Forensics: Test was moderately difficult and a very doable length. Used seeds and soils which I've never seen before in all of my years doing Forensics, which psyched me out for a few minutes until I realized they were all pretty generic and easy to identify. If you have done rocks and minerals before, you probably would have had a nice advantage when they asked about the soil color with specific rocks and minerals present. Either way, it wasn't a huge portion of the test and was a nice learning experience. Helpful proctors.
Remote Sensing: Test was stations and time was a bit tight at each station, but if you had a firm grasp on the event and generally knew what you were doing (which I did not haha), it shouldn't have been any problem. All of the questions were multiple choice which I suppose made it easier to grade since the proctors could use a scantron app, but it did lack a bit on the math side I feel.
Mousetrap Vehicle: I have no complaints, except for at times the line backed up a bit but other than that the event was run incredibly well and the proctors definitely knew what they were doing.
Write-it-do-it: My partner and I usually do very well at WIDI, but this model was a real curve ball. It was a bunch of lizard/gecko/shark/ray paper cutouts that the do-er had to cut from a sheet of paper and stick to this sticky foam board along with a few pipe cleaners and some string. The pipe cleaners and string were pretty easy, but it was incredibly difficult to describe the animals because they all looked the same... looking at the rubric it's unclear whether or not a specific type of gecko had to go in one specific place or if any gecko would suffice so long as there was a gecko at that location. But other than my personal disdain for this model, it was certainly a much-appreciated learning experience.
Our middle school attends the div b invitational every year so even though this was the first time our C team attended the invitational in a few years, I knew the tournament would be run well and the caliber of competition present, exceptional - I was right.