Ohio 2015

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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by schist99centz » April 8th, 2015, 3:46 pm

Unome wrote:
ckssv07 wrote:If I remember correctly, it was Solon, Piedmont, Tower Heights, Magsig, Meads Mill.
At Regionals?
No, I think he was referring to this year's Solon Invitational.

P.S Solon got a score of around 75 at that tournament which is absolutely ridiculous

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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by Argus » April 11th, 2015, 3:52 pm

Does anyone know why air trajectory was made a trial event at states?

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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by jgrischow1 » April 11th, 2015, 5:13 pm

I saw they were using a crate instead of a 1-5 gallon bucket, could that be it?

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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by Asteroidea » April 11th, 2015, 5:30 pm

Anyone know results for States?

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Re: Ohio 2015

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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by meteorology125 » April 11th, 2015, 5:45 pm

Here are the results: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/conte ... byoNB?dl=1

Solon and Mentor Memorial are going to nationals for division B. Westlake LBMS was one point away from going to nationals. As a member of Westlake's team, this is one of the most disappointing things ever. Westlake has never been to nationals and it is extremely disappointing. I think this should bring up the point that the way to qualify for nationals is flawed. In a state like Ohio, there are more than two teams that should go to nationals. Many teams in Ohio are a lot more qualified to go to nationals than many other teams in other states. I think Science Olympiad should consider increasing the number of teams advancing to nationals in competitive states like Ohio.
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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by Milankovitch1 » April 11th, 2015, 5:49 pm

Milankovitch1 wrote:
c-padd1999 wrote:Who do you guys think will get second in the state as of right now? It's almost certain that Solon will win first, but second is a toss-up. Personally, my bet is on Mentor Memorial or Tower Heights middle school.
I think you have to consider Magsis, Westlake and Chardon, but Memorial has been splitting their teams all year so you never know. I say, Solon, Memorial, Magsig, Towers, Chardon, Westlake and Mentor Shore in that order. Good luck to all!
WOW, Memorial and Westlake, 1 pt apart for 2nd and 3rd. Both great teams. Great job to all.
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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by chalker » April 11th, 2015, 5:58 pm

Argus wrote:Does anyone know why air trajectory was made a trial event at states?

There were numerous issues with the way the event was run, and many complaints and arbitrations were submitted. The main event supervisor was new to running an event and while generally experienced with SO and interested in doing a good job, wasn't fully prepared when the event started. This resulted in delays and trying to scavenge up some missing materials (such as a milk crate instead of a bucket) , as well as some errors and inconsistencies in the application of the rules.

It was an obvious choice for all of us involved to make it a trial/pilot event, and we decided that early on before knowing any significant results. The 'good' news is that even if it wasn't made a trial/pilot event, the top team results would have been the same (i.e. the same teams would be going to nationals).

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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by chalker » April 11th, 2015, 6:10 pm

meteorology125 wrote: I think this should bring up the point that the way to qualify for nationals is flawed. In a state like Ohio, there are more than two teams that should go to nationals. Many teams in Ohio are a lot more qualified to go to nationals than many other teams in other states. I think Science Olympiad should consider increasing the number of teams advancing to nationals in competitive states like Ohio.
I know this is going to sting for a while for you all. Wanted to give you some perspective on why there really isn't a 'better' way. We bring 60 teams to Nationals in each division (120 teams total). It's really not logistically possible to increase that number very much if at all. There would be too many teams to realistically schedule / find space for. We have 50 state orgs, and we need to give each state at least 1 spot to be fair. That leaves only 10 additional spots to delegate (e.g. 10 states get to send 2 teams). We do that based upon total team registrations in each state (which is a reasonable quantifier for the competitiveness of that state). Right now, Ohio is something like the 6th or 7th on that list (e.g. there are at least 5 states ahead of us in terms of membership). In fact, Michigan and North Carolina have nearly DOUBLE the number of teams Ohio does, yet they both get to send only 2 teams in each division. Were we to start changing things up, they could potentially argue they should have 3 or 4 teams each, which might result in Ohio only sending 1 team! The bottom line is that the current method is the most reasonable and equitable way to do it within the constraints we have.

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Re: Ohio 2015

Post by magicalforest » April 11th, 2015, 6:31 pm

The We the People competition has an interesting system for qualifying for nationals. Their format is very similar to Science Olympiad- the national competition hosts 60 teams, and the State tournaments are spread out over several months leading up to nationals. Each of the 50 states is represented by the 1st place team, so there are 10 spots left for nationals. These 10 spots are known as "Wild Cards," given to teams that had very close scores to the 1st place team (such as losing by only 1-2 points) and also randomly given to States to send a second team. This format would also help introduce many new teams to the national competition.

Just a suggestion! Their website can be found here: http://www.civiced.org/programs/wtp

EDIT: This system does have a lot of drawbacks. As pointed out by Crazy Puny Man, it would create more anxiety if the States sending two teams was uncertain. The current system, while having its flaws, at least is consistent and systematic.
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