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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby kindactor24 » January 5th, 2019, 4:51 pm

Hi! Does anyone know where I can find detailed information on the Sector Reference System. When I look it up the Spatial Reference System comes up. Is that the same thing?

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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby kindactor24 » January 5th, 2019, 4:52 pm

Also if anyone knows what the Sector Reference System is could you please just tell me that too? Thank you so much!

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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby dxu46 » January 7th, 2019, 8:14 pm

kindactor24 wrote:Also if anyone knows what the Sector Reference System is could you please just tell me that too? Thank you so much!
kindactor24 wrote:Hi! Does anyone know where I can find detailed information on the Sector Reference System. When I look it up the Spatial Reference System comes up. Is that the same thing?

IDK if there's an exact website for it, but I think I learned from handouts that I don't remember. If you're talking about the PLSS-type stuff then i'll explain: In each township/range there are 36 sections, starting from the top right corner at 1, snaking to 6 at the top left, then down 1 to 7, etc. In topographic maps there are these little plus signs that are known as graticule tick marks, which separate the 9 sectors, going (in order of right to left, top to bottom) 1st row 1 2 3 2nd row 4 5 6 3rd row 7 8 9. These are the sectors of the map. Note that these sectors are for the map only. They don't correlate with PLSS, so each map has its unique set of sectors. Also the sector separators line up with the latitude/longitude markings, if you're doing a 7.5 minute topo map.

I'm not sure if that's what you want, but if you have questions, feel free to ask.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby IsabellaC92343 » January 9th, 2019, 3:59 pm

Hello! I Have 2 questions.
1) I seem to be better at Highway Map and struggle with topographic ones. Does anyone have any tips for studying for these maps? For example reference links or tricks regarding the map itself?
2) Last competition my partner and I had some trouble dealing with the time aspect of the competition. Does anybody have any tips on how to manage the time better? Would it be better to split the test or to do it together? To do all of a certain map first or to kind of jump around?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby dxu46 » January 9th, 2019, 4:40 pm

IsabellaC92343 wrote:Hello! I Have 2 questions.
1) I seem to be better at Highway Map and struggle with topographic ones. Does anyone have any tips for studying for these maps? For example reference links or tricks regarding the map itself?
2) Last competition my partner and I had some trouble dealing with the time aspect of the competition. Does anybody have any tips on how to manage the time better? Would it be better to split the test or to do it together? To do all of a certain map first or to kind of jump around?
Thanks!

1. Just look at them a lot. A good way to study is to get a topo map of somewhere you know, then try to locate those features on the map. You can become familiar with topo maps and learn about your surroundings!
2. Road Scholar tests are too long for both partners to work together. You need to split the test. Usually one person does highway maps and the other does topo maps. The map drawing, profile, and satellite images part can be divided whichever way you want. If you say you're bad at topo maps, do highway maps and make your partner do topo.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Nba2302 » January 9th, 2019, 4:49 pm

im new to road scholar. Where should it start?Where to find info? How to be successful?Best way to takes notes? Thanks!

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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby dxu46 » January 9th, 2019, 4:55 pm

Nba2302 wrote:im new to road scholar. Where should it start?Where to find info? How to be successful?Best way to takes notes? Thanks!

Start by reading the wiki and getting a general understanding of the event. Then, I think there's a lesson book in the coaches' manual that has starter materials. If that's not a thing, then Google is your best friend. I guess it's good to start by creating a binder, since creating a binder helps you understand what you put on it. After that, you should just look at a lot of maps and apply those things you learned. You don't need to take notes or "study" in the normal Science Olympiad manner, the most important thing is to get practice.

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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Dexter594 » January 12th, 2019, 8:22 am

Where can I get the templates required for road scholar 2019? (UTS and PLSS)

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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby amk578 » January 16th, 2019, 7:15 am

For making topo profiles, I know the y-axis is elevation, but what would the x-axis be (if any is used)?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby dxu46 » January 16th, 2019, 2:38 pm

amk578 wrote:For making topo profiles, I know the y-axis is elevation, but what would the x-axis be (if any is used)?

Distance horizontally (for example if you do an imaginary profile of the bottom line of section 21 on madeupmap quadrangle, the bottom line of the section would be your x-axis.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby AdiMohapatra77 » January 20th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Are calculators allowed? and does anyone who went to nationals last year know if there was a map drawing?

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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Anomaly » January 20th, 2019, 4:58 pm

AdiMohapatra77 wrote:Are calculators allowed? and does anyone who went to nationals last year know if there was a map drawing?

yes, you're allowed to bring two non-graphing non-programmable calculators iirc as per the rules
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby dxu46 » January 20th, 2019, 5:24 pm

AdiMohapatra77 wrote:and does anyone who went to nationals last year know if there was a map drawing?

There should have been (I didn't go :( ) but if there wasn't and the test writer was the same as 2017 i'd be disappointed.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Tailsfan101 » January 22nd, 2019, 7:51 am

AdiMohapatra77 wrote:Are calculators allowed? and does anyone who went to nationals last year know if there was a map drawing?

Yes, calculators are allowed (as Anomaly already said), and yes, there was map drawing at Nationals last year.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby t165 » January 23rd, 2019, 12:49 pm

Hello Science World!

I am new to Road Scholar and am looking for some tips! Any advice?


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