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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby 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

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

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

Postby 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

Postby 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

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

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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby Cheesy Pie » June 1st, 2011, 7:49 pm

Like what?
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby gneissisnice » June 1st, 2011, 7:53 pm

kjhsscioly wrote:
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.


You can't exactly get many real specimens for birds, reptiles, or bugs (trees is generally easier, and you might see some real bugs sometimes), so powerpoints and pictures are generally the best you can do. Whereas fossils are significantly easier to get, are generally much smaller, and you don't have to worry about preserving them because they're made out of rock (as opposed to keeping a dead bird in formaldehyde, which would be kinda nasty, or a live bird in a cage, which is much trickier to set up for an event).
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby paleonaps » June 2nd, 2011, 12:20 pm

The nationals test for Birds in both divisions had specimens.
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby Cheesy Pie » June 2nd, 2011, 1:02 pm

Ahem ornithology?
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby mingtian » June 2nd, 2011, 1:10 pm

paleonaps wrote:The nationals test for Birds in both divisions had specimens.

I mean, my states test was all bird specimens. Not that hard to get. There was even a red tailed hawk.


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