Awesomely Run Event Stories

For anything Science Olympiad-related that might not fall under a specific event or competition.
User avatar
Exalted Member
Exalted Member
Posts: 798
Joined: April 11th, 2017, 6:55 pm
Division: C
State: MO

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby dxu46 » May 5th, 2018, 12:11 pm

MO state rocks and minerals may have been the best Rocks and Minerals test I've ever taken, and that I will take. There were a fair amount of stations, with good information questions and very nice specimens to identify. It was an overall really great test, and a good test to end my Rocks and Minerals career, at least for two years. I would give it a 9.5/10 because the timing of stations could've been a little bit shorter (they were 4.5 minutes).

User avatar
Posts: 165
Joined: December 12th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Division: C
State: IN
Location: Crown Point High School

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby CPScienceDude » March 17th, 2019, 5:49 pm

IN State Thermo B was amazing. It was well organized and was ran efficiently. The test was hard, yet fun. It was such a great experience. Bonus points because I got 4th, lol.
(The test was written and was ran by Pika, btw.)
CPHS 23'
2020 events: Ornithology, Machines, Gravity Vehicle, and Forensics
Member of the Builder Cult
Assassination 139: Summer Vacation
About me!

Posts: 301
Joined: June 19th, 2017, 2:12 pm
Division: B
State: PA
Location: See above.

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Froggie » March 17th, 2019, 5:57 pm

Thermo at West Lib was run extremely well. I think thermo is one of the hardest events to run because you have to keep the water at a certain temperature and put the correct amount of water in everyone’s beaker as fairly as possible, and on top of that you have to make sure that everyone’s device runs for exactly 25 mins (for div B).
At West Lib, the proctors had a couple tables set up at the front of the room with cards with team numbers on them and stopwatches for every team. Before anyone started the test, they had two proctors get water into two teams’ beakers using syringes. Another proctor started the timers for the two teams. After a minute, the next two teams received their water, a minute later the next two teams, and so on until everyone had received water. The test started only after everyone got their water and predictions. 25 minutes later, teams were called up to the front by twos as to not overcrowd the area. A minute later, the next two teams would be called up.
This way might not be the most efficient way to do this, but I think it’s the most fair and not confusing way to proctor the event.
"A lot of people have quotes in their signature. Maybe I should have a quote in my signature. "
- Froggie

User avatar
Posts: 100
Joined: July 31st, 2018, 2:07 pm
Division: B
State: CA

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Crimesolver » March 17th, 2019, 5:58 pm

Since Adi1008 wished for it..

Socal regionals crime busters is the best ran event ever. It was consistently run by the same people in my three years of crime busters. These proctors truly know the rules and know how to answer every question the students ask. The tests are nice and crisp and follow the rules perfectly. They are on the easier side, but I still love them because it still takes me the whole 50 minutes for me to complete the test. Really great way to start the competition day
Nothing for now...
Keep on going :!:

User avatar
Posts: 229
Joined: November 7th, 2017, 1:43 pm
Division: C
State: TX

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby JoeyC » March 17th, 2019, 6:04 pm

Fast Facts at state TX last year was pretty well run, the topics were legit, and some were outside expectations (in a good way of course, tho not for me cause I didn't memorize them :lol: )
Dynamic Planet, Protein Modeling, Fast Facts, Thermodynamics
Dynamic Planet, Compound Machines, Chem Lab, WaQua (maybe), Ornith (maybe)
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

User avatar
Posts: 297
Joined: January 21st, 2018, 4:41 pm
Division: C
State: NY
Location: Syosset

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Name » March 17th, 2019, 7:41 pm

Astronomy at NYS was one of the hardest tests I've taken (at least with the DSOs section) ever, comparable to MIT's test in terms of difficulty, as unlike most tests where it just tests your ability to ID the object and spew infomation about them, this test tested concepts behind them, and made you think about the questions, while making it at a length that was definitely doable, but just barely. This was (I think) the only time so far where for one of the DSOs on the image sheet, I had no idea what it was. I can't say much for the math, but it seemed well written. Major props to syo_astro for writing and proctering the test, I had a great (and very stressful) time!
South Woods MS/Syosset HS
Favorite Past Events: Microbe, Invasive, Matsci, Fermi
Events!: Astro, Code, hopefully Fossils

"The more cheese, the more holes. The more holes the less cheese. Therefore the more cheese, the less cheese."

Posts: 56
Joined: April 1st, 2018, 7:36 am
Division: C

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby OpticsNerd » March 18th, 2019, 9:40 am

WS and Boomilever were run really well by our Wisconsin supervisors. Both are really nice and know exactly what they are doing.
National Tournaments: 2018 CSU B-4th(Wright Stuff)
2019 Events(C): Boomilever, Circuit Lab, Disease Detectives, Thermodynamics, Wright Stuff
Medal Count: 37
Invitationals: 21
Regionals: 9
State: 5
Nationals: 1

User avatar
Posts: 4107
Joined: January 26th, 2014, 12:48 pm
Division: Grad
State: GA
Location: somewhere in the sciolyverse

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby Unome » March 18th, 2019, 11:17 am

Incidentally, the National event supervisors for this event are Wisconsin-based.
Chattahoochee High School Class of 2018
Georgia Tech Class of 2022

Opinions expressed on this site are not official; the only place for official rules changes and FAQs is

Posts: 32
Joined: January 7th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Division: B
State: NJ

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby satvik03 » March 25th, 2019, 12:30 pm

At NJ states, circuit lab was run great. The ES really knew what he was doing. All the wires were sautered. Also, the test was great and the lab section was hard. The ES also removed 3 questions because they were div C level. The event was run in an electronics lab, which added to the event's overall greatness/
Community 2018-2019
2018-2019 Events:
Thermo: 1/1/x/x/2/5/12
Circuit: 2/3/x/4/10/1/11
Experimental Design: 2/1/1/10/5/1/13
2018-2019 Medal Count: 15
National "What Are You Trying To Tell Me" Champion! (lol)

User avatar
Exalted Member
Exalted Member
Posts: 385
Joined: May 24th, 2016, 5:37 pm
Division: Grad
State: MA

Re: Awesomely Run Event Stories

Postby antoine_ego » March 25th, 2019, 1:06 pm

Mission at MA states was run ridiculously well, perhaps even better than MIT. The supervisors were knowledgeable, and were very thorough when examining the devices for dimensions (which cost us 2 actions since they were barely out of spec). Regardless, really nicely done.
Rest in Peace Len Joeris
[b]2016 Air Trajectory Nationals - 3rd
2018 Hovercraft Nationals - 6th
2018 Mousetrap Nationals - 6th
2018 Nationals - Team 9th Place!
2019 Astronomy Nationals - 3rd!
2019 Nationals - Team 9th Place!
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Captain 17-19

Return to “General Competition”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest