(For those of you who are familiar with SSSS, THERE IS NEW, IMPORTANT STUFF AT THE END OF THIS POST- GO DOWN THERE AND READ IT!)
SSSS will begin on June 1st, 2016 and continue through mid-August.
This event will be run very similarly to last year’s. You submit a resource, listed below, for one of the events scheduled for the 2016-2017 season. Once it is approved by an SSSS moderator, you gain access to all other resources submitted to SSSS! The resources are yours to use, but we ask that they are not shared with other people (including teammates) not in SSSS. Around August, when SSSS ends, these resources are uploaded to the wiki, test exchange, and image gallery. Builds are accepted.
Interested? Here are the logistics of participating in SSSS in detail:
1. Make a forum account if you don’t have one yet. Due to logistical reasons we can only add users who are members of scioly.org
2.There are multiple ways to get involved.
- You can write a test with an answer key. This must be tournament quality and length.
- You may submit notes for an event scheduled for 2017. The notes must be similarly extensive and at least 7,000 words long.
- You may submit a set of images AND build plans for build events. There must be at least 3 images. They can be CAD or actual images.
- You may submit a building guide for build events, like Aia’s Boomilever Guide. Guides must be a minimum of 1,000 words and include diagrams and clear, concise instructions. Tips are good as well.
For a list of 2017 events, please see here.
3. Check the Test Exchange to find examples of tests that have been submitted by other users in the past. All tests that are sub-bullets of “SSSS 2016”, or other years, were past resources that have been accepted.
4.You email your resource to email@example.com. The email should be titled [Your scioly.org username]’s [Name of Event] [Type of Resource: test, notes, plans, or guide]; for example, “Mnstrviola’s Experimental Design Test”. The file(s) should be attached to the email, preferably in PDF format.
5.The moderators will look over your submission. If it is not approved, we will reply to the email with suggestions on issues and/or improvement. Our moderators will work with you to improve the quality of your submission until it is accepted. You should receive a response from within 5 days, but please remind us if necessary. When responding to an email, please click REPLY TO ALL. Failure to do so may cause confusion and delays in processing your submission.
6. Once accepted, you will be provided with details on how to access SSSS through your scioly account.
SSSS will end sometime in August. All resources will all be added to the scioly.org wiki and Test Exchange unless the user requests otherwise. You MUST tell us beforehand if you do not wish to have your notes and/or tests uploaded publicly.
For a list of events, please see https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A_34f4CZXbz0Z05Fm_zh758sCaCp6b68FsVc86gvWQ4/edit?usp=sharing.
For events with lists of things to know, please use:
Invasive Species 2016 National List
Rocks and Minerals 2014 Official List
Microbe Mission 2012 Official List
NOW, FOR THE EXCITING PART.
For the first time since its inception, SSSS is opening up applications to be a moderator for the event. This is happening for several reasons:
1. We (mnstrviola and myself) are getting oooooooooold and no longer know all the bright eyed, bushy tailed Science Olympiad enthusiasts who aren’t yet in college.
2. We have had issues in the past covering some of our event bases. By opening up applications to the rest of the Scioly community, we hope to have better coverage.
3. Some of our traditional mods are also getting oooooooold and no longer have the energy or time to mod.
So here’s your chance! Be a mod! Fill out the application.
Moderators will be notified of their selection two to four days before SSSS begins to allow for maximum time for applications to come in.
Have any questions or comments? You can respond to this post, private message mnstrviola or foreverphysics, email foreverphysics at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email the mods at email@example.com.
Note: The SSSS is not a tournament. It is not meant to be a competitive event, but an unofficial study event to practice for the upcoming Science Olympiad season.