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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

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

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.
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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
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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.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

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

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.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

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

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.
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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
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby BennyTheJett » February 25th, 2019, 7:44 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
When they don't turn off the gym fans in Wright Stuff..... :evil:
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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.
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Postby BenW » March 1st, 2019, 10:27 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.
Yeah, thermo is generally a mess, lol.
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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...


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