The 2019 State Tournament took place on April 26 & 27, 2019 at NC State University. The event was organized by North Carolina Science Olympiad staff. A special thank you to NC State University and the staff at Reynolds Coliseum for hosting the State Tournament. Volunteer Award Winner: Ashwin Ghadiyaram Coach of the…
April 26 – 27, 2019
Kim Gervase, firstname.lastname@example.org
Division B Teams:
Here is the spreadsheet of Div B teams
Division C Teams:
Here is the spreadsheet of Div C teams
First Place Overall Winners
Home Base List *see team list spreadsheets above. Please let us know if you do not plan to use your space or need to be with a certain school.
Tournament Program – there is no printed program this year. Please download the Guidebooks App for access to all State Tournament information. Don’t have smartphone access? Here is the computer version with all the same information: https://guidebook.com/guide/103457/
Seating Chart for Teams – Flooring seating in Reynolds and sections 204 and 210 are limited to teams and coaches during the opening and closing ceremonies. FPOW competitors and coaches are assigned to sections 204 and 210 rows F through K and rows M through Q. Each team will be assigned spectator seats. Tickets for spectator seats will be given to coaches when they check in. It is the coaches responsibility to distribute spectator tickets. Unticketed spectators are welcome to sit in section 205 rows F through Q or section 209 rows K through Q.
April 28, 2019
Good morning everyone!
Final Coach Update
Are you ready for this? We are ready for you!
- Google consent forms (or paper forms) for each student you are bringing with you
- Avogadro roster completed
- Times for the self-schedule blocks picked
- Vandalism & Behavior form – signed by the principal or another admin – and everyone on your team
- Some kids, some devices, goggles, possibly a few pencils, a box of goldfish snacks, and a travel mug full of whatever gets you through the day.
- Parking – buses should follow the bus directions and drop off in front of Reynold’s, then head out. Cars parking on campus before 5pm need a pass. It is all electronic, but you have to enter your license plate and car make/model. Here is the link, do this before you come on Friday!
- STEM Expo is shaping up to be AWESOME. We have more than doubled the list of partners participating this year. Have I mentioned the free ice cream? Of course I have, but can you ever say ‘free ice cream’ too many times?
- Book signing – meet Rob Dunn, our keynote speaker and world-famous ecologist and all-around good guy in the lobby and get any of his books signed before the ceremonies. The Bookstore will be there selling books as well. Speaking of the Bookstore – every student will get a Visitor sticker in their team check-in bag. Wear to the Bookstore in Talley Student Union for a discount on merchandise!
- Trial events listed here. No wristbands required. Aerial Scramble is open to the public to watch in Carmichael Gym. If you no longer want/need your spot, please remove it from Avogadro, there are lots of teams who would like to participate, but the slots are full.
- Speed mentoring – will be on the second floor of Reynold’s. There will be signs and people to help with this. Have students head that way about 5 min before their allotted time. We will pair some of your students together depending on final numbers. If you didn’t get a slot, your kids are welcome to fly standby – have them hang out nearby in case another team flakes out on their spots and we will get as many as we can in to participate!
- Opening Ceremonies – You have been assigned seats and we will have maps to guide you to those seats. They are your seats both days.
- The Parade of Champions – 5 and only 5 representatives from your team can march in the parade. Teams will line up down the hallways on either side of the main floor. If you are new, follow the crowd. Students need to know their team number for many reasons, but the first is to line up in order for the parade.
- Slides for the Parade – Tonight is it, if your team slide is not in my inbox by 8pm, you get a blank slide of nothingness for the parade. Don’t be lame, send me something today. I have checked off everyone on the spreadsheet so that you can see if I have your slide or not.
- Team Challenge – 28 of you have accepted the challenge to see who has what it takes to battle their way out of the Coliseum in a grueling match of skill and endurance. I will send a separate email today with a few notes about the logistics on this. We hope everyone else will stay to watch, it should be fun and from our trial run estimates, should take about 20 minutes at the end of opening ceremonies.
April 16, 2019
- I know that several of you don’t plan to use a home base and will set up outside somewhere. Could you please tell me if that is your plan? I need those extra few spaces for the last few teams before I start squeezing people together like sardines.
- If I have you stationed anywhere in Talley – either the ballroom or a meeting room, I need to make sure you aren’t catering in lunch from anywhere. You are welcome to have snacks, but can’t get Papa John’s to deliver to that building. Please let me know if this is a problem and I will work to switch you to somewhere else.
April 4, 2019
Regional bids are final so lots of new info coming your way!
8. STEM Expo & Speed mentoring – 2-5pm in Reynold’s Coliseum. It has taken on a life of its own and will be about double the size of last year’s expo. The speed mentoring can be done in pairs if the students feel more comfortable, but we will have 60 undergrads, graduate students, professors and STEM professionals ready to talk to students about their jobs, their lives, and their favorite basketball team. Questions are written on die, they roll it and talk about whatever lands on top. Students will rotate through 8-10 stations in a 1-hour block to talk to a variety of people. You sign up for those slots in avogadro as well, but you have to put some kids on your team first and then choose them to do this.
March 22, 2019
A few more teams have joined us in the journey to States and it is time for another update! Let’s do this one Letterman-style!
*the first 2 emails I sent are copied at the bottom in case you need them*
March 11, 2019
March 9, 2019
Thank you for patiently waiting while I left your emails unanswered about States. This is a huge brain dump of information, hopefully it answers most of your questions! Please also read over the FAQs on the tournament page. I will continue to update this as you all start asking me things that I forgot to include.
If your team is NOT planning to come to states, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.
The State tournament page will be your best source for updated information:
These are the things that you need to do before states.
- Send your parents to the Google consent form link. *slight change from regionals– everyone must consent to have their photos taken.* This has become a huge stressor, especially in the age of social media where I can’t control who takes or posts pictures during our events, so the parents just need to understand that this is a public event and pictures might be taken and posted. These are coming to you in the near future, but it might be next week. Any student coming with you should fill out the form, including alternates or JV team members along for the experience. Confirm that you have the consent form either electronically or have a paper copy in hand to turn in at registration.
- Fill out thegoogle form survey by April 10. This is to give us a better idea on buses, numbers, etc.
- Have everyone sign the vandalism & behavior form again (same form as regionals), attached here.
- Enter your students into your States team in Avogadro, and self schedule into Walk-in events.
Self schedule will go live at 8am on April 5 and will close at 5pm on April 12. Tim will then go in and fill in the rest of the schedule pieces, just like regionals, so that you can print a schedule for each student.
- Get any permission slips needed from your school. I don’t need these, but you do!
- Figure out a plan to feed the students. The Talley student center is offering a boxed lunch that you can preorder and have ready for pickup at 11 on Saturday. This worked out great last year and everyone was happy with the quality of the food and the ease of picking it up in Talley. You can enter your team’s choices on this form.
Team number – you all have a team number now for states – it is on the spreadsheet. It may not be the number that was handed to you at Regionals – go with the number on the spreadsheet! (Here are the links for Div B and Div C & FPOWs) and will match your number in Avogadro. The schedules on the webpage (Div B and Div C) show you what periods you will be competing for each event. Yes, I am aware the the schedule has flipped from what you saw at Regionals. The conflicts between events are still the same, or in some cases, less conflicting.
If your team number is 1 – 20, you will follow the Light Gray 1-20 schedule, if it is 21-40, then follow the Dark Gray schedule, if it is 41 or higher, you will follow the Black 41 – FPOW block. You will soon see the State tournament as an option when you log in to Avogadro now.
Experimental Design – yes, this will be a real event counting towards trophies in both divisions. I am making this a self-schedule because you didn’t have to plan for it at regionals. Find 3 students with a common time open and be ready to claim your spot when scheduling opens.
Trial Events – Links for all of these here. We are going to limit all of these to 1 team per school per event, but it can be alternates. FPOWs – you are welcome to participate in these events, but you can’t bring extra students from your school to do them. Most will run twice, once at 2 & once at 3:15, but haven’t finalized that quite yet.
Rosters – If your team received a bid, you can bring any 18 students that you want, whether they were V, JV, or just joined the school last week. If it is an FPOW invitation, you can only bring the specific students who won – even if one of them has to be at a band competition, you can’t substitute anyone for them. If you are using alternates for the Trial events, please enter them on your team, just limit their involvement to the trial events.
Self Scheduling – you can see on the schedules which events we will ask you to self-schedule. This is an attempt to decrease the lines at construction events. It does help with crowd control. You will be glad to hear that we can lay the tracks for cars on Friday night, so impound should go smoothly on Saturday morning. This will open at 8am on April 5.
Fees – There are no additional fees to attend States.
Friday activities – We will have many of our old partners plus some new ones at Reynold’s Coliseum Friday afternoon from 2 – 5. You are not obligated to be there, but please try hard to let your students get the added experience of interacting with all of these great groups. Opening Ceremonies will then start at 5 pm sharp. There will be signs to direct the Parade of Champions line up on either side of the stage. Only 5 students can represent your team. FPOW students can all walk.
You made some suggestions, and we listened. Opening ceremonies and Friday afternoon activities will be worth your time and we want you there. The Parade of Champions will have a theme with prizes awarded for the favorite teams, trial event awards will happen on Friday night, we are doing speed mentoring for the students with folks from all over campus and beyond. Just to see if you are still reading – there is a free Howling Cow (the world’s best ice cream) station hosted by NC State starting at 2 on Friday afternoon. Social media will play a large part and there is going to be a huge team event on the floor of Reynold’s at the end of opening ceremonies.
If you are NOT coming on Friday night, or you AREN’T staying for awards on Saturday, you can still compete, but I need to know. We can’t quite get everyone on the floor of Reynold’s so if your team isn’t coming or is going to be small, I am going to place you on the second floor. I still love and you and the kids still get their awards, but we need the floor to be full. I have allocated 20 seats per full team and a section for the FPOWs to sit together.
Construction Events Spaces- Here is the link on the state tournament page showing the spaces that you will be competing in.
Construction Event Data – Regionals are not over under March 30, so the first week of April, we will release the combined top times & efficiencies for construction events.
Home Bases – these are still being worked on, stay tuned.
- Minors may not be alone on campus at any time.You must have people with you to get them between buildings and back to home base. If you need help with this, consider teaming up with the other school in your home base area or another school from your area. If you still don’t have anyone, please let me know and I will try to get an NC State student to help you.
- All problems that happen on campus occur when you don’t follow point #1. We’ve had eggs thrown at buildings, students getting hurt while attempting stunts seen on YouTube, and kids literally in the rafters of buildings. All when they were somewhere without a chaperone. Students can not be in home bases alone either. Our vandalism & behavior policy stems directly from fines we had to pay for damage done by students at a State tournament in an unsupervised home base.
- Talley Student Union is not a free-for-all-Wild-West-Stake-Your-Claim-on-a-piece-of land building. Many of you will be housed in Talley this year as a home base. We have the ballroom reserved and will be giving many middle schools a section of property to call their own. You cannot pick a lounge or large section of the food court to call your own for the day, they have to operate as usual for students on campus. If you plan to have pizzas, subs, etc delivered or bring all your own food picnic-style, you can’t be housed in the Union and I need to know that.
- Reynold’s is an expensive, shiny new building. If there are so much as smudges on the walls, we have to pay to have the paint touched up. We love being back in this space, but please, remind (perhaps emphatically a few times) your students that we will never be allowed in this building again if they destroy anything. They did a great job last year and I am sure that it will be the same again this year.
- Where to park. We are parking the buses closer this year and have a shuttle running back and forth for your drivers. As a reminder, buses cannot stay on main campus either Friday or Saturday.For real. I can not have 1 more discussion with transportation about all of you who break this rule, I have advised them to ticket the buses if they are parked illegally. Friday car parking is much better with our new system and more on that in another logistics email. Cars can park anywhere on campus Saturday that is not 24-hour reserved or a handicapped parking space.
- Registration. We will be in the main lobby of Reynold’s on Friday (2-5pm) and until 8am on Saturday morning. After that, any FPOWs checking in later in the day will do so in the Media Room in the West hallway of Reynolds. There will be signs.
- Impound. Mousetrap & Battery Buggy, Mission Possible & Roller Coaster, Thermodynamics, and Protein Modeling will impound at the site of the event.
- FPOW FAQ. Yes, parents can bring their students to the event, coaches do not have to come. Students cannot come alone. They still need all this info and must check in their students before they compete in order to get a wristband. No, they do not have to be there at 8am if their event is not until 1pm. As long as they have impounded anything that needs it on time, they just need to show up on campus early enough to check in and make it to their room on time.
I am excited to see all of you in April – good luck!