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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » February 15th, 2019, 9:10 am

I found a large portion of the Conestoga Dynamic Planet test (questions 1-65 on a test of 102 questions) on a Quizlet set made 4 years ago. Some of my other events also were not the greatest.

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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby Pastaman202 » February 16th, 2019, 6:36 am

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A) The test was the same exact test as a summer study test, with the same ID, illegal questions, and regular questions
B) The test had 2 questions labeled 38, so i put the second question 38 into the question 39 spot. this meant that from question 39-50, all of them were wrong, even if the answer itself was correct.
C) The other team had this same problem, but an event supervisor ended up fixing it and they got an additional 13 points, but no event supervisor looked at ours, so we couldn't get any make-up points
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby Killboe » February 16th, 2019, 6:55 am

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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby smayya337 » February 16th, 2019, 6:04 pm

Thermo at Cornell today was not the epitome of organization. Overwhelmed by the long line outside their door at impound, the volunteers stopped measuring devices to make sure they fit the regulations and instead opted to simply ask everyone, "Does your box follow the rules?" At the actual event, they didn't keep track of when each team started their device testing (how?!), and our event was interrupted multiple times by people coming in, including a coach who had come to impound his team's device and a team that didn't know about impound. (I actually feel bad for that last one, it was super humiliating...) Maybe I'm pampered since the ES at practically all of my tournaments is the national Thermo ES, but compared to all the Virginia tournaments I've been to, Thermo at Cornell was a mess.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby CPScienceDude » February 16th, 2019, 6:08 pm

smayya337 wrote:Thermo at Cornell today was not the epitome of organization. Overwhelmed by the long line outside their door at impound, the volunteers stopped measuring devices to make sure they fit the regulations and instead opted to simply ask everyone, "Does your box follow the rules?" At the actual event, they didn't keep track of when each team started their device testing (how?!), and our event was interrupted multiple times by people coming in, including a coach who had come to impound his team's device and a team that didn't know about impound. (I actually feel bad for that last one, it was super humiliating...) Maybe I'm pampered since the ES at practically all of my tournaments is the national Thermo ES, but compared to all the Virginia tournaments I've been to, Thermo at Cornell was a mess.

Yeah, thermo is generally a mess, lol.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby JoeyC » February 16th, 2019, 6:10 pm

Sounds a bit more disorganized than usual, but other than not using a timer and not measuring, sounds standard. (of course, the small errors made could lead into a major tipping of the scales) However, I hold that nothing could be bad as States last year in measures of misrun Thermo.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby linzhiyan » February 16th, 2019, 6:18 pm

JoeyC wrote:Sounds a bit more disorganized than usual, but other than not using a timer and not measuring, sounds standard. (of course, the small errors made could lead into a major tipping of the scales) However, I hold that nothing could be bad as States last year in measures of misrun Thermo.

Agreed. Last year for states, thermo was completely dropped last year for division B.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby smayya337 » February 16th, 2019, 6:30 pm

linzhiyan wrote:
JoeyC wrote:Sounds a bit more disorganized than usual, but other than not using a timer and not measuring, sounds standard. (of course, the small errors made could lead into a major tipping of the scales) However, I hold that nothing could be bad as States last year in measures of misrun Thermo.

Agreed. Last year for states, thermo was completely dropped last year for division B.

OK, that's even worse lol
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby JoeyC » February 16th, 2019, 6:38 pm

Wow, we aren't even in the same state, but we both had bad States, lol. Thermo can be pretty sketchy at times cause it just takes a lot of dedication to run correctly.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby dxu46 » February 16th, 2019, 7:10 pm

linzhiyan wrote:
JoeyC wrote:Sounds a bit more disorganized than usual, but other than not using a timer and not measuring, sounds standard. (of course, the small errors made could lead into a major tipping of the scales) However, I hold that nothing could be bad as States last year in measures of misrun Thermo.

Agreed. Last year for states, thermo was completely dropped last year for division B.

And division C :/
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby SluffAndRuff » February 16th, 2019, 7:25 pm

smayya337 wrote:Thermo at Cornell today was not the epitome of organization. Overwhelmed by the long line outside their door at impound, the volunteers stopped measuring devices to make sure they fit the regulations and instead opted to simply ask everyone, "Does your box follow the rules?" At the actual event, they didn't keep track of when each team started their device testing (how?!), and our event was interrupted multiple times by people coming in, including a coach who had come to impound his team's device and a team that didn't know about impound. (I actually feel bad for that last one, it was super humiliating...) Maybe I'm pampered since the ES at practically all of my tournaments is the national Thermo ES, but compared to all the Virginia tournaments I've been to, Thermo at Cornell was a mess.


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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby TheChiScientist » February 16th, 2019, 7:38 pm

dxu46 wrote:
linzhiyan wrote:
JoeyC wrote:Sounds a bit more disorganized than usual, but other than not using a timer and not measuring, sounds standard. (of course, the small errors made could lead into a major tipping of the scales) However, I hold that nothing could be bad as States last year in measures of misrun Thermo.

Agreed. Last year for states, thermo was completely dropped last year for division B.

And division C :/

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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby IsaacT » February 17th, 2019, 8:40 pm

Last year at my state competition one team showed up late to Rocks&Minerals and instead of just not allowing them to come in for being late the ES starts the whole event over. My teammate and I ended up just looking ahead at the other rocks/minerals from our station because we had already finished the stations we were forced to go back to.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby jimmy-bond » February 17th, 2019, 11:00 pm

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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby sophisSyo » February 21st, 2019, 8:44 am

Two years ago when my friend and I went with my middle school team as ninth graders and we got them to states, we did food science right (I can't remember if this was states or regionals. Maybe states)...so they gave us matches for the calorimetry, but we had to extinguish them in little plastic dishes (like the condiment ones?) that had water, so naturally when I went to extinguish it the flame almost immediately jumped on my gloved hand and burnt through (I was unharmed) before it was extinguished. My partner had just stared in horror...and they had those long reach lighters on a table but didn't use them. Apparently, the other middle school from my district had a similar problem. One of the teammates' (I'm friends with her now lol) sleeves caught on fire and her partner just sat there and laughed.
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