builderguy135 wrote: ↑
February 29th, 2020, 9:35 pm
1. Boca (1)
2. LASA (3)
3. Stevenson (2)
4. HSN (5)
5. Ward Melville (6)
6. TJHSST (4)
7. Lower Merion (8)
8. Rustin (9)
9. Columbia (7)
10. HSN2 (10)
8 out of the top 10 teams had scores affected enough for their overall placement to change. From before, one event was thrown out (gravity). From what I've heard from multiple teams, there were a lot of events that were graded wrong (not counting stations/questions or just completely misreading their score). Even build scores were affected, such as TJHSST's Wright Stuff placement. Not sure how so many mistakes can happen to be honest, but hopefully SOUP improves this for next year.
Thank you for bringing this up, we are continuously trying to improve our tournament every year. Our decision to release the revised scores reflects our ongoing efforts to bring the most accurate tournament results as possible.
Some disputes this year were due to rubric disputes and incorrect recording of build metrics. Most of the disputes, however, came from point summation errors. Given that this was our largest tournament to date, we were constrained in time in order to meet the awards ceremony deadline, and therefore did not properly review these scoring mistakes beforehand. For that, we are very sorry and will instate a review process to sum these scores properly in the future.
Of the other disputes that were posted, many of them reflected an inconsistency between our inputted score on Avogadro and what event supervisors had written on the scoring sheet. For many events, scores had to be altered/normalized to reflect Avogadro's maximum score limit, which did not affect school rankings. For those disputes, we did not make any changes in Avogadro, although it may have seemed as if we had made errors in grading.
As for Gravity Vehicle, the target distance was announced incorrectly before the tournament. The same error was made on both of our tracks. While we greatly appreciate the teams that have had to adapt to changing circumstances, demonstrating their agility, too many teams had already competed to rerun all the cars. Given the unequal conditions, it was thus under our event supervisors' best judgment that we still award medals for the event but drop the score for this event from the overall team rankings. We are extremely sorry for this mistake and appreciate competitors’ patience.
Although it may seem like there were many changes on rankings this year, there were a total of four ranking changes among all 57 competing teams. These four changes caused other team rankings to consequently shift, a reflection of how close scores were this year.
Regardless, we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the score changes and will do our best in the coming years to ensure that there are as few errors as possible. Teams (in the top 6 rankings) will also be mailed new trophies if their team placement improved as a result of the score changes, and we encourage more feedback on our tournament.
SOUP Executive Board