My partners and I did Experimental Design at Nationals this year (Division B). I thought that we followed the rubric really well, but we got in the 20s. I know our experiment was trash, but I didn't think that it affected as that much. I was wondering if there is anything significant that was emphasized when they graded the test? Is there anything my partners and I should focus on for next year?
Also is there anyway I could contact the event supervisor for Division B, I couldn't find the contact email on the National Website.
Thanks in advance.
It's very unlikely the event supervisor could provide you with any specific info. They didn't retain any of the physical papers, which were all turned in to the SO HQ and are likely disposed of by now.
Via the magic of data analysis, I can tell you are from Fred J. Carnage M.S. and got 24th place. You missed a medal by 12 points, which really could be from any combination of a few minor issues on the rubric.
One thing people tend to forgot is that at Nationals you are competing against 59 other teams, each of which are the best teams in their respective states. EVERYONE is bringing their 'A' game to the tournament, and as a result the slightest minor error can cause your rank to drop lots of places.