Lean Mean Meme Machine

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Lean Mean Meme Machine

Type Inquiry
Category Lab
Division C Results
1st William P. Clements High School (MIT), Avon Lake High School (Solon)
2nd Ward Melville High School (MIT), Olentangy Orange High School (Solon)
3rd West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (MIT), North Pocono High School (Solon)


Lean Mean Meme Machine is a Division C trial event about meme culture that was created in the 2019-2020 season. The event encompasses meme formatting, meme making, and the history of the meme. It has been run at the 2020 MIT Invitational and Solon Invitational.

The Event

Similar to Protein Modeling, this event has three phases: the Pre-Built Meme, the On-Site Meme, and the written exam. The three phases are scored separately, and then the scores are added to determine a final score. In the event teams are allowed 1 sheet of paper for notes, but that sheet of paper may not contain any images. Participants are allowed one non-programmable, non-graphing calculator, and a set of colored pencils in the event.

Pre-Built Meme

  • Teams must create a meme surrounding a provided topic that will be released one week before competition. This topic is determined by the event supervisors, and can be whatever they please.
  • This meme may be any type of format of meme, but must be a pictorial meme (as opposed to other types of media such as video).
  • A printed copy of the meme must be presented at impound, labeled with team name and number. The meme may be hand-drawn or digitally created. If color printing a digitally created meme is an issue, teams may submit a black-and white copy, along with uploading a digital copy to a provided online form.
  • Memes must not have any mean-spirited or inappropriate content.
  • Only one meme submission is allowed per team.
  • The best impounded memes will be put on a slideshow, which will be shown before the award ceremony begins.

On-Site Meme

  • Teams will have fifteen minutes to create a meme surrounding a provided topic that will be provided at

the start of the competition.

  • Teams will be given three different formats of popular memes to choose from (For example, ‘dat boi’ or

‘grumpy cat’), and must attempt to recreate one of the three memes in their submission.

  • The meme must be hand-drawn. There will be no penalties for poor artistry.
  • The meme must be labeled with the format that the team has selected to recreate.
  • Memes must not have any mean-spirited or inappropriate content.
    • The best on-site memes will be put on a slideshow, which will be shown before the award ceremony begins.

Written Exam

  • Participants will be presented with questions in a timed station-to-station format
  • Participants will be expected to answer questions on the following topics:
  1. Meme Identification
  2. General History Of Memes
  3. History Of Specific Memes
  4. Social Context And Relevance Of Memes
  5. Platforms For Meme Dispersal (i.e Reddit, 4Chan, Tumblr)
  6. Origin Of Memes
  7. The Meme Economy
  8. Basic Mathematics
  9. Memetics
  10. Development Of The Internet
  • Meme identification questions will come from memes from the following eras in the following proportions:
  1. Classic Memes (early 2000s); 10%
  2. Lolcat and Rage Comic era Memes (mid 2000s); 20%
  3. Meme Renaissance (late 2000s to early 2015); 30%
  4. Recent Memes (2016 – present); 40%


Scoring

  • The team with the highest score in the lowest number Tier wins. Final score will be derived from all

three parts of the competition:

  • The pre-built meme (Part I) accounts for 25% of the final score.
  1. The pre-built score is based on creativity, humor, and applicability to the provided topic. Each criterion will have equal (1/3) weight. Failure to successfully impound a pre-built meme will result in a score of zero on the pre-built section.
  2. Memes with inappropriate or meanspirited (making fun of other teams, etc.) content will result in the team being Tiered. Inappropriate memes will be Tiered at the discretion of the event supervisor.
  • The on-site meme (Part II) accounts for 25% of the final score.
  1. The on-site score is based on creativity, humor, applicability to the provided topic, and faithfulness to the selected meme. Each criterion will have equal (1/4) weight.
  2. Memes with inappropriate or meanspirited (making fun of other teams, etc.) content will result in the team being Tiered. Inappropriate memes will be Tiered at the discretion of the event supervisor (make sure you would be ok with your grandma seeing the meme).
  • The written exam (Part III) accounts for 50% of the final score.
  • Ties will be broken using identified questions from the written exam (Part III).
  • Teams may also be Tiered for having images on their note sheet.

Meme History

Classic Memes

As defined by the rules, Classic Memes are considered to be memes from the early 2000's.

Lolcat and Rage Comic Era Memes

As defined by the rules, this era of memes defines those from the mid-2000's.

Meme Renaissance

As defined by the rules, this era of memes defines those from the late 2000's to 2015.

Recent Memes

As defined by the rules, this era of memes defines those from 2016 to the present.

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