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Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 2:11 am
by foreverphysics
It is that time of year again! During those long summer months between seasons, SSSS is kicking off its third year, and hopefully many of you will consider being involved! SSSS will begin on June 1st, 2015 and continue through 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 2015-2016 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.

Over eighty submissions were made to SSSS last year; let’s see if we can beat that this year! The Science Olympiad Study Session is a great way to get a head start towards the next season and explore the new events as well as brush up on ones continuing their rotation.

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 make a test and answer key. This must be tournament quality and length.
  • You may submit notes for an event scheduled for 2015. The notes must be similarly extensive and at least 7,500 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.
All resources must be homemade. You may make your notes/tests/guides on any program you wish, but we ask that they be submitted in PDF form. Word has a feature that lets you directly export to PDF, as does LibreOffice.
For a list of events, please see this document.

3. Check the Test Exchange to find examples of tests that have been submitted by other users in the past. Many of the tests titled “[Username]’s [Event Name] Practice Test 2015 are ones that were submitted to last year’s SSSS.

4.You email your resource to summerscioly@scioly.org. 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 the resource. If they are approved, you will be added under the SSSS usergroup. We will reply to the email with instructions on accessing the SSSS forums and database. If they are not approved, we will reply to the email with suggestions on issues and/or improvement. You should be contacted in under 3 days, 5 tops! If not, please contact us further. When responding to an email, please click REPLY TO ALL.

6. Once accepted, you can then access the files through scioly.org on your logged-in 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 this document.

Have any questions or comments? You can respond to this post, private message mnstrviola or foreverphysics, email foreverphysics at foreverphysics@scioly.org, or email the mods at summerscioly@scioly.org.

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.

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 3:12 pm
by windu34
This is amazing!! Great Program! Cant wait to take part!

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 5:03 pm
by JoJoKeKe
This looks interesting. Just a question, do you have to make a test or a contributed resource to join, or can you join even if you don't make anything?

Thanks!

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 5:05 pm
by UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F
JoJoKeKe wrote:This looks interesting. Just a question, do you have to make a test or a contributed resource to join, or can you join even if you don't make anything?

Thanks!
I think you have to get a resource approved to join.

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 5:09 pm
by DoctaDave
For div. C, the document says El/Bridge building. Does this mean we can either submit stuff for bridge building or elevated bridges?

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 5:31 pm
by syo_astro
Responding to questions: You have to make a resource in the form of tests, notes, schematics, etc to join and get it approved (and all that said by forever's post).

I'll try to ask the others about bridges and edit this post.

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 5:41 pm
by JoJoKeKe
Thank you. Additionally, what do you suggest for a good site or resource to make the tests with?

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 5:43 pm
by UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F
JoJoKeKe wrote:Thank you. Additionally, what do you suggest for a good site or resource to make the tests with?
The event rules? ;) No, seriously.

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 5:47 pm
by JoJoKeKe
The event rules? No, seriously.
No, I'm referring to where you actually make the tests. (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, etc.)

Re: Scioly Summer Study Session 2015

Posted: May 24th, 2015, 5:49 pm
by UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F
JoJoKeKe wrote:
The event rules? No, seriously.
No, I'm referring to where you actually make the tests. (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, etc.)
Any text processor will work, really. I mean... This person didn't write his test in MS word! THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!