I'm not saying that it's unreal to think other teams will go, it is just unrealistic to expect that there won't be certain teams that go to nationals very often. They do so because they have science olympiad teams that consistently work hard. I am not saying that new teams can't make it, or that teams that have made it can't completely fall out of the real competition. If your team does work harder than either all, or all but one team in the state of Pennsylvania, you will probably wake it to nationals. If you don't, you probably won't. That is the way it works. That being said, I wish you the best of luck.
why does everyone talk about OHIO
beinfg the best state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is not better than PA or NY, if iuts is even equal with them its a miracle
And I astill believe 3 teams from EVERY STATE SHOULD GOOOOOOO!!!!!
Ohio is, at least for B division, consistently one of if not the best states in the nations. This is said by people, because it is demonstrated by the evidence. Ohio teams in B division consistently get 2 of the top 5 places at nationals, if they weren't one of if not the best state, then they wouldn't be able to do that.
Also sending 3 teams per state to nationals is impractical, and not a great idea. As is not every state sends a team at all, and most states only send one. For one thing it would not be a good or fair idea to give every state the same number of teams, because that means that you are giving unfair advantage to smaller states, or any states in which olympiad teams are low in number. It doesn't make sense to send 3 teams from Hawaii, and 3 teams from Michigan when Michigan has something like ten times as many teams. It doesn't make sense to send 3 teams from Oklahoma to nationals for each division, because that would mean that 75% of their teams would go.
The other reason why that is impractical is because it costs money to run nationals. Science olympiad is a non profit organization, and their funding is far from unlimited. If you had 150 teams in each division as you propose, the costs of running the competition would greatly increase, as would it's complexity. To test so many teams in so man events is incredibly difficult.
scienceolympiadist wrote:Ohio deserves to send 3 teams to Nationals. they are by far the most successful state in the Nation. even their 3rd place teams this year at States, Solon High School and Magsig Middle School, could have finished top 10 at Nationals easily.
I don't disagree, but Ohio is not the only state where a third team could possibly make top 10 at Nationals. Honestly I would say that Solon probably would have actually beaten Mentor at nationals, they really had a bad day at states. As for B division, I don't claim to know. There are other states that really could probably do the same though. The third and fourth place teams from Pennsylvania C this past year were good enough in comparison to Harriton and Penn Crest that I would not be at all suprised if they would have made the top 10 if they had gone.
Also I don't think that we should necessarily award more team to states based on merit, I think we should stay with the same method of allocating teams by number of teams. I mean without trial and error which I think would be pretty unfair, at least in the short term, how would you determine merit based team allocation? Though I do think that the strict 2 teams per state should be eliminated in one way. I think that, at least South California, if not North California as well, should get an additional team. This is because for Scioly purposes, it is already split into 2 states, and California has by far the largest population in the nation, as well as number of science olympiad teams (if you include North and South, it far surpasses any other state).