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New Yosemite Satellite Invitational

Post by YosemiteSO » July 26th, 2020, 11:46 am

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ANNOUNCING THE BRAND NEW YOSEMITE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD DIVISION C SATELLITE INVITATIONAL

Hello everyone! I'll preface this by saying that we need volunteers for this event! If you are interested, please see the section at the end of this post, as we need volunteers to be test writers, test graders, event supervisors, and potential region proctors. Not only is this Yosemite Invitational's first year, but it is the first ever digital Scioly tournament! All events will run according to miniSO rules, meaning Boomilever, Detector Building, Experimental Design, Gravity Vehicle, Ping Pong Parachute, Wright Stuff, and Write It Do It may not be held. However, there is still a chance we will run build events, which is clarified in a section of this post.

Please visit our website for more information, to join our mailing list, and to volunteer to compete: https://yosemitescienceoly.wixsite.com/yosemiteso

How will the tournament run?

The tournament will run from the 12th-16th of December. That's right, this is a multi-day tournament. All events that are exam-heavy will be run with only exams in an online format. This means all events save those mentioned above will be run with the test component only, though it is at the test writer's discretion to add a dry lab component to their exam. Digital testing will run on the 14th and 15th of December, with half of the events happening on the 14th and the other on the 15th. This will happen through an online platform like zoom or another platform optimized for SO that I'm told is in development. The awards ceremony is on the 16th. If conditions permit, build events will run on the 12th and 13th according to guidelines laid out in the next section.

What about build events?

Build events will run on the 12th/13th of December if students are able to meet and practice for these events. Half of the teams would compete on the 12th, with the other half competing on the 13th. Conditions permitting, competing teams would designate a location at which volunteers can proctor them, most likely their school site or other location where they practice. Proctors will run all events listed above with times that are listed on the event schedule on our website. If this isn't possible a coach may proctor the event so long as supervisors from the tournament are able to watch all runs live. In either case no centralized tournament site is needed for the safety of our competitors. Teams would be responsible for providing the testing apparatuses for Boomilever and Ping Pong Parachute. Given different team's resources will vary, some build events may not be counted for the overall score (such as Boomilever if not all schools can secure a testing device). Ping Pong Parachute will not be counted for overall scoring per last year's guidelines for CA-based tournaments. Given the current order by Governor Newsom for schools to mostly remain closed, it is unlikely that build events will run, but we remain optimistic nonetheless.

How can teams register?

This tournament has been approved by the NorCal State Director, but teams are not yet able to register via Scilympiad. No more than two teams per school will be able to compete, with no more than 25-30 teams able to enter. NorCal teams with a state bid will be prioritized. Costs will be lower than most tournaments given that it is online. We will let everyone know as soon as we know when registration opens. Join our mailing list here for competition-related updates: http://eepurl.com/g_izqr

How can I volunteer?

We really need your help! It is going to take a lot to put this tournament on, especially with only 4.5 months to plan. But with confidence and your strong support we'll be able to make a little bit of history and give students the chance to compete again! We are in need of digital event supervisors, prospective in-person proctors, and test writers and graders. If you are able to help us out, visit our website and please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/J931nyXEt5mRCkgB8. If you can't, then spread the word. Publicity is our greatest ally and we would love to see teams interested in competing!

We are very excited for this upcoming competition season, and thank you in advance for keeping the spirit of Science Olympiad alive and well!
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Re: New Yosemite Satellite Invitational

Post by YosemiteSO » July 27th, 2020, 12:48 pm

Hello everyone. In these past 36 hours, the response to the tournament has been nothing but wholehearted support, and we hope that we can deliver on your excitement! That being said, we would like to post a quick update regarding a glaring issue many of you have pointed out about the schedule. Most of our volunteers are college students, and the 14th/15th are both in the middle of finals week! Given that we are in the midst of COVID-19 and things are constantly changing, we will continue working, but expect one of the following changes to the schedule to be coming in the beginning of September:

A) Given the dire conditions COVID-19 has presented us with, visiting schools to run build events may prove too risky. Because of this, the build evaluation days of the 12/13th of December would be cancelled, and the tournament will be converted from a satellite to a miniSO tournament with the digital events running on the 12/13th of December and the awards being revealed in a premier on YouTube on the 14th.

or...

B) Conditions improve and, while no full scale tournament can be held, it is possible for competitors to practice at their campuses/facilities and conduct build tests. If this is the case, the tournament will be moved forward two weeks into the first week of January, such that students are not yet in school and we have the space and time to run the best competition we can.

In either case, we want to cater to the volunteer base that is making this whole thing possible, as it is preferable that test authors supervise their own exams on the competition dates. Please keep the feedback coming, and we will proceed with caution and any updates we may get from the state of California and NSO.
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Re: New Yosemite Satellite Invitational

Post by YosemiteSO » August 2nd, 2020, 12:19 pm

Another update

Despite the positive reception, we realize, as stated in the last post, the current schedule is overwhelming and confusing for students wanting to volunteer. For this reason, we have tentatively updated the schedule.

Study events will now be held on the 12/13th of December (not the 14/15th as originally planned). The build dates and award ceremony have been removed from the schedule, as we do not yet know when those will be. We will update the schedule one last time in September once we know in what capacity all involved schools are returning.

Stay tuned, and thank you for the attention!

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