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Fast Facts B

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Postby texas » Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:16 pm

Link to my Fast Facts Practice Test: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h9u ... sp=sharing
(I'm sorry if it's bad, it's my first time making my own test)

Link to John Richardsim's Fast Facts Practice Test: http://scioly.org/wiki/images/5/5a/Fast ... SSSS16.pdf
Link to Test Notes: http://scioly.org/wiki/images/c/cb/Fast ... SSSS16.pdf
Link to Key: http://scioly.org/wiki/images/b/b3/Fast ... SSSS16.pdf
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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby Scientific Dragon » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:19 pm

How specific are the categories?

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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby Unome » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:35 pm

Scientific Dragon wrote:How specific are the categories?

The categories can be to any degree of specificity that the event supervisor chooses; since it's a new event and there aren't many tests yet, it'll be hard to tell. Based on the wording and examples from the rules and on soinc.org, I wouldn't expect anything as specific as, say, "Types of Muscular Dystrophies," or something super-specific like that, although broad categories like "Physics" might appear. Is there anything that you're thinking of in general?

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Postby k1213693 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:51 pm

Scientific Dragon wrote:How specific are the categories?


I think the most specific one I can recall is North American Trees, though usually they are quite general, like Dinosaurs, Scientific Laws, Bones, Human Organs, and Weather Phenomena.
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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby k1213693 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:52 pm

Why is this a lab event?
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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby Unome » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:38 pm

k1213693 wrote:Why is this a lab event?

Probably because it involves a lot of strategy to maximize points (and also because Inquiry events are generally thought of as lab events).
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Postby chalker » Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:18 pm

Unome wrote:
k1213693 wrote:Why is this a lab event?

Probably because it involves a lot of strategy to maximize points (and also because Inquiry events are generally thought of as lab events).


Note, SO doesn't officially categorize events as Lab vs. Test vs. Building. Any such categorization like you see on SciOly is done unofficially.

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Postby Dat_soccer_girl_16 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:44 pm

How do you study for an event like this? It seems to me that a lot of the fast facts catagories involve many other events

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Postby SPP SciO » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:00 pm

Dat_soccer_girl_16 wrote:How do you study for an event like this? It seems to me that a lot of the fast facts catagories involve many other events


Every now and then I'll give my students an index card with a category on it, something that pops into my head - maybe, solar system objects, or herbivores, or mountains, etc - and their task is to write an example for as many letters as they can on the back. What they don't know, they'll look up. The result is a growing stack of cards. Some categories are rather predictable - you just KNOW you're going to have "Elements of the Periodic Table" in some competition or another. Of course, you can also anticipate some weird categories that you simply can't think to prepare for.

Since this event is pretty light on preparation and relies heavily on general background knowledge, as a coach, I'd strongly suggest looking at your tournament schedule, and picking the two "smartest" (most well read, most science courses taken, etc) students that are free during that time. It doesn't even seem like teamwork is an issue with this event - any two brains are better than one.

Unrelated: has anyone had experience scoring this event? I could imagine this being a nightmare; constantly having to Google up student responses you didn't anticipate to see if they get credit, arguing over whether or not to accept a particular answer, etc. Unless the categories are very limited (like, Elements, for example) it must be impossible to create a reliable answer key.
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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby Unome » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:16 pm

SPP SciO wrote:Unrelated: has anyone had experience scoring this event? I could imagine this being a nightmare; constantly having to Google up student responses you didn't anticipate to see if they get credit, arguing over whether or not to accept a particular answer, etc. Unless the categories are very limited (like, Elements, for example) it must be impossible to create a reliable answer key.

I have no direct experience, but I've heard from the teams that scored the event at two invitationals in the area that it's very difficult. For both tournaments (FSA with 24 teams and Chattahoochee with 36) the event supervisors brought 5 or 6 graders.
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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby freed2003 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:27 am

Does anyone have any tips on studying for fast facts? I'm currently in the midst of creating lists a-z of different categories but that take a lot of time and I would have to go back and memorize all of them.
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Postby snorrio » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:22 pm

freed2003 wrote:Does anyone have any tips on studying for fast facts? I'm currently in the midst of creating lists a-z of different categories but that take a lot of time and I would have to go back and memorize all of them.

I suggest making and taking practice tests.
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Postby MMP01 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:39 pm

I have just helped administer and score Fast Facts. easy to administer, NOT easy to score and took us all day. It was run at 8am with all teams present, so it was administered just once, which I found to be great. it took us until 3pm to finish grading, we did take a short lunch break.
It was very helpful to have 4 graders (more may be better) and the event supervisor had each person working on one specific column for consistency. We double checked each persons totals as well, finding some addition/counting errors so it is a good thing to double check each other. we collaborated a lot on what to accept as correct answers as well as Googled anything that was in question.
a few things i found:
the event supervisor must decide how detailed or broad they are looking for. if your category is not specific then it can be left to interpretation.
our event supervisor took the time to explain to the kids what she was looking for before the event started and some tips and reminders
the biggest area we weren't sure about and had to make a decision on was what happens when a student puts down more than one answer in a block and one of those answers is correct but another is incorrect? no half credits can be given so we chose not to give credit at all for that block if any of the answers were incorrect.

I will be running this event in about a month so if there are any other tips and tricks or any comments on the above please let me know.
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Re: Fast Facts B

Postby chick-fil-a for life » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:50 am

What general topics do you think we must know for sure? I haven't really studied at all. :P


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