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Postby death_owl » April 25th, 2013, 6:30 pm

Dang. I have to say.. This is a event much like Triple E..but many more species..and a WHOLE binder=__=
But.. The rules are very clear and I'm looking forward to this event. It will require a lot of studying and note making and article printing >__<

Rules: http://www.soinc.org/sites/default/file ... ecies3.pdf :geek:

One concern I do have is.. How broad this event is. ANYTHING could come on this (not literally..but..you get what I mean :mrgreen: )

SOOO MUCHHH STUDYING. SOOOO MUCHHH FUNNNNN (sarcasm very much intended)

Any questions? Because if YOU ask.. I might remember some xD
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Postby hscmom » April 26th, 2013, 12:42 pm

Well, let's share some ideas here.

We're making binders that follow the format of the species list (so four categories) and a section for rules and the list and a section for general information.

Both students will have a binder for studying but we'll take in one binder.
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Postby death_owl » April 29th, 2013, 4:38 pm

hscmom wrote:Well, let's share some ideas here.

We're making binders that follow the format of the species list (so four categories) and a section for rules and the list and a section for general information.

Both students will have a binder for studying but we'll take in one binder.


Yea... That's what we're doing too. There's just so much material to cover.. It's kind of nerve-racking.. And the fact that there is only about 3 weeks..or less than that.. THERE'S JUST SO MUCH MORE TO DO...goodbye sleep.. We shall reunite after May 18.
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Postby ILoveEgretsClub » May 4th, 2013, 11:33 am

Just confirming that I'm not the only one having an anxiety attack because of this event...

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Postby death_owl » May 5th, 2013, 8:26 pm

ILoveEgretsClub wrote:Just confirming that I'm not the only one having an anxiety attack because of this event...

BELIEVE ME..YOU AREN'T...I HAVE QUIT TRYING IN ALL MY OTHER CLASSES CUZ THIS EVENT IS JUST........ WIHAFOESKJDL WIJEASFKDL...........well..besides geometry..that counts xD
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Postby hscmom » May 9th, 2013, 1:23 pm

Well, I figure that you do the best with the time you got. Teams that have Invasive in their state, or knew that they were going to Nat's months ago have had months to study, configure their notebooks, and read up on the subject.

Those of us who weren't really expecting to do this (and have State late in the season) have our three weeks to prep.

And...

It is what it is. It's a trial event and that's all. Of course you want to do well but in the grand scheme of things... Oh, just go have fun with it. Not worth the anxiety and stress.

Here take some St. Johns Wort and calm down...

Looking forward to it being a real event soon. It really is interesting.
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Postby ILoveEgretsClub » May 15th, 2013, 9:17 pm

I've hit the after hours of cramming for this event.
Let's pretend I'm going to do well...
before I throw myself off the nearest cliff.
This better be an event next year so I can keep the binder hahaha

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Postby hscmom » May 16th, 2013, 7:07 pm

ILoveEgretsClub wrote:This better be an event next year so I can keep the binder hahaha


I don't remember seeing it on the tentative event list for 2013-14. Too bad because it's awfully fun. We just moved from a 3" binder to a 4" (and most are double sided sheets!) We'll hang on to that binder because maybe one day it will be a "real" event.

We took a long road trip getting here to Nationals, with a side trip to Michigan last weekend. Road trips can get boring but we have had fun looking for invasive species along the way, both on the road and in the yards of the homes we visited and I think we've seen about 10 different invasive plants.

Yes, I hope it's a real event some day. I want to coach it...
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Postby Seracon » May 16th, 2013, 10:10 pm

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Postby hscmom » May 18th, 2013, 9:48 pm

Way to go, Manuel and Brian! Our team's first national gold.
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Postby ILoveEgretsClub » May 20th, 2013, 9:27 am

Anyone from Muscatel or Marie Murphy here? I think all three of us would like explanations, hahaha.
I really don't know what happened, because my partner and I are 200% sure that our performance wasn't 52nd place. Sure we didn't do the best, but there's no way that we placed basically 2nd to last (excluding the teams that didn't do it and the teams that somehow got DQ'd from a study event?).
All I'm saying is that it's unusual for such strong teams to do so poorly.

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Postby hscmom » May 27th, 2013, 7:30 am

ILoveEgretsClub wrote:All I'm saying is that it's unusual for such strong teams to do so poorly.


I'm brand new to this Nationals thing (and hope it wasn't a one-time fluke that we got there) but to me it seems like the strong teams do very well on the events that repeat year after year (or cycle). They've got those down and know what to expect on a National test, while the weaker teams haven't exactly cracked the code on these events. But, with new events such as this year's trial events, nobody, strong team or not, has exactly figured out the formula for success on it yet, so it's more of an open field and none of the stronger teams have older teammates or coaches giving out hints on how to medal in them... Yet...
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Postby death_owl » May 27th, 2013, 9:26 am

hscmom wrote:
ILoveEgretsClub wrote:All I'm saying is that it's unusual for such strong teams to do so poorly.


I'm brand new to this Nationals thing (and hope it wasn't a one-time fluke that we got there) but to me it seems like the strong teams do very well on the events that repeat year after year (or cycle). They've got those down and know what to expect on a National test, while the weaker teams haven't exactly cracked the code on these events. But, with new events such as this year's trial events, nobody, strong team or not, has exactly figured out the formula for success on it yet, so it's more of an open field and none of the stronger teams have older teammates or coaches giving out hints on how to medal in them... Yet...


That is true. Trial events are 45% luck and 55% studying/building. Medaling or not, it was still a unforgettable experience right? And that's what really matters. :)
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Postby erikb » May 28th, 2013, 10:32 am

hscmom wrote:
ILoveEgretsClub wrote:All I'm saying is that it's unusual for such strong teams to do so poorly.


I'm brand new to this Nationals thing (and hope it wasn't a one-time fluke that we got there) but to me it seems like the strong teams do very well on the events that repeat year after year (or cycle). They've got those down and know what to expect on a National test, while the weaker teams haven't exactly cracked the code on these events. But, with new events such as this year's trial events, nobody, strong team or not, has exactly figured out the formula for success on it yet, so it's more of an open field and none of the stronger teams have older teammates or coaches giving out hints on how to medal in them... Yet...

Keep in mind that trial events are random. Some states have them at the state level. Many do not.

Most teams don't even look at the event until after they win state and the event normally goes to an alternate. Who gets it not because they love the subject but because it's what they get.

However, in no way am i diminishing the accomplishment of winning at nationals. It is still a feat and a demonstration of hard work.

As far as the new events are weak for the strong teams. I would like to point out that Solon (C) was top ten in 18 events and not a single event below 30th. Placing 2nd in mag lev, Elastic launch glider 14th and material science 7th all brand new this year. In fact of those three events, the top schools were predominately in the top 20. An amazing feat.

The top 7 teams averaged top 10 in at least 14 events and only a handful of events were they below the top 20.

The strong teams are strong because they practice, study and compete to win at nationals. Their is no secret code to crack. The best students with the hardest work ethic, win. Those kids know the subject and are prepared for anything that the judges at nationals will throw at them, no matter how obscure.

And be very proud of your team. First time at nationals, top 30 placement and two medals. But, don't show up to the party knocking the top teams. Nothing about the top teams is weak. They are strong in every single event.
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Postby erikb » May 28th, 2013, 11:17 am

At nationals every test is available after the event.
http://www.soinc.org/preparation_tips

Everyone starts out on the same foot come next sept/oct (when the rules come out). All the national tests are out there to study. There is no secret stash of national test knowledge.
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