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Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 17th, 2011, 3:05 pm
by Infinity Flat
Knowledge Bowl
Science Fairs (e.g. ISEF)
AMC / AIME - trying to start ΜΑΘ at my school next year
Concert / Marching Band - Percussion
NHS next year
Sound Tech for church
Elementary Science Olympiad Volunteer

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 17th, 2011, 6:03 pm
by smartkid222
kjhsscioly wrote:How did you do at WYSE on monday?
What is WYSE?

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 17th, 2011, 7:37 pm
by chia
Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering... people compete individually (in teams of fourteen, or not affiliated with a team - I think) in only two subjects out of English, Chemistry, Math, Engineering Graphics, Computer Science, and Biology. I was just the second alternate for the team (I think kjhs was the first alternate, but then someone dropped out and she was on the actual team) and didn't really care that much. I'll probably try harder next year. Engineering Graphics sounds fun.

http://engr.uiuc.edu/wyse/

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 17th, 2011, 9:46 pm
by kjhsscioly
WYSE is run in pure test format, and everyone does two and only two events, so the playing field is more even than scioly. Also, they divide into divisions, so smaller schools have a shot at it too. I won Bio at sectionals, and placed at state, and my team won first overall in state, so it is fun. Their scoring is actually quite interesting. They give you points for your best five events out of eight, and the team that got the highest point total in an event gets a 100 for that event. All the other teams are scored relative to that, as a proportion of the highest teams score. When the scores are added, the highest team wins. So the idea is to focus on some events, and because they are general topics, it is less effort than to learn something really specific, like fossils. I like the scoring system because the margin by which you beat another team is as important as the fact that you beat them, unlike SO. Also, it is no partner, and that does make it harder.

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 17th, 2011, 10:12 pm
by chia
It's fun because you won? :P

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 17th, 2011, 10:55 pm
by kjhsscioly
nah, it has to do with the effort involved, or, more correctly, the lack thereof

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 19th, 2011, 5:43 pm
by chia
Science Olympiad
Math team (sort of)
Debate team (never again)
WYSE (I'll try harder next year)
JETS
JV Badminton
piano
photography
attempting to draw
over the summer I volunteered at the library as one of those people who sits there and stamps kids' sheets for the summer reading program :lol: but I was thinking I could try actually reading books to kids this summer

I could have sworn I did more... :?

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 19th, 2011, 5:58 pm
by zyzzyva980
chia wrote:Debate team (never again)
Wha...? How....?

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 19th, 2011, 6:30 pm
by lolliexdd
chia wrote:JV Badminton
If only! :lol: I would so try out for that, if it was available at our school.

Re: Other extracurriculars people do

Posted: April 19th, 2011, 6:55 pm
by kjhsscioly
zyzzyva98 wrote:
chia wrote:Debate team (never again)
Wha...? How....?
I kind of made her join... so it really was a forced endeavor that decidedly wasn't fitting