6G3.jpg?2
Wondering if anyone has division B :P

I could have done better :cry:
I made some modifications in the morning and that made the loading block situate awkwardly on my boomilever, slightly resting on the tension members. As a result, the glue bond let go.
When closing my Keep the Heat device, the lid unattached to the box. :oops: This lowered my heat retention, different from my prediction.
For Write it, Do it, my partner didn't build half the things and we still placed 3rd :D
And Metric Mastery...the stations were quite strange...

How'd you guys do?
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby fishman100 » March 3rd, 2013, 6:08 am

Congrats to everyone, it was a fun tournament.

Boom didn't go that well because I failed to make strong connections at the distal end, so one of the tension members sheared off at about 2 kilos. During gravity, one wheel fell off while we were setting up for our 2nd run, so we had to spend extra time repairing it. As a result we didn't get our 2nd run in because we ran out of time. Rocks went well though.

Also it was nice meeting you nejanimb.
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Postby nejanimb » March 3rd, 2013, 7:54 am

Pleasure to meet you as well. Definitely a good event, and the step up in competition from Charlottesville was noticeable.

Looks like TJ ran away with it. Going 2-3-4 in my event and having seen their labs, its not hard to understand how. Are Fairfax and Langley going to do a better job preparing for States?
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby Luo » March 4th, 2013, 3:07 pm

I seem to recall TJHSST winning regionals over Langley and Fairfax last year too, but then falling to third place at state behind those two teams. I wonder why this is. Simply Langley/Fairfax buckling down between regionals and state? Or something more complex?
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Re: Virginia 2013

Postby sjwon3789 » March 4th, 2013, 3:13 pm

I heard from my school that TJHSST had 6 members in their team but I feel like the rumor's a lie... I looked back at the 2012 regional chart and there's 3 teams for TJHSST. But, I think the top 3 (Fairfax, TJHSST, Langley) are roughly equal in last year's scoring because 1st place and 3rd place are 12 points apart.

Ugh...I hate how Longfellow just dominates division B.
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