NC Science Olympiad
Buies Creek - Campbell University
Tournament Date March 18, 2017
Regional Director(s)
Location Campbell University
Schedules
Counties
Division B
Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Southern Wake, Northern Cumberland
Division C
Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Southern Wake, Northern Cumberland
School Registered
30
Division B Teams:
This Division B tournament has a capacity of 30 teams.
30
Division C Teams:
This Division C tournament has a capacity of 30 teams.
Important Links Regional Tournament Policies
Announcements
March 22, 2017
Scores now final

Hello All, 

There were 2 score changes from the tournament, one change in Towers B that was noted earlier and resulted in a flip for 2 schools in trophies, and 1 in Helicopters C that did not affect placement or trophies.

The much bigger change was that the wrong spreadsheet was accidentally used to award Div C trophies on Saturday.  The combined scores were used, which kept the same 5 teams going to States, but places 2 - 4 have been rearranged.  Many of you caught this when I posted the scores on Sunday.  The spreadsheets are correct.
I apologize for these errors, the system glitched at the end of a long day and our volunteers thought that they had the right screen up to read from.  I will contact all affected coaches about trophies soon.
Remember that head coaches can log in to Avogadro and see their team's raw scores as well as graphs of how their team did in comparision to others.
The top 5 schools in each Division are moving on to the state tournament.
As a reminder - if your SCHOOL did not receive a state bid, but you took First Place in COMBINED scores, you will be invited to States to compete in that event.  The State tournament link is now live with lots of information and I will get the team winners and FPOWS added to that list in the next few days.
I hope that everyone had a great time last Saturday and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!
March 19, 2017
Scores Posted

Hello everyone!  

I hope that you all had a great day yesterday! I have published the raw scores in avogadro, so head coaches can log in and see that data.  You will see a graph that plots all the raw scores for the day along with a red dot for your team to give you an idea of how far your team was from the top.  Below are the spreadsheets of rankings for all teams.

Division B

Note - there was 1 error found in Towers right after the awards ceremony that has changed 2 trophy placements.  Once scores are final, we will straighten this out with any affected coaches.

Separate scores - this is what medals and trophies are awarded from.

Combined Scores - this ranks all varsity and JV teams together.  This is the list that we will choose the FPOW candidates from.  If your SCHOOL did not receive a state bid, but you took First Place in COMBINED scores, you will be invited to States to compete in that event.  Please review the policy here.

Division C

Separate scores - this is what medals and trophies are awarded from.

Combined Scores - this ranks all varsity and JV teams together.  This is the list that we will choose the FPOW candidates from.  If your SCHOOL did not receive a state bid, but you took First Place in COMBINED scores, you will be invited to States to compete in that event. Please review the policy here.

 If you have any questions about the scores, please have the head coach email Kim (kdgervas@ncsu.edu).  Scores become final at 5pm on Wednesday.  As a policy, we do not release tests. 

March 15, 2017
Changes for the tournament

Hi folks, 

No matter how hard your day was today, I promise that your regional director Emily had a harder day in the office.  After working diligently to plan another great tournament centered in the convocation center, the men's basketball team won their game last night and now needs the convocation center by 2pm on Saturday for their tournament game.
SO - a few changes to the schedule are coming your way.  Please watch for Emily's email tonight or tomorrow detailing big changes on home bases, check-in, and rooms.  This is beyond all of our control, and I know that you will all work with her to make it as smooth as possible all day!
Div B Wright Stuff - this is the only event that we couldn't move to a new home, so we need to run it in the MORNING instead of the afternoon.  Event leaders will be ready to start timing at 8am and will run through lunch if needed in order to get everyone timed and out of the building on time.  If your team has flexibility in their morning schedule, we need them to fly as soon as they can.  If a few of you can be ready to wind at 8, that would be awesome.  
Here is a spreadsheet, please let me know when your team could participate so that we can plan ahead.
Bottle Rocket -  I've seen better weather forecasts for bottle rockets than Saturday, but again, we have no control over this and will deal with what we're dealt.  We will shoot rockets in wind, rain, sleet, and hail, but not thunder and lightening.  If the event leaders hear thunder or see lightening, then pool rules apply  - 30 min for the all clear before they will start again.  Wind gusts may significantly affect scores, we will do our best, but you can't hold out all day waiting for better conditions.
Awards Ceremony -  Sadly, no jumbotron this year.  The awards will be moved to the auditorium, which can only seat about 700 at a time.  This means a split awards ceremony - Div B will happen at 4, Div C closer to 5.  We'll hold to this as closely as possible.  With almost 600 competitors in each division, there won't be room for others to watch, so please plan to hang out in your home base area when it is not time for your awards.  This also means that you shouldn't invite the extended family to come and cheer; we have had fire marshals shut down awards ceremonies before, let's not add that to the excitement of the day.  Have your team fill in all the seats in an area and move to the middle.
Div B, you are free to leave after your awards, please exit the auditorium quickly so that the Div C teams can get in and get started.  
Phew.  Let me know if you have questions and we'll work to get them answered.  Thank you all in advance for your flexibility and help!

KIM

March 13, 2017
Monday Updates

Hi All, 

First - Action Items Checklist: 
 - have you sent the google form out to your parents either virtually (preferred) or in paper form and are you bugging those who haven't turned it in yet?
 - have you entered your students and their events in to Avogadro?
- Have you had everyone, including your principal, sign the Vandalism & Behavior form?
Remember to click the scheduling tab and self schedule into the events so that you can print a schedule for each student for tournament day!
We have made clarifications on many event resource pages as the season has progressed. Please be sure you and your students have checked those pages so that there are no surprises!
B/C notes: 
1.  Wind Power and Hovercraft have a test and device portion.  Even if you don't have a device, you can still take the test.
2.  Hovercrafts statewide are having compliance issues - the fan blades must be covered on all sides but the bottom so that a 1/4" dowel cannot get to the blade or we can't test it for safety reasons.
Div B FAQs
1.  There are no team numbers at regionals, you just need a school name and V/JV on your Mission Possible Flag.
2.  There is no impound for Mission Possible or Food Science or Wind Power.  That was a typo on my part at the beginning of the season.
Div C FAQs
1.  No impound for Wind Power.
2.  Bottle Rockets - lots of updates on this one, check the Event Resource page.
3.  Amazing Mech - please bring along your aurduino, connector cable, and LEDs if you can, we have a big tournament weekend and don't have enough equipment to spread around.
If you are having trouble, email me!  It is really helpful if you tell me your school name and tournament where you are competing, it saves me having to log in to our database to find you before I fix your problem.
Have a great week, 
KIM

March 09, 2017
Updates

I have updated the B and C schedule to reflect no impound for Mission Possible and Food Science.  Also, the Food Venue hours, Concession Menu and Prices, and Campus Map have all been emailed to you.

See you on the 18th!

Emily

March 02, 2017
Important Tournament Information

Good morning!

Our Buies Creek Regional Tournament is quickly approaching.  The schedules for Division B and Division C with locations have just been posted.  Also, Helicopters will be held in McCall Court in our Pope Convocation Center.  The ceiling height is about 30 feet, 5 inches according to the plan layout. 

Home base for all teams will be in the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center as it has been in the past.  The front doors to the Convocation Center will open promptly at 7:30am.  Registration will be set up in the front lobby.  We ask that only one person check the team in to reduce traffic at the registration tables.  While you are checking in, your team can head up the left or right stairwell and find your home base.  The tables will be labeled with your school's name.

Don't forget that impound for the following events will take place from 7:30am until 8:15am.

Food Science (Division B - Science Building - Room 311/314)

Mission Possible (Division B - Pope Convocation Center - floor of the arena)

Electric Vehicle (Division C - Pope Convocation Center - floor of the arena)

Hovercraft (Dvision C - Rumley Center)

 

Don't forget that impound for the following events will take place from 11:30am until 12:00pm.

Hovercraft (Division B - Rumley Center)

Scrambler (Division B - Pope Convocation Center - floor of the arena)

I will post a campus map, food venue hours, and concession stand and menu prices early next week.  Please make sure you print multiple copies of the campus map and also multiple copies of the B and C schedule.  We are unable to print enough copies of both to accommodate all students present at the tournament.

Thank you,

Emily Manhart

Assistant Director of Admissions

Campbell University

March 01, 2017
Monday updates

Hello everyone!
Very soon, everyone will receive a google form with permission/photo consent information in it.  Every student on the team must have this form on file to compete! 
I know that Google forms are new to some of you, so I made a tutorial video to help you.  Here is the link: https://youtu.be/BE1wLa3P1mo.  
If some of your parents don't have internet access, you can use the attached Paper copy, but please limit this unless absolutely necessary.  We have to scan every one of these papers and keep them and with 18,000 students participating this year, its a bit overwhelming and cumbersome.
If you have not tried to log in to Avogadro yet, please do it today!  
Here is the link for Avogadro: https://app.avogadro.ws
Your login is your email address (where I am sending this email).  I have attached the user manual to this email, and also made a video to help you get started on this.  PLEASE - do NOT create a new account.  If you do, when you log in, it tells you that you are not associated with a school, and then you have to email me to fix it.
You need to log in and self-schedule in to the walk-in events now.  Your team members do not have to be filled out to do this part.  We also REALLY need you to let us know now if you are sure you won't have a team for certain events.    Please click 'not showing' in any event that your team is not participating in.
You will need to turn in the Vandalism & Behavior form signed by you, your principal, and your students.  1 per team.  
Div C Updates

Bottle Rockets - we have made several clarifications, please be sure to check the event resource page for this one!
Amazing Mechatronics - we need students to bring their aurduinos and pieces with them, we won't have enough to supply to everyone.
Let me know what questions you have!
Kim

 
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