Pentathalon

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Re: Pentathalon

Postby denmarksoccer » May 2nd, 2009, 1:17 pm

What do you mean? Also, at regionals i rode a tricycle all the way to 3rd place :D
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Re: Pentathalon

Postby 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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Postby 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

Postby yoyosciencekid23 » May 4th, 2009, 4:01 pm

this event also irks me
we got 22 out of 35 teams
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Regionals: Crave the Wave-4th
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Re: Pentathalon

Postby 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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Re: Pentathalon

Postby fmtiger124 » May 6th, 2009, 3:57 pm

we've run into:
list the stages of mitosis
identify certain flower types(like an angiosperm)
how many bones in the human body
those all sound kind of hard depending on your grade if you havn't taken bio yet you would be screwed
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Re: Pentathalon

Postby yoyosciencekid23 » May 8th, 2009, 2:00 pm

we had a tough time with this because of that we had a sixth grader doing part of this
Regionals: Crave the Wave-4th
PSL-1st
Wright Stuff-3rd

States: Crave the Wave-9th
PSL-12th
Wright Stuff-9th
Write-it-Do-it-23rd

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Re: Pentathalon

Postby kp9ssa » May 8th, 2009, 2:42 pm

im a sixth grader and i messed everything up so my team won 12th out of 35
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Re: Pentathalon

Postby sadistic_cottoncandy » May 8th, 2009, 4:51 pm

don't worry about it too much...my friends and i were all put on pentathlon together, and whenever one of us messes up, we just laugh and make fun of whoever it was. we don't really care all that much. that's the way my friends and i usually work-we mess around and then we do really well. it's when we're really serious that we mess up a lot. so don't worry about it....just shrug it off and try again. learn from mistakes (if you know me at all, you'd probably be on the floor, rolling with laughter...i don't learn from my mistakes very well. but i can tell other people to. ;) )
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Re: Pentathalon

Postby croman74 » May 8th, 2009, 5:14 pm

im a sixth grader and i messed everything up so my team won 12th out of 35
12th isn't that bad.
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