Indiana Science Olympiad

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Re: Indiana Science Olympiad

Postby ktrujillo52 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:07 pm

I hope everyone had fun yesterday at State. IU Bloomington did an amazing job in handling the competition.

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Postby E Edgar » Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:56 pm

Although this may sound a bit arrogant coming from a member of Bloomington South, I do think this was an incredibly exciting state competition!

I felt like all my events were run really well. Definitely, the tests for Astronomy, Fossils, and Technical Problem Solving were hard enough that they would've been challenging for everyone (although I'm still kicking myself for not putting the subphylum for blastoids in the binder). I also really liked that Physics Lab was not just run as a building event: the test was one of the hardest things I've ever seen and I doubt that anyone who just worked on turbines would've done very well.

I guess the Bloomington Schools won by quite a margin but I do think that State was much more competitive this year on all levels. I don't have a copy of the full scores yet so this may be a bit premature, but I do feel like Northridge and Munster both had very strong showings. Also, correct me if I'm wrong but I think that Valpo's score would've been enough to win state last year if you keep in mind that in 2009, there were only 22 events included in the final scores.

I couldn't have hoped for a better state competition in my last year of Science Olympiad.

Finally, I know I can speak for the entire team when I say that we are absolutely thrilled to be one of the two schools to represent Indiana in Illinois and at this point, our goal is definitely a top 10 finish.
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Astronomy: 2nd
Physics Lab: 2nd
Technical Problem Solving: 6th
Fossils: 8th

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Postby ktrujillo52 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:37 pm

The tests were definitely challenging. That cell bio test killed us. But the Anatomy test butterfly me off, I didn't have time to write the bonus essay and that was 15 points. It was a very long test. Congratulations on qualifying for Nationals though. Good Luck!

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Postby Parulidae202 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:06 pm

This was the second year that my school offered a science Olympiad team. I decided to join as a senior because I saw that one of the events was ornithology, and I have been studying birds since I was six. We made it to the state meet and I placed in ornithology but was upset by the blatant cheating that was going on during the test. I agree that the competition was handled excellently overall and the awards ceremony was very impressive for a first time competitor, but I was quite disappointed that some teams were using two inch thick binders during the ornithology test. I know several schools complained, and I am quite curious to know what the arbiters decided in this situation. I had a great time at Bloomington regardless, but I still want to know.

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Postby ktrujillo52 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:34 pm

Thats not cheating, check this out http://www.goshen.edu/bio/SciOlymp/rules.html

Scroll all the way down to Ornithology. Congratulations on your medal!

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Postby E Edgar » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:51 pm

Yeah it was an amendment to the rules that Indiana made.

I believe it was posted on the Indiana page early on in the year but was kind of difficult to find. (Our team didn't see it until the day before regionals)
Anyway, I think it would've been much better just to go by the national rules but you can't really blame the schools with binders for cheating.

In any case, if you placed in ornithology without a binder, all the more credit goes to you because that obviously means you were really good.
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Astronomy: 2nd
Physics Lab: 2nd
Technical Problem Solving: 6th
Fossils: 8th

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Re: Indiana Science Olympiad

Postby dickyjones » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:54 pm

Just so you know, it was also under the state science olympiad rule clarifications here. Congrats to all the teams there! It was great to be on the other side of SO this year.
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Re: Indiana Science Olympiad

Postby ktrujillo52 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:07 pm

Well I'm graduating this year. Although it's over for me I am looking forward to going to the competitions next year and helping out without actually competing, that should be fun. And state is supposed to be at Purdue Cal next year so maybe I can volunteer to help out.

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Postby Parulidae202 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:08 pm

Thanks everyone for clearing that up and my bad about the accusations of cheating... My school didn't find that info so I just walked in with the field guide, one 8.5 by 11 page of notes, and ten years of experience haha.

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Postby sciolykid101 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:23 pm

E Edgar wrote:Although this may sound a bit arrogant coming from a member of Bloomington South, I do think this was an incredibly exciting state competition!

I felt like all my events were run really well. Definitely, the tests for Astronomy, Fossils, and Technical Problem Solving were hard enough that they would've been challenging for everyone (although I'm still kicking myself for not putting the subphylum for blastoids in the binder). I also really liked that Physics Lab was not just run as a building event: the test was one of the hardest things I've ever seen and I doubt that anyone who just worked on turbines would've done very well.

I guess the Bloomington Schools won by quite a margin but I do think that State was much more competitive this year on all levels. I don't have a copy of the full scores yet so this may be a bit premature, but I do feel like Northridge and Munster both had very strong showings. Also, correct me if I'm wrong but I think that Valpo's score would've been enough to win state last year if you keep in mind that in 2009, there were only 22 events included in the final scores.

I couldn't have hoped for a better state competition in my last year of Science Olympiad.

Finally, I know I can speak for the entire team when I say that we are absolutely thrilled to be one of the two schools to represent Indiana in Illinois and at this point, our goal is definitely a top 10 finish.

Did North win?
Edit: South won
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Re: Indiana Science Olympiad

Postby Dark Sabre » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:05 am

If you did Mission or Junkyard, there's about a 50% chance that I judged you and a 100% chance that you saw me ;)

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Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:41 am

And Uncle Fester too. :)
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Re: Indiana Science Olympiad

Postby E Edgar » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:52 am

I'm not sure how many middle school students read this thread but from the looks of it yesterday, that was an exciting competition as well.

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson and Wilbur Wright Middle School and good luck at Nationals!
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Astronomy: 2nd
Physics Lab: 2nd
Technical Problem Solving: 6th
Fossils: 8th

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Re: Indiana Science Olympiad

Postby Friedoyster3 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:27 am

E Edgar wrote:I'm not sure how many middle school students read this thread but from the looks of it yesterday, that was an exciting competition as well.

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson and Wilbur Wright Middle School and good luck at Nationals!

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Re: Indiana Science Olympiad

Postby sciolyandmathcounts » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:50 pm

Wilbur Wright Middle School, after two years of just missing the nats cutoff, made it this year. :D I really epic failed Compute This and Road Scholar(15th and 22nd) but got 1st in Can't Judge. I really thought I'd medal in road scholar so that was embarrassing. BTW I really hope Purdue Cal goes bankrupt or something so the state competition won't be there next year. I'm surprised Stanley Clark didn't get in the top 5, since they made nats last year. And good job to Ben Franklin for such a strong effort.
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