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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby scioly2012 » February 16th, 2018, 9:23 am

My reviews:

Remote Sensing: a solid test overall; it covered all topics well and had an appropriate difficulty level. The math was a bit easier than I was expecting, but I liked how some of the math questions were really creative (#methaneCowsFTW).

Dynamic Planet: easily the most tragic test I've ever taken, out of Science Olympiad, out of regular classes, out of anything I've found online...it had so many random and tough concepts from geology that we ended up guessing on pretty much everything past the first page, and I didn't even realize that there was a guessing penalty on the multiple choice... I'm surprised that we did so well (20th!)

Experimental Design: well-run, interesting topic, not much to say here.

Game On: the topic was a little silly, to say the least. I felt pretty iced after that event. Nice touch with having two people grade the game then averaging the scores! I haven't seen this done at any tournament so far, but I would imagine that having two people grade substantially reduces the randomness involved in grading this event.

Hovercraft: the test was a little short/easy for 40 minutes, but it was a solid test that covered most of the mechanics event topics well. The last question in particular was really interesting and we spent most of the time working on that question, although I thought Scioly wasn't supposed to ask questions that require Calculus? I wish there had been a bit more fluid dynamics questions, but it was a fine test overall. Kudos to the really nice scratch paper the supervisor provided!
Am i allowed to ask for the theme for game on and the materials for experimental design?
All the exams have been publicly released on their website. You can find them there.
As you might guess from my username, I was the 'supervisor' for Fermi Questions and Dynamic Planet;
Honestly I don't think I could've guessed based only on username lol heh, but then again we never met last weekend so...ye.

EDIT: maybe I also don't know enough about anime :P
Has anyone been able to find the exams on the website? I scoured every page but can't find them :cry:

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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby pb5754[] » February 16th, 2018, 9:37 am


Am i allowed to ask for the theme for game on and the materials for experimental design?
All the exams have been publicly released on their website. You can find them there.
As you might guess from my username, I was the 'supervisor' for Fermi Questions and Dynamic Planet;
Honestly I don't think I could've guessed based only on username lol heh, but then again we never met last weekend so...ye.

EDIT: maybe I also don't know enough about anime :P
Has anyone been able to find the exams on the website? I scoured every page but can't find them :cry:
It was posted on the Day-Of Page

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/26udqtjmuhve ... l8dFa?dl=0

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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby scioly2012 » February 16th, 2018, 11:09 am


All the exams have been publicly released on their website. You can find them there.



Honestly I don't think I could've guessed based only on username lol heh, but then again we never met last weekend so...ye.

EDIT: maybe I also don't know enough about anime :P
Has anyone been able to find the exams on the website? I scoured every page but can't find them :cry:
It was posted on the Day-Of Page

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/26udqtjmuhve ... l8dFa?dl=0
Thank youuuuu :D

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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby daydreamer0023 » February 16th, 2018, 4:38 pm

Just wondering for those teams that went to MIT and PUSO, which one did you prefer? Princeton was by far the best invitational I have ever attended. Everything ran very smoothly, on time, and directions (map/campus) were easy to follow. I heard about the Game On debacle at MIT as well as the Towers issue and how Code Busters actually didn't have enough copies for each team.

Just my two cents: PUSO was the better invitational but MIT is the traditional place for top teams. Where are you guys thinking of going next year?
I've only been to one invite: MIT. And that was this year. That being said, our team noticed there were less signs (albeit still plenty of signs but there were plastic fold-able easel-like holders that usually sit in the middle of a path, if that makes any sense) around the different buildings to direct us to places compared to at Nats in the past couple years. The signs also didn't list the directions to all of the events, so you would have to make a couple inferences and have good map reading skills (which our team was unfortunately lacking in), which was especially important since there was a decent bit of detours due to construction. A couple of my teammates and I went in a circle to get to home base.

And then my Forensics partner and I were late to Forensics because of:

1) A wrong turn (which was kind of our fault)
2) We arrived at the building with two minutes to go...only to find the outside door with the sign on it to be locked. We had to follow a couple of MIT students through the basement (due to construction) with another lost competitor, then couldn't find the room because sign near the elevator was inconclusive (the other competitor who was with us actually had gotten into the building before but couldn't find the room so he left, and was now stuck with us). Somehow we made our way to the room after we ran into another MIT student who showed us there.

That, to say the least, was a nightmare. Thankfully, the event supervisor was nice enough to let us in at all (thanks Pikachu :) ). We lost 5-15 minutes total on the test from the setup lecture/being late, which goes to saying that directions could have been a bit more clear and the door could have not been locked.

The only reason we didn't go to Princeton this year as our primary choice was because it was a week after our regional tournament, so the turnaround time would have been very bad, especially since it would have been our first competitive out of state invite in our team's recent years. If it had been held on a different weekend, perhaps earlier, we might have gone there instead.
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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby pikachu4919 » February 20th, 2018, 7:07 pm

Just wondering for those teams that went to MIT and PUSO, which one did you prefer? Princeton was by far the best invitational I have ever attended. Everything ran very smoothly, on time, and directions (map/campus) were easy to follow. I heard about the Game On debacle at MIT as well as the Towers issue and how Code Busters actually didn't have enough copies for each team.

Just my two cents: PUSO was the better invitational but MIT is the traditional place for top teams. Where are you guys thinking of going next year?
I've only been to one invite: MIT. And that was this year. That being said, our team noticed there were less signs (albeit still plenty of signs but there were plastic fold-able easel-like holders that usually sit in the middle of a path, if that makes any sense) around the different buildings to direct us to places compared to at Nats in the past couple years. The signs also didn't list the directions to all of the events, so you would have to make a couple inferences and have good map reading skills (which our team was unfortunately lacking in), which was especially important since there was a decent bit of detours due to construction. A couple of my teammates and I went in a circle to get to home base.

And then my Forensics partner and I were late to Forensics because of:

1) A wrong turn (which was kind of our fault)
2) We arrived at the building with two minutes to go...only to find the outside door with the sign on it to be locked. We had to follow a couple of MIT students through the basement (due to construction) with another lost competitor, then couldn't find the room because sign near the elevator was inconclusive (the other competitor who was with us actually had gotten into the building before but couldn't find the room so he left, and was now stuck with us). Somehow we made our way to the room after we ran into another MIT student who showed us there.

That, to say the least, was a nightmare. Thankfully, the event supervisor was nice enough to let us in at all (thanks Pikachu :) ). We lost 5-15 minutes total on the test from the setup lecture/being late, which goes to saying that directions could have been a bit more clear and the door could have not been locked.

The only reason we didn't go to Princeton this year as our primary choice was because it was a week after our regional tournament, so the turnaround time would have been very bad, especially since it would have been our first competitive out of state invite in our team's recent years. If it had been held on a different weekend, perhaps earlier, we might have gone there instead.
NGL I even thought my space was hard to find, and I got lost later in the day when trying to walk from the lab to HQ :P could just be the fact that I wasn’t a student there, but yes, everything was much easier to find at Princeton (then again idk if I can say much about that since the lab I was in for Princeton was basically across the street from HQ...only annoying thing was that someone had to come with me in the case that the building was card-locked, but that’s also something that comes with being there but not being a student that actually goes there)
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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby kenniky » February 20th, 2018, 7:53 pm

Just wondering for those teams that went to MIT and PUSO, which one did you prefer? Princeton was by far the best invitational I have ever attended. Everything ran very smoothly, on time, and directions (map/campus) were easy to follow. I heard about the Game On debacle at MIT as well as the Towers issue and how Code Busters actually didn't have enough copies for each team.

Just my two cents: PUSO was the better invitational but MIT is the traditional place for top teams. Where are you guys thinking of going next year?
I've only been to one invite: MIT. And that was this year. That being said, our team noticed there were less signs (albeit still plenty of signs but there were plastic fold-able easel-like holders that usually sit in the middle of a path, if that makes any sense) around the different buildings to direct us to places compared to at Nats in the past couple years. The signs also didn't list the directions to all of the events, so you would have to make a couple inferences and have good map reading skills (which our team was unfortunately lacking in), which was especially important since there was a decent bit of detours due to construction. A couple of my teammates and I went in a circle to get to home base.

And then my Forensics partner and I were late to Forensics because of:

1) A wrong turn (which was kind of our fault)
2) We arrived at the building with two minutes to go...only to find the outside door with the sign on it to be locked. We had to follow a couple of MIT students through the basement (due to construction) with another lost competitor, then couldn't find the room because sign near the elevator was inconclusive (the other competitor who was with us actually had gotten into the building before but couldn't find the room so he left, and was now stuck with us). Somehow we made our way to the room after we ran into another MIT student who showed us there.

That, to say the least, was a nightmare. Thankfully, the event supervisor was nice enough to let us in at all (thanks Pikachu :) ). We lost 5-15 minutes total on the test from the setup lecture/being late, which goes to saying that directions could have been a bit more clear and the door could have not been locked.

The only reason we didn't go to Princeton this year as our primary choice was because it was a week after our regional tournament, so the turnaround time would have been very bad, especially since it would have been our first competitive out of state invite in our team's recent years. If it had been held on a different weekend, perhaps earlier, we might have gone there instead.
NGL I even thought my space was hard to find, and I got lost later in the day when trying to walk from the lab to HQ :P could just be the fact that I wasn’t a student there, but yes, everything was much easier to find at Princeton (then again idk if I can say much about that since the lab I was in for Princeton was basically across the street from HQ...only annoying thing was that someone had to come with me in the case that the building was card-locked, but that’s also something that comes with being there but not being a student that actually goes there)
To be fair Forensics at MIT is an outlier rather than the norm
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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby CMS AC » May 24th, 2018, 10:27 am

Is there any way Princeton University will expand to division B?

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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby pb5754[] » May 24th, 2018, 10:30 am

Is there any way Princeton University will expand to division B?
I don't think so... a lot of time and resources go into running an invitational, and I would think that it isn't logistically possible for them to host another division.

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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby CMS AC » May 24th, 2018, 10:31 am

Also, is it true that south will have an invitational? Heard a rumor lol.

edit: west windsor plainsboro south

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Re: 2018 Princeton University Invitational

Postby knottingpurple » May 24th, 2018, 7:31 pm

Also, is it true that south will have an invitational? Heard a rumor lol.

edit: west windsor plainsboro south
It's in planning stages, so its existence is still tentative, but it will definitely be posted about on the forums when there are more details to post.

Source: I'm at South, although I'm graduating, and I am super hype because it will probably be during my winter break and maybe I can fly home and volunteer because volunteering at WWPMT was always my favorite thing (and since you're from WWP, maybe you've heard of that as well idk? Basically, South hosts a math tournament for elementary and middle school kids and some of them know more calculus than me what even) so hopefully this would be fun as well? Yayyyyyyy
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