I wasn't in the event, but I was there during the discussion with the judges. The big thing that I could recall is that they didn't mark off the 1 meter by 1.5 meter box the device had to be in. You just had to be behind the line. This is in direct contradiction to the rules, which state:To Doggalina: How were they not following the rules?
Because the device simply had to be behind the line, participants could adjust their trajectories simply by moving it back far enough so that they'd hit the target.When instructed by the event supervisor(s), the students will place their device anywhere in a rectangular launch area 1 meter wide (perpendicular to the launch direction) and 1.5 meters long. The launch area will be designated by tape on the floor.
They did after some teams had already gone, sans box. THAT is what the problem was. Everybody didn't compete under identical conditions.I see
So did they mark off the box then during the competition or something? If so, do you know when that was?
Thanks to all of you for your help.
Bleck, the health science test was very short, didn't test over much of the broad range of topics listed in the rules, and there was practically nothing on disorders. Technically, the question on which blood cell's hormone was secreted from the liver could be classified under hematopoiesis, which is in the rules, as is the lymphatic system (with circulatory.) The skull, however, wasn't supposed to come in until nationals. Oh well. The reason the heart question was used as a tie-breaker was that a bunch of teams in the evens block asked questions about what the diagram was asking for, as it was unclear whether it was pointing to the chordae tendonae or the ventricles. The event coordinators just got fed up and made it a tiebreaker.But like really almost half of the events were messed up. My health science test had stuff about the endocrine system and lymphatic system, when its supposed to be cardiovascular and skeletal. The tie-breaker was labeling the heart, which is what the test should be. Really if we took out all the events that were messed up there would only be about half left.
I can't believe they think they can run a national competition when they didn't even have an area large enough for our awards ceremony. I definitely can't see them getting to host nationals ever.If I recall correctly, IUPUI was actually given state this year because they're trying to bid for the national competition. In order to get nationals, you have to prove to the committee that you can successfully run a rather large state competition. Doesn't sound like they're off to a very hot start if they messed up badly enough that the winner comes down to arbitration and a completely botched event. Not to mention events not up to par with the typical Indiana state quality.
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