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Re: Pentathalon

Post by GGuy5 » April 30th, 2009, 7:42 pm

AsllaPiscu wrote:Lol I LOVED this event. I got to jump rope and blow off some steeeaaaaam.
exactly why i like it
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Post by tigerman0828 » May 1st, 2009, 10:16 pm

i was on asalapiscus team and i felt terrible. i couldn't get a beanbag in a hoop from 10ft. away.
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Re: Pentathalon

Post by JonnyC » May 2nd, 2009, 10:40 am

Heh here's what we did at states.

Station 1-Biology
-Match kingdom with the description and picture of an organism
-Sweep a bottle into a box

Station 2-
-I think my partner had to answer a question about sublimation
-Egg on spoon

Station 3-
-Identify mystery mineral with a chart of properties
-Jump rope

Station 4
-Balance a chemical equation
-Knock down graduated cylinders with tennis balls

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Re: Pentathalon

Post by denmarksoccer » May 2nd, 2009, 11:23 am

We got 5th place in this event at states, and I got to wear a bucket on my head!
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Pentathlon-1@ regs, 4@ states, 16@ nationals
Road Scholar-2@ regs, 8@ states, 31st@ nationals
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Re: Pentathalon

Post by haven chuck » May 2nd, 2009, 1:11 pm

What do you mean? Also, at regionals i rode a tricycle all the way to 3rd place :D
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Post by denmarksoccer » May 2nd, 2009, 1:17 pm

haven chuck wrote:What do you mean? Also, at regionals i rode a tricycle all the way to 3rd place :D
Whoever was doing the challenge at the time had to have a bucket on their head.
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Pentathlon-1@ regs, 4@ states, 16@ nationals
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Physical Science Lab- 38@ nationals
Team-1@ regs, 2@ states, 19@ nationals

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Re: Pentathalon

Post by haven chuck » May 2nd, 2009, 1:18 pm

wow, that sounds fun but ridiculus. Point being, bad event, though we medaled at both comps so... :)
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Post by EastStroudsburg13 » May 2nd, 2009, 2:59 pm

Yeah, I got to film it, it was interesting. Plus at the end they had those "buddy walk" things, that was fun to watch. Too bad it was an epic failure for us. :( (academic part, not physical)
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Re: Pentathalon

Post by yoyosciencekid23 » May 4th, 2009, 4:01 pm

this event also irks me
we got 22 out of 35 teams
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Re: Pentathalon

Post by odonatan » May 6th, 2009, 12:17 pm

When this event still existed when I was young enough to compete, we had many of the same complaints as all of you have - this is silly, it doesn't fit in with the rest of the competition, it's too random and unpredictable, there's no way to prepare effectively, the physical parts aren't hard and they don't make sense.

Duh.

Unfortunately, you realize later in your careers if you stay with science oriented work that all of those things are still irritating and still true. A great deal of your success with those areas is going to be connected to how dexterous and physically capable, albeit in separate ways, that you either are or can become. If you cannot implement your ideas, then they remain ideas.

It's easy - yup. It's going to STAY easy. The rules have always been written such that you need to have teams in and out in under 10-15 minutes. The greater complexity your event supervisor introduces into any tasks, whether they be physical or scientific, risks the chance of having people spend a LOT of time on them or not finish and have to be moved on, which presents scoring problems. The hardest part of this event is DESIGNING something useful. I've been doing it for awhile and it's extremely frustrating.

Too hard to practice? Yes, it was, and it is, and it will be. You don't need to practice or try and anticipate everything they're going to give you to know or do or figure out, because you're not going to be able to get into their heads anyway. But what you CAN practice overall are two things. One, know what they expect you to know, which is at a minimum what you're supposed to know just from school - all your basic math and science. Two, it's a 4 person team event. You should be able to work together, problem solve as a team, and know each other's strengths and weaknesses.

For those of you who are just still pigeon that this event 'replaces' others, Science Olympiad rotates events between divisions and in and out of 'service' all the time. Part of the reason for that is that people just get too good at some things, and also that it's just better to keep everyone fresh and honest.

Good luck to everyone making the trip to Augusta next week!

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