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The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by atxscioly » August 7th, 2020, 1:10 pm

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ATX Science Olympiad is excited to announce our sixth annual invitational tournament from October 23-25, 2020! Registration will open at 1:00 PM C.T on Friday, August 21 for Texas teams and at 1:00 PM C.T on Saturday, August 22 for all others at scilympiad.com/ut-invite.

Due to COVID-19, our tournament will take place virtually. We will run the events listed here. These are the events specified by the miniSO format, without Game On and with the addition of Detector Building. Furthermore, we’ll have a couple of trial events, including the ever-popular Data Science.

This year, the theme for our tournament is accessibility. The transition to virtual events disproportionately impacts certain groups more than others, and we want our tournament to be as accessible as possible to anyone on any team, large or small, regardless of the barriers they face. After consulting with teams and coaches from around the country and reviewing the results of our pre-season survey, here are a couple of changes we’re making:
  • Flexible timing and no event conflicts. Competitors will be allowed to take timed exams during an extended testing window. This way, unstable internet connections, family commitments, jobs, etc. will be less of a barrier to competing. Additionally, competitors will not have to worry about event conflicts, which disproportionately affect teams with less students..
  • Larger and more geographically diverse than ever. This tournament is open to teams from any state. We will guarantee registration to the first 60 teams in each division and first 40 teams from Texas, making it our largest tournament ever.
  • Verified scoring for every test. By using Scilympiad, we can enforce time limits on exams, auto-grade certain types of questions, and have event supervisors score every test. As a result, we can allow a huge number of teams to compete while still ensuring the integrity and legitimacy of the competition at all levels.
Our full plan and tournament policies are available here.

This tournament will have a fee of $45 per team, which is waived for all Title I schools. As always, we do not require any payment at the time of registration.

If this registration fee (or any other aspect of our tournament, such as having no prior experience with Scilympiad) is a barrier to your team’s participation in our tournament, please shoot us an email at atxscioly@gmail.com so we can find something that works for you. We want every part of this tournament to be as stress-free as possible and we will be flexible and accommodating at every step. We hope to see y’all at our tournament in October!

If you are an alum interested in helping run our tournament, please fill out this form to apply to be an event supervisor or this form to join the Exam Review Committee - we’d love to have you!

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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by atxscioly » August 12th, 2020, 11:15 am

After consulting with National Science Olympiad, we have decided to adopt the Scilympiad platform to run our virtual tournament. By using Scilympiad, we can enforce time limits on exams, auto-grade certain types of questions, and have event supervisors score every test, allowing a higher degree of integrity and legitimacy to the results and tournament as a whole.

To ensure that the transition to Scilympiad is as smooth as possible, we are now opening registration at 1:00 PM C.T on Friday, August 21 for Texas teams and at 1:00 PM C.T on Saturday, August 22 for all others. Instead of using a Google form, registration will take place at scilympiad.com/ut-invite. The original post has been updated to reflect these changes, but you can always find the most up-to-date information on our website!
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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by Vive » August 13th, 2020, 8:02 am

atxscioly wrote:
August 12th, 2020, 11:15 am
After consulting with National Science Olympiad, we have decided to adopt the Scilympiad platform to run our virtual tournament. By using Scilympiad, we can enforce time limits on exams, auto-grade certain types of questions, and have event supervisors score every test, allowing a higher degree of integrity and legitimacy to the results and tournament as a whole.

To ensure that the transition to Scilympiad is as smooth as possible, we are now opening registration at 1:00 PM C.T on Friday, August 21 for Texas teams and at 1:00 PM C.T on Saturday, August 22 for all others. Instead of using a Google form, registration will take place at scilympiad.com/ut-invite. The original post has been updated to reflect these changes, but you can always find the most up-to-date information on our website!
Thank you for the clarification in this post.

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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by sciolyperson1 » October 16th, 2020, 10:23 pm

I've created an awards ranking spreadsheet here, and will be updating it during awards on Sunday evening.

http://bit.ly/ut-awards-sheet
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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by KingDJ777 » October 22nd, 2020, 8:36 pm

Does anyone know to how places medals will be given to for UT Austin Invitational (ie top 3, or 5, or 10, or etc.)? I looked various places, but still couldn't find it.

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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by DankMemes » October 22nd, 2020, 9:19 pm

KingDJ777 wrote:
October 22nd, 2020, 8:36 pm
Does anyone know to how places medals will be given to for UT Austin Invitational (ie top 3, or 5, or 10, or etc.)? I looked various places, but still couldn't find it.
Event medals are Top 6 for Divison B and Top 10 for Division C.
Team trophies are Top 6 for each division.

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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by EwwPhysics » October 23rd, 2020, 9:08 am

Good luck to everyone competing today and tomorrow! Very excited (and nervous) for my first ever Division C tournament :)
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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by pepperonipi » October 23rd, 2020, 10:23 am

Good luck to everyone competing!
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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by jaggie34 » October 23rd, 2020, 6:17 pm

Good luck all (especially on circuit lab ;) )
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Re: The University of Texas at Austin Invitational 2020

Post by Umaroth » October 23rd, 2020, 6:38 pm

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