Yawn, Wright State was fun today. I'm tired now, but I'll do a quick recollection of my day.
Get to the Protein Modeling room at 7:30, which is when impound is supposed to start, and the proctor isn't there. No big deal, I figured I'd just wait around for a bit. Other teams start to show up, and we're all just hanging out. Proctor ends up showing up at 8:30, when the event itself was set to start. Some teams had to go do other events, and ended up just leaving the pre-build in the room, so I watched those for them. As for the event itself, the test was well written, but there was no on-site build, which is the only part of the event that I know. My partner did decent I guess, and we pulled 20th or something like that.
Went to Optics, which I was mainly there for moral support. My partner bumped the first mirror as he was taking the sticky notes off, and that resulted in missing the second one completely. Apparently our other team did it too. Test looked pretty tough to me, but I wouldn't know, I was in charge of finding stuff in the binder. I forget what we placed in there, but it was top 20.
Anatomy was next, and I'm kinda backup in there too, which turned out to be a good thing. They had actual specimens for us to look at, which was really cool and all, but it made the room reek of preservatives, which made my head hurt and made me sick. By the halfway point I had kinda stopped thinking so I let my partner fully take over. Pulled like 18th in there, give or take.
By this time I'm starving, and I have Disease, so I can't run to a concession stand to find food. Thankfully I had a pack of Combo's in my bag, which turned out to be life savers. Went in, Disease test was very good, there was a few things that I messed up on and probably would've gotten had I not been restrained for time(my partner hardly knows the event at all, so I did most everything). Pulled 12th though, which is really good for me in Disease.
Had a time slot off, and got to eat some pizza, which was meh, but food is always good. Then I got to do Technical Problem Solving for the first time ever. Just gonna say, it's one of my favorite events now. There were three problems. One had something to do with a ramp and friction, and I'm not sure of the specifics because my partner handled that one. The second was a weight dipped in a mystery liquid(that we had a sample of), and we had to guess how much the weight would weight after it had been dipped in. I don't think we ended up figuring that out.
The third one is what I did though. You had an erlenmeyer flask, 4 alka-seltzer tablets, water, and a rubber stopper hooked up to a pressure sensor(which hooked into a graphing calculator that they provided), and you had to get a combination that would get as close to 150 KPA. I decided to set water as a constant, and used 50ml for all tests(reasoning behind 50 is it's a round number for me, lol). First test I dropped an entire tablet in, and it gave me way too much pressure(I couldn't hold the stopper on). I tried a half a tablet, and from there set up a proportion to find out how much alka-seltzer I needed to hit 150. I ended doing better than most teams, I hit 145.9 KPA. Had I been more experienced in the event, my writeup of the logic and math would've been a lot better, but meh, I was happy with myself. We ended up getting 19th, so I was content.
Overall it was a fun day. Protein was a little frustrating, but the proctor did come from Indiana and drive up this morning, and he was a volunteer, so I can't blame him too much. It seemed all our good events(read:not the ones listed above) did bad(our helicopter broke, and instead of placing in the top 2 like we always do, we got dead last(we probably would've won if it weren't for that, and some team got their copter stuck in the light and got a 6:00+ minute flight, and it was still considered to be supporting itself somehow), and our Mission Possible balloon became detached(and that normally places even on bad days, it wins on good days) and our worse events(Technical, Anatomy, Remote, Disease, and a few others) did better than usual. Hopefully we can bounce back at WLS and get some momentum going into Regionals.
Anyone else have stories to share?
2011 Events: Anatomy & Physiology, Disease Detectives, Ecology, Microbe Mission, Mission Possible, Optics, Birds, Protein Modeling, Technical Problem Solving
2012 Events: Anatomy & Physiology, Disease Detectives, Elastic Gliders, Trees, Microbe Mission, Protein Modeling, Remote Sensing