Thursday, May 10, 2018

Open Events- Don't miss these fun opportunities!

OPEN EVENTS 2018

Where: Pioneer High School Cafeteria (annex)
When: May 12, 2018 from 8:15 to 6:30pm
Events:
  • Hands-on-stations in Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Math & Technology
  • Dept. of Neuroscience, UM 
  • Dept. of Materials Science Engineering, UM
  • Michigan Science Center
  • National Science Foundation
  • Scientist Spotlight, UM – A showcase of current research
  • USGS Great Lakes Science Center

Monday, May 7, 2018

No Bones About It

QUESTION:
Will it be clear on the test whether you are asking about articular cartilage or meniscal cartilage?

ANSWER:
Yes. It will be clear.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

2018 Tournament Information (re-post)

Hi All,

In case you missed it, there is an important page on the WESO website that gives you lots of helpful information about how the tournament will run.

If you haven't already, go to this page and read carefully. It's all important!

The tournament is in one week - good luck!

The WESO Board

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Awards Ceremony Times

Correction: This year the awards ceremonies will start 15 minutes later than in past years.

2nd grade: 11:15 am
3rd grade: 2:15 pm
4th grade: 5:15 pm
5th grade: 8:15 pm


Back to Nature

Questions:


1. Could you kindly advise on the total number of questions that will be asked for this event?
2. If the participants have back-to-back events and would like to finish the test earlier, can they finish the entire test including specimen identification a few minutes ahead of time or do they have to follow a specific time sequence for this event?


Answer:
There are 30-40 questions.  Some very short (true/ false, etc) and some with multiple parts (matching, fill in the blank, short answer). There are also some bonus questions for tie breakers.

If they work fast they may finish early. We are not using timed station

ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH


Question:
In what format should the kids give their average velocity calculation answer, ie do they need to reduce the fraction or convert it to a decimal or whole number if appropriate?
 
Answer:
We expect that the students give their average velocity calculation answer in decimal form as they will be provided calculators. However, we will not take off points from answers given in fraction form.
 
 Question:
Are the students expected to launch the harness down the zip line themselves
 
Answer:

Yes, the students are expected to release the harness and cable car on their own. A volunteer will help the students climb onto a step stool so that they can release the cable cars at a comfortable height. 

Water Rockets

Q1:  Can the team members wear a hat as a group? 
A1:  Yes, they can wear a team hat.

Q2:  Can we have two parachute attached to one another for our rocket? 
A2:  Must meet length standards (250 cm fully extended) as per requirements in the Detailed Event Description. 

Q3:  Can the kids bring their measuring cup when they are pouring water into their rocket. 
A3:  No, they have to clearly mark their water level on their bottle. 

Q4:  What are the recommended readings for the kids on better preparation for the questions asked?  
A4:  See the Detailed Event Description and Study Guide on the WESO website.

Q5:  Can part of our parachute be fabric? Taken from kite? 
A5:  Yes but no mylar. 


Water Rockets 5th grade build, possible materials 


Water Rockets results and medals for the 3rd /4th team will be announced at the 4th grade award ceremony.  The ceremony begins at 5:15 pm.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Circuit Wizardry

I have three questions regarding the Circuit Wizardry:
1.       For the event, can the kids use an autoranging multimeter?
2.      Can you provide a sample problem using logic gates?
3.      Do the kids need to memorize the four gate truth tables?

Answers:
1) Yes, though it isn't mandatory.
2) Sorry, but no examples from the supervisors.  We suggest that you do a google search for examples.
3) I wouldn't say memorize.  Instead, the goal is that the students should understand how the logic gates work at such a level so that they can fill out the truth table.