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  • 2020-21 Science Olympiad

    -All events will be on Saturday, March 6th, 2021 will be a MINI SO tournament à Students will compete at their own homes, under the supervision of their parents/guardians

    -We are team C33 this year (William J. Palmer High School)

    -What I need to register you for an event: first and last name, grade, and school email + digital release form

    -Release form: https://statescioly.org/co/Docs/Releases?tid=1065&oid=40871059-1298-4b2e-a40d-578af1735d0d

    -Once you receive your Login ID, create a student account at https://statescioly.org/co (go to Tournaments, then Student Dashboard) and practice logging in

    -Student Dashboard: https://statescioly.org/co/Student/StudentDB (where you will go for events)

    Mini SO Events:

    Mini SO Event Schedule:

    Event Rules: Posted in our Schoology group: https://d11.schoology.com/group/3020280847

    Extra Event Resources: https://www.soinc.org/events/2021-division-c-events

     

    Events--no or minor changes

    Events dropping “hands-on” portion

    Events -- big changes

    Anatomy & Physiology

    Chemistry Lab

    Wright Stuff dropped

    Astronomy

    Circuit Lab

    PP Parachute dropped

    Codebusters

    Detector Building

    Write It Do It - replaced w/ “Write It Cad It” using tinkercad.com

    Designer Genes

    Forensics

    Cybersecurity Added

    Disease Detectives

    Machines

    Boomilever - replaced w/ Digital Structures or “Computerlever” using SkyCiv software

    Dynamic Planet

    Protein Modeling

    Helicopter--zoom Added

    Experimental Design

    Water Quality

     

    Fossils

       

    Geologic Mapping

       

    Gravity Vehicle--zoom

       

    Ornithology

       

    Sounds of Music--zoom

     

     

     

    DIVISION C – Description of Events with Changes

    Boomilever C: Please see Digital Structures Rules

    -      Here is a short tutorial on SkyCiv

    -      Participants should log into scilympiad’s Computilever event and start the test at the top of the hour to see the unknown contact depth and contact width. Teams must submit their design on SkyCiv within 45 minutes of them starting the test. Details for submission will be provided on the day of the tournament via Scilympiad.

    -      Participants will need to turn on Competition Mode on tournament day in order to submit their structure. Once in Competition Mode, previously built structures cannot be imported, participants are locked into the mode for 48 hours and they can only test their structure 5 times.

    -      Teams should use area load instead of point load and members must be rectangular cross section made from one of the 3 presets balsa materials

    -      Since only one partner can use the model in SkyCiv, the person making the model can share screen and/or video chat outside of scilympiad.com with their partner.

    Chem Lab C: No hands on component.

    -          Method 1 (if you have a phone or camera to take pictures or a scanner): Please do this test on a separate sheet of paper, and make sure to write your name and team number down on the first page.  Please make sure you make it clear which problem you’re doing in which space (eg writing 4.1) and then solving it) and this way you and your partner can turn in different files with your separate work without complications.If you can download a scanner on your phone to convert your photo files to pdfs or if you have a printer to scan it with that would be nice. Although I will take image files (png, jpeg, heic, etc), pdf is preferable. Email me your results at caltonkong@berkeley.edu and jjleung10.12@berkeley.edu and be sure to write your name, your partners name, team number, and team name in the subject.

    -          Method 2 (if you do not have access to a phone, scanner, or camera, please only use this method if you do not have access to any of those devices): Do the test in the short answer boxes in the Scilympiad platform. Type in your work, just make sure to write down the important intermediate steps. Don’t worry about subscripts or super scrips as long as it isn’t ambiguous, this should make inputting answers faster. For example 10^-5 is fine, pka is fine, CO3 2- is fine, etc. There are also 5 questions that would require you to draw, for these questions provide a detailed description of the key features of the drawing in as much detail and accuracy as possible. Then please send an email both the addresses above with the exact same subject title, but in your email indicate that you did method 2.

     

     

    Circuit Lab C: No hands on component

    Codebusters C: The Time Question may be removed (TBD)

    -          Participants can share screen, audio, and/or video chat outside of scilympiad.com with their partners. The participants should establish the call prior to the start of the event and stay within the browser during the entirety of the event.

    -          Please make sure to print the following page out for Codebusters: https://scilympiad.com/Data/shared/testRefs/CodebustersReference.pdf  Partipciants are allowed to use this during the Codebusters event.

    Detector Building C: No hands on component

    -          For questions involving mathematics, you can write your answers on paper to scan and upload at the end of the test. Clearly label the number of the question to which your work pertains and be as explicit in showing your work as possible

    Forensics C: No hands on component

    Fossils C: No hand samples

    Gravity Vehicle C: Please see [Gravity] Vehicle Design Rules

    -          This event will be using Zoom as the video call platform. Please have Zoom available on your phone with camera access. If Zoom is not possible, please let us know.

    -          There must be an adult present with the participant(s) competing during the entire duration of the call. The adult from the team being in the same room as the participant(s) is strongly recommended. Otherwise, an adult with the team must be available during video call during the entire duration of the call.

    -          Please submit the report in PDF form and not Word format.

    -          Report submission will be according to Event Supervisor Instructions.

    -          2.b. should read "The proposal may be no longer than 6 pages in Division B and 8 pages in Division C, excluding the budget section in rule 2.d.vii., which has no page limit. If the proposal, excluding the budget section, is too long, ES(s) will stop reading at the page limit."

    Machines C: No hands on component.

    Ping Pong Parachute C: Please see Cybersecurity Rules

    -          2.c. should read "Supervisors will provide a computer capable of running repl.it. Tournament Directors are encouraged to provide computer specifications to the teams at least one month in advance. For Satellite and Mini Tournaments, participants will provide their own computer. The computer may only be used in the hands-on portion of the exam."

    -          3.b.i should read “The Programming portion of the hands-on tasks will consist of multiple programming problems. Competitors must use an online IDE such as repl.it. Each problem must be solved using any of the following supported languages: C, C++, C++11, Java, Python 2, Python 3. Only the standard library for these languages may be used unless otherwise stated. Language-specific details may vary; other languages may or may not be supported. Competitors are recommended to include important documentation on their notesheet.

    -          3.b.i.(1) should read “Programming, consisting of applications and implementations of various common algorithms to various types of problems and test cases. Competitors will be asked to demonstrate these skills by writing code. Topics may include, but are not limited to:”

    -          3.b.i.(2) should read “Test cases for programming challenges will be provided to teams to test their program. The problem statement may include time and memory constraints; any given test case may fail if these constraints are exceeded.”

    -          3.b.i.(3) should read “Each problem will be checked against the answer and the code submitted. Point values may vary between questions based on difficulty and points given may be determined by test cases passed.”

    -          3.b.ii should read “The Cryptography portion of the exam will consist of multiple cryptographic challenges with topics from the written portion (3.a.i). Each challenge must be solved using any version of the Python 3 programming language with the aid of any or all of any version of the following libraries: pycrypto, pycryptodome, sagemath, numpy, sympy, and any module in the Python Standard Library. Any of the aforementioned libraries may be banned for specific questions at the Event Supervisor’s discretion.”

    -          3.b.ii. should read “The Cryptography portion of the exam test will consist of multiple cryptographic challenges with topics from the written portion (3.a.i). Each challenge must be solved using any version of the Python 3 programming language with the aid of any or all of any version of the following libraries: pycrypto, pycryptodome, sagemath, numpy, sympy, and any module in the Python Standard Library. Any of the aforementioned libraries may be banned for specific questions at the Event Supervisor’s discretion.” This change was made because repl.it, the browser Integrated Development Environment that many teams will be using, does not support the pycryptodome and sagemath libraries.

    -          Make sure your team is familiar with the HackerRank platform and program file input/output specifications.

    Protein Modeling C:

    -          Each team must submit six separate pictures of the protein, each from a different orientation that we have specified. In addition, if there are any additions, please take a SEPARATE picture of EACH creative addition. Make sure your pictures are taken against a background that contrasts with the color of the protein backbone so that the grader can easily see the protein.

    -          To submit the images, please create a Google Document titled “[TEAM NUMBER] - [TEAM NAME] COSO Regional/State Protein Modeling” and insert one image on each page and include a title for each image. Title the six different orientations using the corresponding numbers in this document, and title each creative addition as “Creative Addition [number].” At the end of the document, insert LEGIBLE images of both sides of your flash card. It is crucial that you turn LINK SHARING ON for this document so that when the time comes, we are able to view your document. Teams without link sharing turned on may result in having zero points on the pre-build portion.

    -          Images should be submitted by the beginning of the event time according to Event Supervisor instructions.

    -          IMPORTANT: In case you have not already done so, please make sure you have Jmol working on your computer BEFORE competition day. You will need to download Jmol and a Java Development Kit if your computer does not already have Java installed, since Jmol is Java based. If you do not have Jmol before your competition period, you will have to waste valuable time downloading the software during the competition. Any version of Jmol is acceptable for use.

    Sounds of Music C:

         - There must be an adult present with the participant(s) competing during the entire duration of the recording. The adult from the team being in the same room as the participant(s) is strongly recommended. Otherwise, an adult with the team must be available during video call during the entire duration of the call.

         - This event will be using Zoom as the video call platform. Please have Zoom available on your phone with camera access. If Zoom is not possible, please let us know.

    Water Quality C: No hands on component.

    Wright Stuff C: Please see Helicopter B/C Rules

    -          There must be an adult present with the participant(s) competing during the entire duration of the recording. The adult from the team being in the same room as the participant(s) is strongly recommended. Otherwise, an adult with the team must be available during video call during the entire duration of the call. The student participant must launch the device on their own, but the adult present can help hold the device while the student winds their motor.

    -          With coach or parent supervision, teams will follow the instructions in the rules and test their Helicopter in a typical room (ceiling ~ 2.5 m or 8 ft) at home on tournament day. Results must be reported by the time of the last event by submitting according to Event Supervisor instructions.

    -          Duration of Flight 1 (in seconds)

    -          # of single-bladed rotor for the device used in Flight 1

    -          Duration of Flight 2 (in seconds)

    -          # of single-bladed rotor for the device used in Flight 2

    -          Flight Log

    -          Video of each flight

    -          At the beginning of the tournament day, a unique word will be announced on scilympiad.com/co. Teams should write this word on a piece of paper and the video recording of the flight must include this piece of paper with the word. This is to help certify that the recording of the flight is made on the day of the tournament.

    -          Clarification regarding the single rotor bonus:

    (1) If the rotor can spin freely and is powered by a rubber motor, this qualifies as a single-bladed rotor.

    (2) If the rotor and hook are fixed to the stick, this also qualifies as a single-bladed rotor.

    (3) However, only one such blade in (2) will count, so any additional single blades do NOT qualify as a single-bladed rotor.

    (4) A blade attached to a helicopter with a rubber motor powering free-spinning rotors does NOT qualify as a single-bladed rotor.

    (5) A random object like a stick attached to a motor stick does NOT qualify as a single-bladed rotor.

    -          The adult with the participant may help hold the device to allow the participant to wind the motor.

    Write It Do It C: Please see Write It CAD It Rules

    -          We will be using TinkerCAD at COSO. It is a freeware available at https://www.tinkercad.com. The do’er or CAD’er should have this software available on their computer for the tournament.

    -          For the competition, the event supervisor will email all of the writers at the beginning of the hour. Writers can use any word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word, notepad, etc.) When the writer has completed their instructions, they should email the instructions to their partner (CAD’er) and the event supervisor. At the 30 minute mark, the Event Supervisor will email all of the CAD’ers with the CAD file with the scrambled pieces. When the CAD’er is done, they should immediately email the CAD file back to the Event Supervisor (time of the construction phase is used as a tiebreaker). If the parents and/or school do not allow student email addresses to be shared with the Event Supervisor, we will email the coach instead and the coach is responsible for sending the files to the Event Supervisor. We ask that everyone use only one monitor even if your computer has multiple displays so that it is equitable for everyone.