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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby moumantai » March 26th, 2016, 7:07 pm

The room for Invasive Species (regionals) at HCC was amazing. In the testing room itself, there were several (maybe 4-5) tanks of several axolotls each. I guess my only complaint would be that they (and the gigantic bird-of-prey taxidermy on a ceiling perch) distracted me out of being fascinating (and really cute). After we were done with our test, we were allowed into another classroom, which had tanks featuring other animals, like many snakes, more axolotls, turtles, and some pretty weird fish. Oh, right, and more taxidermy...

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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Fibonacci924 » April 3rd, 2016, 8:22 am

The Wind Power at Boyceville was run immaculately. The test was just the right amount of difficulty and they actually gave you time for it.
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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Entomology » April 3rd, 2016, 12:23 pm

The invasive species event at SoCal state was great.
Even spacing between teams, HUGE tables, clear photos, and excellent proctoring. The test was nice, it tested the right stuff and even some cool concepts and laws, which many tests lack. It was organized and well run. The timing was strict, it really kept you on your toes, and you had to be quick.
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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby [NerdyTotoro] » April 3rd, 2016, 1:05 pm

@Entomology SAMEEEEEEEEE! The testing room was so cool as well.

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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby LIPX3 » April 4th, 2016, 5:10 am

At State for Wisconsin Division B, Crave the Wave was awesome. The ES actually wrote the test. We had samples of materials and had to find the reflective index, and we were given a machine that creates transverse waves and had to figure out the Hz and wavelength. Invasive Species was good too, the questions were difficult.

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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby dhdarren » April 17th, 2016, 3:41 pm

Still don't know his name, but there's a gentleman who's been the ES for Wright Stuff at every Northeast Ohio Invitational that I've been to (Solon, Kenston, Mentor, etc.) since last year, and probably much longer than that with other flying events, since I'm only a sophomore and have only been doing Scioly since last year. I believe he's a parent/coach at Cleveland Heights. But anyway, he has always been so knowledgeable and prepared for the event; he knows every rule, every way to build a good plane, and the best ways to run the event. As a newbie in Wright Stuff last year, he gave so many helpful tips in regards to building, flying, and winding. He always have everything with him from tools, to good scales, to poles for getting planes down from basketball hoops (once, at the Mentor invite i think, my plane flew right into the basketball hoop for both of my flights, and I took several minutes each time trying to get it down XD). I really couldn't ask for a more knowledgable and helpful ES. Whatever your name is, bravo and thank you!!!
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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby aherthabey » April 17th, 2016, 3:57 pm

This is really old, but I really enjoyed the Green Generation test at Boyceville 2015. The test was very well-written, with a good mix of multiple choice, short answer and analysis for each of the three parts—as opposed to the slew of multiple choice questions that Green Generation often becomes. I couldn't ask for a better test.
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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby LIPX3 » April 17th, 2016, 4:08 pm

aherthabey wrote:This is really old, but I really enjoyed the Green Generation test at Boyceville 2015. The test was very well-written, with a good mix of multiple choice, short answer and analysis for each of the three parts—as opposed to the slew of multiple choice questions that Green Generation often becomes. I couldn't ask for a better test.

For B or C? I thought the B test was very well written, probably the best I've taken. It was the exact opposite of Wisconsin State...

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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby aherthabey » April 17th, 2016, 4:32 pm

LIPX3 wrote:
aherthabey wrote:This is really old, but I really enjoyed the Green Generation test at Boyceville 2015. The test was very well-written, with a good mix of multiple choice, short answer and analysis for each of the three parts—as opposed to the slew of multiple choice questions that Green Generation often becomes. I couldn't ask for a better test.

For B or C? I thought the B test was very well written, probably the best I've taken. It was the exact opposite of Wisconsin State...


C. Comparing the C test to the B test, I liked the format of the C test better (there were like 50 multiple choice questions on the B test, right?)
One of the short answer questions at the end was pulled from an AP test, if I recall correctly lol.
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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby LIPX3 » April 17th, 2016, 4:39 pm

aherthabey wrote:
LIPX3 wrote:
aherthabey wrote:This is really old, but I really enjoyed the Green Generation test at Boyceville 2015. The test was very well-written, with a good mix of multiple choice, short answer and analysis for each of the three parts—as opposed to the slew of multiple choice questions that Green Generation often becomes. I couldn't ask for a better test.

For B or C? I thought the B test was very well written, probably the best I've taken. It was the exact opposite of Wisconsin State...


C. Comparing the C test to the B test, I liked the format of the C test better (there were like 50 multiple choice questions on the B test, right?)
One of the short answer questions at the end was pulled from an AP test, if I recall correctly lol.

It was a lot multiple choice, but a lot harder. I only got about 70% correct, compared to most test where I get about 95%. The essay question was really hard, but I don't remember what it was and my coach put all the tests in the archive room.

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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby watermydoing14 » April 18th, 2016, 8:15 pm

moumantai wrote:The room for Invasive Species (regionals) at HCC was amazing. In the testing room itself, there were several (maybe 4-5) tanks of several axolotls each. I guess my only complaint would be that they (and the gigantic bird-of-prey taxidermy on a ceiling perch) distracted me out of being fascinating (and really cute). After we were done with our test, we were allowed into another classroom, which had tanks featuring other animals, like many snakes, more axolotls, turtles, and some pretty weird fish. Oh, right, and more taxidermy...


Oh my gosh yes!! I was in there volunteering as the event supervisor for Bio-Process Lab and periodically I would just walk around the room pretending to make sure teams weren't cheating but actually I was just looking at the tanks :)
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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Unome » November 7th, 2016, 6:52 am

WIDI at UGA on Saturday: the same coach from Fulton Science Academy (current WIDI B national champion) who's run WIDI many times over the years. The model was structurally sound so it could be moved around after the builders made it without damaging it, and was built so it would be a great first model for someone just learning the event; it didn't have any complicated connections or anything, but it would still probably challenge many teams. 10/10 awesome

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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Alex-RCHS » November 12th, 2016, 6:34 pm

At the disease detectives test at nats last year my partner and I brought an info sheet that was 2 pages in a clear sheet cover. It was supposed to be 1 front and back sheet, and while what we had was essentially the same, it was technically against the rules.

We showed the SO volunteers that the backs of each sheet were blank and promised that we would keep the sheets in the sheet protector the entire time. They hemmed and hawed until someone asked the event director (I think), who allowed it. That was very nice of them to do that, and we ended up doing respectably (better than we expected at least).

In the future we will be sure to bring the info sheet in the correct manner.

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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Adi1008 » November 21st, 2016, 2:44 pm

The UT-Austin invitational last weekend:

Hovercraft was run spectacularly well; the setup and track were flawless and the proctors were very knowledgeable about the event. Additionally, they were also really helpful about resolving schedule conflicts. My partner and I had a problem where we used the same battery in our robot arm and normally, we would schedule hovercraft to be before Robot Arm so we could just take the battery and device out of the room. However, that wasn't the possible at Ut, but the proctor personally took the battery up to Robot Arm in order to let us compete in both events. All in all, it was a really great experience, and I hope they know how much we appreciated it.

Secondly, WIDI at UT has always been run by the same person, and year after year they prove to be challenging structures that are a pleasure to build (or this time, write!) for me. A lot of other tournaments don't use stickers a lot (and that's not a bad thing either), but I just wanted to point out an instance of when they're used in a really cool way. Every time I've been to UT, the structures have always been good.

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Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby antoine_ego » January 23rd, 2017, 4:11 pm

Definitely Astronomy Nats last year. While our placing wasn't spectacular (low 20s), I loved the test. It was so long and rather tricky, which made it a nice challenge. The thing I loved the most though, was that they gave out free Stellar Evolution posters, (my theory is consolation for the length of the test :P ). I still have it hanging front and center in my room.
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