Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pasta Bridges pasta?

Q: Can you tell us about all the different kinds of pasta that can be given for the pasta Bridges to build the bridges ?
We know that rigatoni , penne ,elbow macaroni ,Farfelle might be given . Anything else apart from these that might be given ? 

A: The pasta used in the competition will all be Barilla brand pasta. Anything selected for the competition will be common and available for purchase at any grocery store and will not be specialty type (gluten-free, mixed colors, organic) pasta. We suggest you practice with multiple shapes for both shaped choice and also for the long pasta (spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine...). All the ones you mentioned in your question can potentially be used in the competition. In the event coach meeting we also mentioned ditalini shaped pasta as an example. 

CIRCUIT WIZARDRY LECTURE / DEMONSTRATIONS FOR COACHES AND STUDENTS

CIRCUIT WIZARDRY
LECTURE / DEMONSTRATIONS FOR COACHES AND STUDENTS
Please bring your kits.
Different topics will be covered every Saturday

Venue: Scarlett Middle School Media room
Dates: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 1:15 – 2:45pm


Gravity Racer target distance, surface


Q1. To what digit is the target distance set? I know range is 0 to 700 centimeters, but is it to the 1s, 10s, or 100's? ( I know to the 100's is least likely)
 
A1.      To the nearest centimeter.
 
 
Q2. Will we get a chance to practice before our time slot in a similar surface? 
 
A2.      No. The surface in the Pioneer hallways is a fairly typical large tiled surface, mostly free of irregularities and no grout lines. It will be thoroughly cleaned the night before the competition.


 

iCompute: Number of bits for binary conversions

Q: When students are asked to convert decimal to binary, or binary to decimal, is there a limit to the number of bits of binary they can expect to see?

A: The limit, per the iCompute workshop on Feburary 27, will be 10 bits.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Estimania

We have been going over questions asked in previous Estimania competitions and would like to get clarification on a few things:

Q1.  In the past, 2nd graders have been ask to estimate the number of things in a container (i.e., how many M&Ms in the water bottle).  We consider that to be a volume question and 2nd graders do not need to know volume or area.   Questions:  Is this a volume question?  If so, 2nd graders shouldn't be asked, correct?  If not, which topic of study does this fall under?


A1. You are correct that estimating number of things is conceptually a volume question. However, the students can be taught other ways to estimate the number of items in a container without using the volume formula. The goal here is to have students use different strategies to estimate the answer. For example, they can count the number of items in small section of the container and they see how many such sections are there in the container to estimate the answer. We do not expect perfect answer for any question from the students. Second graders may get such questions. 



Q2.  We coach by topic.  For instance, Week 1 is the topic of Weight.  In the past, there have been questions such as these:  How many words in the story and how many pages in the notebook.  Which topics would these fall under?  


A2. There is no clear syllabus for Estimania. So it is hard to divide into different topics. It is all about estimating the answer using the information or an item provided to you at the station. 

I hope this helps.

Water Rockets Terminology Correction

In the original Water Rockets Study Guide, there was a misspelled word. The word "Decent" should have been "Descent".

An updated guide is available with the correct spelling here.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Barge Building Clay

Q:   I was wondering if there was a generic version of the sculpey clay used.  I'd like to buy extra, but it seems a bit pricey to by a pack for $10.  Please advise.

A:  We recommend practicing with the Sculpey clay.  We do not have a suggestion for a generic version.  The clay is reusable and it is possible to obtain the clay for under $10.  The clay has been available locally at craft stores as well as online through Amazon Prime (currently $5 or $6 with free shipping) as well as other online retailers.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah workshop ??s



Questions:

  1. Can you tell me for the practice session on March 10th 10-11:30 do we stay the whole time or just sign up for a short block of time to test our cable cars. 
  2. Also, I’d like to ask if you can provide any sample written questions that may be asked at the Competition. 

Answers:
  1. For the Lecture/Demo time on Mar 10th, 10- 11:30, you will want to stay. For the Practice sessions, you sign up for a 20 minute slot to use the Zip line apparatus (bring your own cable car/materials).
  2. The Detailed Event Description has a sample question at the very end. (Click on link)

Back to Nature Guides


Question:
Can teams bring homemade field guide/computer generated notes to the competition? 
 
Answer:
Yes. Books are also allowed. Just nothing electronic.

Aerodynamics




Question:

For the 3rd grade Aerodynamics, can you please confirm what type of ruler (plastic/transparent/wooden) is used.

Also, what size paper clips are provided?


Answer:
It will be a standard 30 centimeter ruler and, as detailed in the event description, the paper clips will be 1.25 inch long.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Pasta Bridges, Loading Beaker

1. When loading the pennies, can the hand go inside the beaker or does it always have to be above the beaker? 

    Answer:  The hand can go in the beaker, but it cannot touch the beaker.  (so, not recommended)

2. If the students notice that the beaker is tipping one side, can they adjust it before loading more pennies (either by moving the beaker or touching the pennies already in the beaker)?

    Answer:  Once the beaker is placed it cannot be adjusted or touched.  You cannot touch the pennies already in the beaker, as well.  We recommend that teams practice placing the cup frequently during the build process.

Write It/Build It



Question:
Can students completing the writing section write on different areas of the notebook paper if they do use any drawings/lines etc? Secondly, can they turn the paper horizontally and write? Or does the writing need to be in paragraph or list format? 
Thank you


Answer:
No, the notebook paper cannot be turned horizontally and it has to be written in list or paragraph form.

WESO board looking for additional people


The Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad is looking for persons interested in joining the executive board sometime in the next six months.
The Science Olympiad and WESO are devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by students. WESO is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, now preparing for its 16th year of learning and providing a county-wide Olympiad Event for students in grades 2,3,4 &5. There are 40 schools from across the county participating this year, including public, private and charter schools.
If you are interested in pursuing work with WESO, respond via e-mail to weso.science@gmail.com. In your message to the current board, please include:
1)   Tell us a little about yourself.
2)   Why are you interested in a board position with WESO?
3)   Can you explain your vision for WESO in the future ?
4)   What particular skills, experiences and interests will you bring to the WESO executive board  ?

For more information about WESO, you can find information at our website

Help holding light in Dome test

Question:
If there is only one kid per ‘team’ would it be ok  to have another student from from a different grade come in just to hold the flashlight while they are taking the planetarium testing? I understand each grade is to test  with only their grade so it would be strictly to shed light for them. Or Maybe this is a silly question, would they be able to use a head lamp?


Answer:
Your Olympian shouldn’t need help since the clipboards we give the team have a red-light attached .

Thursday, February 22, 2018

To Infinity and Beyond, 2nd and 3rd grades

1. DO the 2nd and 3rd graders need to know the spellings too, i mean would they be checked on spellings as well

No. As long as the word is recognized by the grader, it will be graded as correct. The only exception is if the spelling is so mangled that it cannot be recognized - then we cannot tell if it is correct or not, in which case we will mark it as wrong.
 
2. Is the plan to have the planetarium test yet ?

I may not understand this question completely. There is a dome test portion of the event, on the day of the event. Because the museum of natural history is closed this year, it is not clear whether we will be able to have a practice in a planetarium before the event.

3. I have 2 kids in each grade, Are they both expected to write answers together or do they get separate answer sheets ?

A team collaborates on a single answer sheet.

4.Are they allowed to carry any material or hand written info , i do understand they are allowed to carry the scientific calculator .

No material can be brought into the event. A scientific calculator should be brought to the event for 4th and 5th grade teams. 

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

iCompute Coaches workshop clarification

Question:
I have a question about the Icompute coaches workshops listed at http://emunix.emich.edu/~krish/iCompute/
I see two listed like this:
iCompute coaches workshop on Tuesday, Feb 27th, 7:00-8:00 pm, in room C231, Computer Lab, Pioneer High School.
 
iCompute coaches workshop on Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 7:00-8:00 pm, in room C231, Computer Lab, Pioneer High School.
 
I’m thinking the Feb22 one is an old listing from 2017, given the date and day of the week are different.  Can you confirm that the Feb27 data is correct?
 
Answer:
The announcements are ordered chronologically from most recent to old. Feb 27th is the 2018 date.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH workshop/practice

ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH
LECTURE / DEMONSTRATIONS FOR COACHES AND STUDENTS
Same workshop is being presented on both days
Sign-ups will be posted soon

Venue: Scarlett Middle School Cafeteria
Dates: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 10 – 11:30am

PRACTICE SESSIONS
Sign-ups will be posted soon
Please bring your own materials to build the cable car.

Venue: Scarlett Middle School Cafeteria
Dates: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 12 – 2:00pm

More dates for practice will be announced for April soon.

Map Reading Coaches Workshop

MAP READING
LECTURE / DEMONSTRATIONS FOR COACHES ONLY
Same workshop is being presented on both days

Dates: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Venue: Scarlett Middle School Media Room
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Dates: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Venue: Tappan Middle School Media Room
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Sign Up here

GENE-ius workshop

GENE-ius
LECTURE / DEMONSTRATIONS FOR COACHES AND STUDENTS
Sign-ups will be posted soon
Please bring your kit.
Same workshop is being presented on both days

Venue: Scarlett Middle School Media Room
Dates: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Time: 1:30 – 3pm

Photon Phun Workshops

PHOTON PHUN
LECTURE / DEMONSTRATIONS FOR COACHES AND STUDENTS
Please bring your kits.
Different topics will be covered every Saturday
Sign-ups will be posted soon

Venue: Scarlett Middle School Cafeteria
Dates: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 3:00 – 4:30pm

PHOTON PHUN
REFLECTION RELAY PRACTICE SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS
Please bring your kits.
Sign-ups will be posted soon
Venue: Scarlett Middle School Choir room
Dates / Times (Subject to change based on volunteer availability):
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1:20 – 4:20pm
Saturday, April 07, 2018, 1:20 – 4:20pm
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:20 – 3:00pm