MO Region 6:
For those of you that don't know, Ex. Design is an inquiry event that tells you to design an experiment with provided materials. Our regionals experiment was based on Star Wars, with Chewbacca finding materials on a planet that they are stuck on. The task was to experiment with a transportation system to get in space. We got straws, balloons, tape, string, and other materials that I can't remember. This was a really fun experiment, and there even was extra credit: Who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo? Very fun test, 9/10.
Read the above for a short description. For our materials, we had materials to make levers and the topic was levers. We made catapults and tested the fulcrum length. We flung starbursts (Yes, we were allowed to eat them). We almost got put in tier 2, since technically we didn't follow the topic, but since most teams did catapults, we won. The fair way the ESs supervised and the starbursts made this event 8/10.
Wright State Nationals:
Even though we didn't do the best, it was still good. For those of you who went to nationals, you probably (or probably don't) remember the long, boring speech about the water molecules in the spectrum about blah blah blah snore.... The ES made that into a joke, first staying the topic was about that, and surprising a lot of people, then saying "Just Kidding" and going on. The ES was very funny, making some jokes and being very nice. She sort of reminds me of Melissa McCarthy imitating Sean Spicer. Also, the test was good. They made everything perfect, adding tips and such. Overall, 9/10 because it could've been later in the day.
Just saying, I am NOT biased about this event. The ESs were very nice, giving people headers and tips, not giving away too much but trying to make students succeed. The test was also well written. It was written by several different people over the course of weeks, so it was a good test. Also, the test story (The Right Stuff - the adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle) was very easy to follow and also very entertaining. Overall, 9/10 because the wordings in the tests were kinda iffy.