Experimental Design (19th): 5/10 While this event was run okay overall and the proctors knew what they were doing, I was disappointed with the actual prompt given. The topic of the experiment was momentum and they gave a ton of different sized balls as well some other materials that I don't recall. I was really looking forward to a topic that was more interesting and unique, as they are fun to do and they help differentiate teams better. Also, the proctors seemed a bit pushy with our team by making us describe our experiment halfway through the event and having us redo some portions of the procedure, which took away a good amount of time from us. Overall, I'd say that it was a pretty mediocre experience.
Hovercraft (4th): 7/10 Although I did not personally get to see the build portion for this event (I stayed behind while my partner handled the device testing), I heard it was run pretty well. The tracks were similar to the ones for MIT (or maybe the same, idk) which caused some issues for some other teams because of how slippery they were, but it didn't seem to be a problem for us. As for the test, it was definitely a bit on the easy side and I wished it could've been more challenging. Furthermore, a lot of the questions were pulled straight out of last years Hovercraft nationals test as well, which was a bit irking to see. Despite this, the test had a couple good questions (I liked the calc questions spread out across the test!) and I had an overall good experience taking it.
Remote Sensing (1st): 9/10 I felt that this test was exceptionally hard (I actually thought it was harder than last years) and my partner and I had a ton of fun taking it. So many Remote Sensing tests are just recalling random facts from the notes sheet (knowing the date of launch of a specific satellite or finding the wavelength of a specific band of a given instrument) and none of them seem to really test the interpretation aspect of the event, which is undoubtedly the most difficult part. Overall, I had a really awesome experience taking the test, even if half the time we were lost while taking it. While I'm sad to see that this event is leaving next year (having started this event midway through the year at MIT), I'm glad that I got to end the year this way.
Thermodynamics (12th): 9/10 I was extremely pleased with the proctors because of how well they ran the event (better than any other tournament I have been to this year). I appreciated how much care they took in ensuring that the water bath stayed at the designated temperature and how efficient they were with transferring the water into the beakers using the syringes. I also was happy that they actually followed the rules and allowed us to measure the temperature of the water before making the prediction, which was definitely not the case at other tournaments my partner and I have been to. As for the test, it was was of good difficulty, but I wished that it had a lot more calculation questions, which are wayyy more fun in my opinion. However, I did like that there were only a few history questions (rather than some tests are literally half history questions). Taken as a whole, this whole event was a great experience and I hope that other proctors in the future will emulate these same methods.
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"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
Seven Lakes High School '19