istou wrote:LA county. A well organized event but with really poor prepared tests by "big heads". Many rules can have different meanings. Write-it-do it was a blast designed for super small hands and sharp-shooter eyes, absolutely not possible to assemble. Caltech has provided really poor support for the SciO, IMHO, this time. Maybe it's time to ask for help from a "normal" schools, such as UCLA?
I find this post inappropriate and offensive. I've been coaching a middle school team in LA for 12 years and Science Olympiad in SoCal has grown thanks to the dedication of volunteers! The volunteers, most of which competed in Science Olympiad in middle school and high school, take time off their busy schedules to give back to our younger students. They serve as outstanding role models! The majority of the volunteers are Caltech students, but please know that UCLA, Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Occidental College were also represented. It was heartwarming to see my former team members, who are now undergrads at these colleges, serve as volunteer supervisors at LA County! All of them deserve to be commended not put down.
What's a "normal" school anyway??? That's offensive to my former team member who now goes to Caltech who also has volunteered in the past at a SoCal state tournament!
My team members came back from WIDI at LA County with the comment that the device was challenging but fair, and this is coming from an experienced pair from last year. Just because your team did not do well in the event doesn't automatically make the event unfair!