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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by googlyfrog » May 31st, 2011, 3:28 am

At the end of some of the stations, there was a tie breaker opportunity. That's why there were gray boxes after the white boxes. You were supposed to write the answers to the tie breaker in those gray boxes. For example, you'd have a station with a bunch of specimens and maybe you'd have to say the time period for each one. The tie breaker would be to identify each genus, so you'd write that next to each corresponding time period. Make sense?

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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by Cheesy Pie » May 31st, 2011, 5:18 am

Ahem. They could've given the contestants directions!
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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by Paleofreakazoid » May 31st, 2011, 6:15 am

Also, some stations had other tiebreaker questions, such as one station where there was a slab of fossiliferous limestone and you had to state as many facts about the limestone as possible in the 1:30 given per station, keeping in mind the fact that for the tiebreaker questions, each incorrect answer would result in a penalty (a -1 point). They did tell us to write in the grey boxes, but I think they meant white, because although the white boxes were smaller, the vertebrate tiebreakers at the last stations had one white box per question, and the grey boxes were placed in-between questions, resulting in not enough grey boxes per question.
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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by anatomy » May 31st, 2011, 12:38 pm

I hate it when they don't give us the right directions.
hahah i remember at regionals, somebody totally messed up their answer sheet so, they had to re-write everything.
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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by Cheesy Pie » May 31st, 2011, 1:07 pm

Ohwow fail. Yeah bad event directions suck.
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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by anatomy » May 31st, 2011, 1:30 pm

they suck especially when the supervisor is tells u something and then like 10 min later they are like no do that differently
that happened to me at an invitational and i was like WHAT?????
With fossils its always stations, so everybody had to go back. :(
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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by Kokonilly » May 31st, 2011, 1:34 pm

_anatomy_ wrote:With fossils its always stations
Everyone keeps saying that, but it's not necessarily true. At the Wayzata invitational here, fossils was a solid test - no stations, no specimens, just a PowerPoint that cycled through pictures. It was a decent test, but from what I gather, a little unusual.
Please do keep in mind that Fossils isn't always stations, though. As in every test for every study event, it depends on the test writer.

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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by anatomy » May 31st, 2011, 2:12 pm

Kokonilly wrote:
_anatomy_ wrote:With fossils its always stations
Everyone keeps saying that, but it's not necessarily true. At the Wayzata invitational here, fossils was a solid test - no stations, no specimens, just a PowerPoint that cycled through pictures. It was a decent test, but from what I gather, a little unusual.
Please do keep in mind that Fossils isn't always stations, though. As in every test for every study event, it depends on the test writer.
true it isn't always stations
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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by Cheesy Pie » May 31st, 2011, 3:56 pm

Yeah. The Wiki says stations and many competitions are stations.
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Re: Fossils B/C

Post by kjhsscioly » June 1st, 2011, 7:07 pm

Kokonilly wrote:
_anatomy_ wrote:With fossils its always stations
Everyone keeps saying that, but it's not necessarily true. At the Wayzata invitational here, fossils was a solid test - no stations, no specimens, just a PowerPoint that cycled through pictures. It was a decent test, but from what I gather, a little unusual.
Please do keep in mind that Fossils isn't always stations, though. As in every test for every study event, it depends on the test writer.

But most state writers have the access to samples and specimens, and at higher levels, they are usually station tests. The powerpoint format sounds nice - it was that way for ornithology at regionals for us, but it got hard because the slides were between 15-45 seconds. And picture quality could be poor. To me, nothing beats a good real fossil.

It turns out my school has a fossil collection :D . I was helping a teacher clean the geology and astronomy closet (which is the size of a classroom) and there were so many specimens and rocks and minerals in there.

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