SoCal State Tournament

4/12/21

The SoCal State Science Olympiad Tournament Scores are now finalized. There are no changes to the preliminary scoreboard. Congratulations!

4/10/21

Thank you to all of you who joined us for the Awards Ceremony today. If you didn’t get to see it, you can see a recording of it below.

The preliminary scoreboard is now posted here by clicking on Tournament -> Tournament Results. The head coach has until Monday, April 12, 5 PM PT to let us know of clerical errors (e.g. team showed up as NS when they participated) in the rules using the Score Inquiry function. If the evidence is verified, the appropriate points, medals and trophies will be awarded for that team. Thinking that the team “did better” than the scores reflect will not be not considered. Students whose rank changes will be sent the higher placing medal between the ranks announced Saturday and the rank on the final scoreboard.


Click here to enter the Science Olympiad drawing. If you played Kahoot, be sure to take a screenshot of your username and final score and include it as part of your submission to increase your chances of being selected for the drawing.

4/4/21

The Science Olympiad photo challenge began yesterday! It is open to any Science Olympiad participant from any school, any region -- the more the merrier! As a reminder, the categories are:
  • Saturday - Team Zoom pose/formation (Accepted until Sunday night)
  • Sunday - Coach picture and appreciate note
  • Monday - Scioly pun/joke
  • Tuesday - Favorite Science Olympiad  memory (in photo form)
  • Wednesday - Binder/notesheet/build selfie
  • Thursday - Non-Science Olympiad-related team bonding picture (e.g. escape room, food/boba, etc.)
Please note that all submissions will be compiled and may be shared at the SoCal Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 10th. The winners will receive their own Science Olympiad branded water bottles, insulated tote bag, and reusable straw and/or a 3-in-1 pen-USB drive-laser pointer. Come back to scilympiad.com/socal each day for more information.
Upload your submissions here
Note: For your photos to be considered, please title your submission file: DayOfTheWeek_SchoolName_City_State Ex) Saturday_Hogwarts_LosAngeles_CA.jpeg
Good Luck and Have Fun!

4/1/21

Contact on Tournament day:
If coaches have questions on the day of the tournament, please email us at help@socalscioly.org. Be sure to review the event rules and modifications doc.

Reminder for Coaches:
Make sure to upload your signed Principal Verifications by noon PT, Friday, April 2. From the Student/Team Roster page, click on “Principal Certification.” Upload the signed roster by going to the Head Coach Dashboard and click on “Upload Documents” and choose the Document Type as “Team Roster”

Reminder for Competitors:
Prior to the tournament, students should go to https://scilympiad.com/socal and click on “Student Login” then “Take online tests using Login ID.” Participants should be able to see the list of all of the events they’re competing in. If the list of events isn’t correct, please let your coach know immediately.

Science Olympiad Challenge:
Starting on Saturday, we will be having challenges that students can participate in. Over the next week, we will have daily photo/fun challenges that students can participate in.
  • Saturday - Team Zoom pose/formation
  • Sunday - Coach picture and appreciate note
  • Monday - Scioly pun/joke
  • Tuesday - Favorite Science Olympiad memory (in photo form)
  • Wednesday - Binder/notesheet/build selfie
  • Thursday - Non-Science Olympiad -related team bonding picture (e.g. escape room, food/boba, etc.)
Please note that all submissions will be compiled and may be shared at the SoCal Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 10th. The winners will receive their own Science Olympiad branded water bottles, insulated tote bag, and reusable straw, a 3-in-1 pen-USB drive-laser pointer. Come back to scilympiad.com/socal each day for more information

Science Olympiad Drawing and Kahoot:
Join us for the Awards Ceremony starting at Sat, April 10, 3PM, and listen for a codeword to enter into a drawing. To increase your chances of being selected, participate in our game of kahoot which will start at 2:30 PM on Sat, April 10th. Winners of the drawing will receive their own Science Olympiad branded water bottles, insulated tote bag, and reusable straw, and a 3-in-1 pen-USB drive-laser pointer. Come back to scilympiad.com/socal each day for more information.

Helicopters B/C Update:
The adult with the participant(s) may help hold the video device to allow the participant(s) to operate the Helicopter and may also hold the helicopter while the student(s) wind(s) and attach(es) the motor.The Event Supervisors will time each flight and the Event

Cybersecurity C Update:
Make sure to sign up for the Programming Hands-On portion:
Division B: https://www.hackerrank.com/cybersecurity-b-socal-states
Division C: https://www.hackerrank.com/cybersecurity-c-socal-states

Gravity Vehicle C Update:
The distance for Gravity Vehicle is 9.25 meters.

Mousetrap Vehicle B Update:
The distance for Mousetrap Vehicle is 10.25 meters.

Mission Possible B Update:
Teams should join the video call for the time they signed up and not the 30 minutes prior to the sign up time as previously stated. The 30 min set up time is already included in the 45 min time slot.

Algorithms and Heuristics C Update:
All participants must read through and complete the steps outlined in the participation guide

3/25/21

Self-Scheduled Sign Up:
Thank you so much for scheduling for the self-scheduled events. More than half of you have already signed up since the self-scheduled opened last night at 5 PM. If your team hasn’t completed this or needs to change the scheduled time, please do so before Wed, March 31, 5 PM PT.

Clarification Deadline:
The deadline to submit clarification questions is Sunday, March 28th, 5:00pm. Any questions submitted after that time will not be answered. All clarifications will be final on Monday, March 29th, 11:59 PM, after which there will not be any more clarifications posted. Please visit here to submit and view all clarifications we’ll be observing.

Format:
As a reminder, the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament is a miniSO tournament. This means that students must compete from their homes. In order to ensure all teams compete under the same condition, students are not to gather together or compete at school. If partners happen to live under the same household, we ask that they also participate in their event in separate rooms and on separate computers if possible. And as teams are preparing and for the competition, please make sure everyone is following local and federal laws and health guidelines.

Resources:
As a reminder, if not already allowed, each individual participant can have a personal set of reference materials (e.g., binders, single sheets of paper), calculator, or other academic resource as specified in the specific event rule for use during the competition to facilitate social distancing, isolation, and to prevent resource sharing. Personal sets of resource materials must meet all the criteria established in the specific event rule.
Teams can decide how they want to arrange their resources as they best understand the circumstances under which they are competing and what their overall strategy might be. Using Anatomy and Physiology as an example, each partner may choose to have two different sets of notes so Partner A tackles all the muscle questions and Partner B tackles all the skeleton questions.
Please note that all resources used must still follow the event rules (e.g. in the form of binders, note sheets, etc.) With the exception of Astronomy which allows a computer/tablet as resources, notes in general cannot be in a digital format. We understand the cost and burden on teams to create a new binder, especially for such an early tournament. We ask that teams follow this rule to be equitable to all teams.

Collaboration During Tournament:
Partners are welcomed to use the built-in text-based chat in scilympiad.com to communicate with their partner(s) during the event. Teams are also permitted to use other forms of communications unless otherwise prohibited by coaches and/or school districts. Make sure computers are able to run selected communication formats.

Adding students to your team:
In order for your team members to compete, the students must be added to the roster. This is done by going to the Head Coach dashboard and clicking on “Submit Student/Team Roster.” Type in the names and grades of your students. The login ID will be automatically generated for each student and they will be able to log in using the login ID. Please provide your student their login ID, first name, and last name that you entered so they can log in. The login ID, first name, and last name you submit must match what they submit.

Assigning Students to Events:
From the Student/Team Roster page, click on “Students to Teams” to assign your students to the corresponding team. This step is still needed even if your school only has one team. Once that has been completed, you can click on “Students to Events” to assign events to the students. This step must be done in order for the students to compete on tournament day.

Student Log In:
Prior to the tournament, students should create their account on https://scilympiad.com/socal by visiting the web page and clicking on “Tournament” tab, “Student Dashboard”, then click either “Take online tests using Login ID.” If this is their first time, they will need to enter the Login ID, their first name and last name to create the account, then enter their password. After that, they can login using simply their Login ID and password.

Releases:
For those who signed the release form already at the Regional competition, no additional releases is needed. If a participant did not compete at the Regional tournament but is competing at the State Tournament, the release should be signed by the parents/legal guardians of that students (or by the student themselves if the student is 18 years old or older). The coach should go to the Head Coach Dashboard, click on “Release Forms,” and provide the link there to the participants’ parents/legal guardians. Please note that each school has a different link. Parents/legal guardians should be creating an account to sign this form and they should not be using their student’s account to sign this.
To see the list of participants from your teams with completed releases, go to the Head Coach Dashboard, click on “Verifications/Checklist,” and click on “Releases.” If the parents/legal guardians spell their student’s name the same way you did, the system will automatically put a checkmark for “Release Submitted” on the students/team roster. However, if they are different (e.g. Bob vs Bobby), you can still manually check the box under “Release Submitted” on the students/team roster.

Principal Verifications:
From the Student/Team Roster page, click on “Principal Certification.” Once this is signed, please upload this by going to the Head Coach Dashboard and click on “Upload Documents” and choose the Document Type as “Team Roster”

Awards Ceremony:
We will be hosting an online Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 10, 3PM PT. The livestream can be watched on the front page of https://scilympiad.com/socal The scoreboard will be posted on the tournament web page after the awards ceremony. Coaches have until Monday after the Awards Ceremony, 5pm PT to submit any scoring discrepancies (e.g. team showed up as NS when they participated) using the score inquiry function from the Head Coach dashboard.

3/24/21

This is a reminder that the self-scheduled sign up for the State Tournament will start today at 5 PM PT. Please make sure you’re in the SoCal State Tournament and not the joint-regional tournament. To make sure you’re in the correct tournament, check the top center of the head coach dashboard and if shows the joint-regional tournament, please click on the switch icon and select the state tournament.

There’s also a correction on the link to submit and view posted clarification. The correct link should be: https://socalscioly.org/?tab=clarifications

3/19/21

For teams advancing to the 34th annual Southern California State Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, you will find some important and useful information about the upcoming program below

Online Sign Up for Self Scheduled Events (Time Sensitive):
Online sign up will take place here
Sign up Opens: Wed, March 24, 5 PM
Sign up Closes: Wed, March 31, 5 PM
Coaches can sign up by going to the head coach dashboard and clicking on “Self-scheduled Event Signup”

Schedule and Team Numbers:
The preliminary schedule and the team numbers are posted. While we do not expect any major changes to the schedule at this point, we will let you know if there are any updates to the schedule. As we update the schedule, the one posted on this web page will also be updated. Please note the difference compared to the Regional schedule below:
  • Algorithms and Heuristics B and Game On C are removed
  • The time for Cybersecurity B is moved to block 5
  • Helicopters B and C will be run as a zoom video call instead of video submission.
As with the Regional Tournament, rules and modifications can be found here. The trial events do not count toward the team total but medals will be awarded. Any students from your school, including but not limited to the 15 official members, may participate in these events.

15 Official Team Members Roster Requirement:
Please make sure your list of 15 students is added to your team by 5:00 PM PT, Thursday, April 1, 2021. The roster should be printed and signed by your principal and uploaded (Head Coach Dashboard -> Upload Documents) before noon PT, Friday, April 2.
Division B teams may have up to 10 alternates for the medal only events and Division C may have up to 12 alternates for the medal only events.

Please make sure you check the National Science Olympiad guidelines on who can be on your 15 member team
We do not expect schools to substitute team members during the tournament. However, if an emergency should arise and a student on your team is unable to compete, you should email peterhung@socalscioly.org on the day of the event.

Caltech Science Olympiad T-shirts:
You can now order your own SciOly x Caltech t-shirts! Available in dark blue and charcoal. Get them from the Caltech store.

Science Olympiad Code of Ethics & General Rules:
Please review with your students and parents the Science Olympiad Code of Ethics & General Rules.

Event Clarifications:
Please submit all rules clarification questions by filling out the form here. The only clarifications we will be following will be the ones posted here. All clarification questions we answer will be automatically posted on the web page. The deadline to submit clarification questions is Sunday, March 28th, 5:00pm. Any questions submitted after that time will not be answered. All clarifications will be final on Monday, March 29th, 11:59 PM, after which there will not be any more clarifications posted.

Certificate of Liability Coverage:
The Certificate of Liability Coverage will not be needed this year.

SoCal Joint Regional

Congratulations everyone! Watch the awards ceremony here:




You can now order your own SciOly x Caltech t-shirts! Available in dark blue and charcoal. Get them from the Caltech store at https://bookstore.caltech.edu/catalogs/410/products/1025188.



Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.

Tournament Dates

SoCal Joint Regional: Sat, Feb 27, 2021

SoCal State: Sat, April 3, 2021

Questions?

SoCal StatePeter Hung
Inland EmpireLisa Marroquin
Los AngelesAlex Chao
Orange CountyChristie Pearce
San DiegoZoom Duong
Santa BarbaraShivam Misra