SciO season's in the air. That's Science Olympiad, and yes, I'm in it. =P
I've got another invitational tomorrow, third one of the year. This year, my events are Entomology, Geologic Mapping, Experimental Design, and Write It Do It.
- Entomology is the study of bugs. In the event, a partner and I identify and answer questions about an insect (preserved or in a photograph) within 2-3 minutes, and we rotate around stations. It's been pretty easy so far, placed 1st and 2nd the past two invites.
- Geologic Mapping is exactly what it sounds like, a partner and I are required to be proficient in geographic maps, geologic cross-sections, topographic maps, know geologic structures, and calculating stuff. I was thrown in to it last invite and we placed second to last. It's pretty fun, though, hoping to get in the top five tomorrow.
- Experimental Design is an event where you and two partners are given a bunch of stuff and we have to design an experiment and write a lab report, in under 50 minutes. They score us based off of a rubric and they give the rubric out. I've consistently placed in this for two years now as well as the past two invites. I personally think it's the easiest event since all you have to do to place is memorize the rubric and do the lab fast, but it seems like other schools don't have it down yet. =P
- In Write It Do It, one partner (me) sees a contraption built out of random things, and I have to write how to build it for my partner, 25 minute time limit. My partner then comes into the room while I exit and sees a pile of stuff, containing all the things in the contraption and extras. Scoring is based off of how closely your partner builds the thing, and it gets really specific. It seems like there's nobody who consistently places in this.
It's fun. This year my school's team has been pretty good, with varsity placing 7th out of 42 and 3rd out of 12. Hopefully we can make it to State this year, having missed it be less than a point the past two years. =P