Poorly Run Event Stories

Shoot the breeze with other Olympians.
User avatar
SHASO2018
Member
Member
Posts: 23
Joined: February 27th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Division: C
State: MI
Location: Most likely in my bed, maybe at school

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby SHASO2018 » February 22nd, 2019, 11:15 am

John Richardsim wrote:From states yesterday:

Invasives - if I recall correctly, it had fewer points possible than teams attending the tournament (assuming each question was one point, since I can't recall any multiple-part questions). They also completely reused the outdoor portion from last year's test; the question numbering on the station sheets didn't even match up with this year's answer sheet.

Rocks and Minerals - I think this one might have had as many points possible as there were attending teams, but I doubt it was much more than that. Each station only had a few questions, but they were three minutes long. I liked this one station where we had to rank three specimens by hardness and identify them. In the directions for the station, it said something along the lines of "Identifying these minerals might be difficult in the time allotted [3 minutes], so be sure to rank the hardness first." (And don't get me wrong, these weren't any sort of unusual or ambiguous specimens by any means.)

Anatomy & Physiology - there were several questions that got repeated between two stations. For some reason, they gave two minutes for the station you started at (wherever that may be), but only a minute and thirty seconds for the rest.


I remember Rocks and Minerals that year! Also there was some error of communication for where the room number was so my partner and I got there late. It's sad because I haven't been to states since :(

Also this brought me back to 2015 when everyone freaked out because a 4. something earthquake happened early in the day so every proctor brought it up.
R.I.P Region 15
Idk-2018

Current Events: Dynamic Planet (1st at Reg), Forensics (1st at Reg), Sounds of Music (3rd at Reg somehow)
Previous Events: DP, Crime Busters, DD, Optics, Wind Power, Fast Facts, Rocks and Minerals, Game On, Experimental Design, Mission Possible (sorta) and kinda Thermo

User avatar
SHASO2018
Member
Member
Posts: 23
Joined: February 27th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Division: C
State: MI
Location: Most likely in my bed, maybe at school

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby SHASO2018 » February 23rd, 2019, 5:19 pm

So today was our Regionals and each event that I was in had something interesting. :l

Forensics (1st): This one went mostly okay. They gave us everything needed, but there was one bunsen burner, so that was fun.

Sounds of Music (Idk yet but pretty bad): My room number changed twice during the day, once before impound and once before competition.

Dynamic Planet (1st): 80% of the test was one that I found online. Super convenient, but also sad because it wasn't challenging.

Also they SKIPPED FOSSILS ALTOGETHER IN THE AWARDS CEREMONY so each medal placings were pushed back an event after that, so they had have everyone with an event after fossils give back their medals and redo that portion. But unlike most SO regionals, we actually started somewhat on time so we weren't there for long
R.I.P Region 15
Idk-2018

Current Events: Dynamic Planet (1st at Reg), Forensics (1st at Reg), Sounds of Music (3rd at Reg somehow)
Previous Events: DP, Crime Busters, DD, Optics, Wind Power, Fast Facts, Rocks and Minerals, Game On, Experimental Design, Mission Possible (sorta) and kinda Thermo

User avatar
BennyTheJett
Member
Member
Posts: 63
Joined: February 21st, 2019, 2:05 pm
Division: C
State: WI
Location: In his room, working on SSSS2k19. <0/

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby BennyTheJett » February 23rd, 2019, 6:35 pm

Couple years ago I had a rocks test that the person who was supposed to write the test couldn't make it, so the people at the competition had parents run the event, and printed all the images out in BLACK AND WHITE (For an ID Event!). The answer sheet was also missing half the answers, so there was no organization there either.... Lastly it was a test off the internet, so THREE teams had 100 percent, since they had the whole test in their binder.
Menomonie Science Olympiad
Today an old lady at the bank told the clerk to check her balance....
The Clerk pushed her over.

BennyTheJett's Userpage

User avatar
whythelongface
Exalted Member
Exalted Member
Posts: 326
Joined: March 12th, 2017, 7:42 pm
Division: Grad
State: NJ
Location: 705 kilometers overhead

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby whythelongface » February 24th, 2019, 4:25 am

BennyTheJett wrote:Couple years ago I had a rocks test that the person who was supposed to write the test couldn't make it, so the people at the competition had parents run the event, and printed all the images out in BLACK AND WHITE (For an ID Event!). The answer sheet was also missing half the answers, so there was no organization there either.... Lastly it was a test off the internet, so THREE teams had 100 percent, since they had the whole test in their binder.

are you from NJ?
WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH '18
EMORY UNIVERSITY '22
SONT 2017 5th Place Medalist [Microbe Mission]

"One little Sciolyer left all alone,
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none."

Congratulations to WW-P South for winning 14th place at Nationals!

User avatar
BennyTheJett
Member
Member
Posts: 63
Joined: February 21st, 2019, 2:05 pm
Division: C
State: WI
Location: In his room, working on SSSS2k19. <0/

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby BennyTheJett » February 24th, 2019, 5:43 am

whythelongface wrote:
BennyTheJett wrote:Couple years ago I had a rocks test that the person who was supposed to write the test couldn't make it, so the people at the competition had parents run the event, and printed all the images out in BLACK AND WHITE (For an ID Event!). The answer sheet was also missing half the answers, so there was no organization there either.... Lastly it was a test off the internet, so THREE teams had 100 percent, since they had the whole test in their binder.

are you from NJ?


Nah.
Menomonie Science Olympiad
Today an old lady at the bank told the clerk to check her balance....
The Clerk pushed her over.

BennyTheJett's Userpage

User avatar
LittleMissNyan
Member
Member
Posts: 45
Joined: October 24th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Division: B
State: MD
Location: AOCL (Away on Chromebook Leave)

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby LittleMissNyan » February 25th, 2019, 7:37 am

For Battery Buggy during Regionals on Saturday, they did it in a narrow hallway, not in a gym, and half the Battery Buggies curved too wide and ran into the wall so they threw that out
Poyo! (^-^)

- Battery Buggy 9/3/5/5
- Game On 7/1/2/7
- Mystery Architecture 4/oof/NA/NA
- Aerial Scrambler NA/NA/2/NA

National Cathedral School/Oakdale High/Regionals/sTATES
Won Most Creative 2019!
Also a Builder Cult member

User avatar
BennyTheJett
Member
Member
Posts: 63
Joined: February 21st, 2019, 2:05 pm
Division: C
State: WI
Location: In his room, working on SSSS2k19. <0/

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby BennyTheJett » February 25th, 2019, 7:44 am

LittleMissNyan wrote:For Battery Buggy during Regionals on Saturday, they did it in a narrow hallway, not in a gym, and half the Battery Buggies curved too wide and ran into the wall so they threw that out


When they don't turn off the gym fans in Wright Stuff..... :evil:
Menomonie Science Olympiad
Today an old lady at the bank told the clerk to check her balance....
The Clerk pushed her over.

BennyTheJett's Userpage

User avatar
BenW
Member
Member
Posts: 6
Joined: December 1st, 2018, 8:37 pm
Division: C
State: -

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby BenW » March 1st, 2019, 10:24 pm

Well at my first invitational they were using last year's rules for thermo. We somehow got second.
Started in 2015, skipped 3 years, restarted in 2018. Hope I'll keep doing this until college! I hope my team does well. Remember: MEDALS FROM REGIONAL AND ABOVE CAN BE USED ON COLLEGE RESUMES FOR DIVISION C! Good luck!

2019 regional/state meals:
Boomilever 6th
Thermodynamics 3rd

User avatar
BenW
Member
Member
Posts: 6
Joined: December 1st, 2018, 8:37 pm
Division: C
State: -

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby BenW » March 1st, 2019, 10:27 pm

CPScienceDude wrote:
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.

Can confirm.
Started in 2015, skipped 3 years, restarted in 2018. Hope I'll keep doing this until college! I hope my team does well. Remember: MEDALS FROM REGIONAL AND ABOVE CAN BE USED ON COLLEGE RESUMES FOR DIVISION C! Good luck!

2019 regional/state meals:
Boomilever 6th
Thermodynamics 3rd

User avatar
dxu46
Exalted Member
Exalted Member
Posts: 775
Joined: April 11th, 2017, 6:55 pm
Division: C
State: MO
Location: telling young innocent middle schoolers to sleep while they can

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby dxu46 » March 2nd, 2019, 12:49 pm

From regionals (Awards havent happened yet)

WIDI - there was only one model for 6 writers, plus there were only 4 things to write. Also apparently for builders all the materials required were in one bag, without extras.

Geomaps - There were 8 questions, only a bit of plate tectonics and a bit of maps...

Experimental Design - There was no midway break, plus the rubric they used was the incorrect rubric (the one on the official rules). Oh and they provided rubrics to teams...
Ladue Science Olympiad!
tHe YeAr Of ThE gRiNd Is HeRe
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Benjamin Franklin
Summary of 2019 season: :cry: :lol: :x :oops: :( 8-) :geek: :D :!: :cry:

User avatar
krasabnk
Member
Member
Posts: 31
Joined: March 4th, 2018, 10:08 am
Division: Grad
State: NC

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby krasabnk » March 3rd, 2019, 9:38 am

Regionals in Durham, NC yesterday...

Circuit Lab - Went in not expecting to do well... after 3 rotations of stations, some tables were missing LEDs and resistors for the breadboard hands-on activity. One activity required materials that had to be attached to peoples arms. Because each person used two of those materials at every rotation, some kids had to put on materials already touched and put on by other students. :-?

Herpetology - We were placed in a classroom with tables in rows with nice, large black leather seats. Those seats took up more space than regular seats at a school table. Anyways, the long table in the back had about 7-8 stations on it, so kids were crowded shoulder-to-shoulder to answer questions at their station. I had to reach over my partner's shoulder to write on our answer sheet. Furthermore, at one station there was a kid who flipped their binder over the laminated question sheet so another team could not even find or read what they needed to answer.
DaVinci's Dragons 2019
2019/2018 Div C events
2019:
regionals/states
<3 Herpetology: 1/3
:evil: Circuit Lab 5/15
:?: Experimental Design -/19

2018:
regionals/ states
<3 Herpetology: 1/4
:?: Disease Detectives: 4/19

linzhiyan
Member
Member
Posts: 54
Joined: April 26th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Division: C
State: MO

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby linzhiyan » March 3rd, 2019, 11:07 am

Regionals yesterday in CodeBusters:
The team that was beside us finished the timed question about 5 minutes in, but the ES didn't see them until about 2 minutes later... After raising their hands for about a minute, they started coughing, but the ES just ignored it...
Unpunctual (and failed) Sassy of game #130...
Clayton High School Dank Memes Area Homeschool

TapuCosmo
Member
Member
Posts: 0
Joined: March 3rd, 2019, 4:19 pm

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby TapuCosmo » March 3rd, 2019, 4:29 pm

Mira Loma Regionals yesterday at Codebusters: The timed question violated the rule against a letter encrypting to itself, costing us the timing bonus as my team was confused about why it seemed like certain letters were encrypting to themselves when they shouldn't. Also, the Affine Cipher encryption question where they gave A -> M and C -> A, which resulted a = -6 (which is not relatively prime with 26), resulting in many letters encrypting to the same letter.

Maeri
Member
Member
Posts: 0
Joined: March 4th, 2019, 2:29 pm

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby Maeri » March 4th, 2019, 8:04 pm

At Regionals...
Herpetology: Test was the exact same as the year before. The same test that required students to identify down to the species level...
Write it Do it: A competitor accidentally knocked over another girls's project (apparently he shook/bumped into the table?) 1 minute before time was called. Proctor told her nothing could be done and it was left as it was.

PirateShip
Member
Member
Posts: 27
Joined: February 24th, 2019, 8:05 am
Division: C
State: IN
Location: John Adams

Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby PirateShip » March 17th, 2019, 11:31 am

At the Indiana State tournament, experimental design followed last years rules and rubric


Return to “General Chat”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests