April 20 – 21, 2018
Kim Gervase, firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Base List *subject to change until April 15. Please let us know if you do not plan to use your space or need to be with a certain school.
My favorite part of yesterday was talking to all of you – hearing your stories, having some laughs and in general, just enjoying how amazing this entire group of human beings is. Thank you for all that you do to make our NCSO family such a supportive, incredible, fun group to be part of. I truly have the best job in the world.
Stuck on Science Results
Here are hotels that have confirmed blocks of rooms for our teams for States 2018.
Info for Mission Possible – no changes from regionals, but in case you slipped through – no lithium batteries and you have to be able to show the event leaders the battery; which you can’t do in an iphone, so don’t use it. When using water to complete a circuit, you need to pour fresh water in to a container, not a mixture of any kind.
Info for Crime Busters B at States, modified from our clarification for regionals: NC Only: 3. NC will only be focusing on parts 3.c i and iii (Qualitative Analysis, solids and liquids, there will be NO non-powdered metals. There will also be NO mixtures). 3.d iii. (Recyclable Plastics), and 3.f. i, iii, and iv. (Fingerprints, shoe prints, tire treads, and soil). Additional questions may be asked on general lab safety and procedure and chemical and physical properties and common uses of the unknown substances in parts 3 c & d. Note: Solid KI and liquid KI will be added to the Crimebusters toolkits (hmm – what could this be for?).
Info for Forensics C at States, again modified from regionals: NC Only will only be focusing on parts 3.b.(Qualitative Analysis), 3.c.i (Plastics) and 3.e i, vi, and vii (Fingerprints, Seeds, Pollen, Tracks, and Soil). Additional questions may be asked on general lab safety and procedure and chemical and physical properties and common uses of the unknown substances in parts 3b and 3c.
State tournament will use the following APPROXIMATE scoring: Part 3b, 35%, Part 3c, 20%, Part 3e, 15% and Part 3f 30%. Analysis questions / points may be distributed with the evidence sections.
Rocks & Minerals: The state event leaders would like to remind you to add the following samples to your official list for the State tournament: 2 rocks – diabase and phosphate rock (phosphorite) and 3 minerals – pyrophyllite, kyanite and spodumene
Amazing Mech B & C – will be run in a computer lab on campus. B Div will be will be programming on the Pis this round. Div C will be using the tinkercircuits software for coding, but will be troubleshooting actual arduinos for that section.
Coach Email #4 4/12/18
1. Avogadro self schedule is now closed. You can (and should before I start hounding you hourly) still put kids on your teams and in events. We finished entering your schedules today, so you should now be able to go in and print a schedule for each student and the team as a whole. Amy checked approximately 4,800 boxes today to do that. Odds are, one is wrong somewhere in that mix. The default schedule for your team is the printed schedule – email Amy (email@example.com) if something isn’t right in Avogadro, she’ll fix it, no worries, just know that we aren’t randomly moving you into new periods. Every student that is competing in something should be entered in Avogadro – even the alternates who are doing trials only.
Coach Email #3 4/6/18
Home bases – I did my best to pair up sister schools, people that I knew collaborated, and other groups that I thought had common interests. After that, I started filling in rooms. If you hate your roommate, let me know and I will see if I can tweak the list a bit. We do not assign FPOW students a home base. You are welcome to hang out in Reynolds during the day.
Coach Email #2 3/30/18
The State tournament page will be your best source for updated information:
2. Trial events – I have opened all but Stuck on Science (this is just a drop-off-be-judged-later event) for sign up in Avogadro now. I think that we can accomodate 20 teams per hour in each event, so we will run them all twice. Please sign your team up for a slot before they run out. These will occur in rooms around campus that I could secure on a Friday afternoon, and I will publish that list soon.
Coach Email #1 3/18/18