Olympiad

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Information

The Massachusetts State Olympiad is a state wide competition. About 30-40 schools compete. It is held at Framingham State College, usually in mid-March. Groups of 1 or 2 students participate in each event, unlike in WSSL where you can have up to 4 people. Points are given for each event, and the team with the most points in the end wins. They go on to Nationals.

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Scoring

Scoring for the Olympiad is slightly different than at WSSL. For each events, teams are given from 20-0 points. 20 points are given to the winner, and 1 point is given to the teams who did 20th or worse for the event. Pretty much, if you show up and do nothing (but don't get disqualified), you get 1 point, Participation Points. No points are given to teams who do not compete in an event.

For your convenience, a quick scoring chart.

Points
Place
20
1
19
2
18
3
17
4
16
5
15
6
14
7
13
8
12
9
11
10
10
11
9
12
8
13
7
14
6
15
5
16
4
17
3
18
2
19
1
didn't place
0
didn't compete

During the ceremony at the end of the Olympiad (which Wellesley is known for not going to) the top ten teams for each event are announced. The 4th, 5th and 6th place teams get ribbons, one for each member of the group. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams get awards, one for each member of the group.

Finally, the team with the most points wins. They go to the National competition. The top ten teams are announced, however. The top three get plaques and a trophies.

There are also Trial Events at Olympiad. These events get points and awards, but the points do not count to the team's overall score.

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Schedules

At the Olympiad, the day is broken up by the events. Teams are given a number, and often events go twice, once for odd teams and once for even. Each block lasts for an hour, and certain events will go then. From noon to one there is a lunch break. Though you can get lunch at Framingham State College, Wellesley usually goes to get subs across the street. Then there are more events in the afternoon. Build Ahead events meet most of the day, and each team has a time for each event they are in. The teams are separated by 15 minutes, although sometimes the event is running a bit late. Finally, around 4 or 5, once all the scores are turned in by the judges and the totals are figured out, they have the Award Cerimony. Wellesley does not like to stay this long, but some members (like myself) do stay, and that is how Wellesley gets their awards. At the Cerimony they give out awards and announce the top ten teams for each event.

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Events

Olympiad has about 20 events, with a few trial events. WSSL has some of the same events as Olympiad, but not all of them. For each event, a team can send 1 to 2 people.

(from soinc.org)

  • Ecology
  • Disease Detectives
  • Designer Genes
  • Entomology
  • Health Science
  • Oceanography
  • Remote Sensing
  • Astronomy
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Physics Lab
  • Circuit Lab
  • Sounds of Music
  • Food Science
  • Chem Lab
  • Forensics
  • Robot Ramble
  • Wright Stuff
  • Scrambler
  • Boomilever
  • Write It, Do It
  • Experimental Design
  • Fermi Questions
  • Five Star Science

 

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