News and Updates

Hang Time

Q:  Are 1.25 L bottles ok for Hang Time rockets?
A:  No.  ” One-liter plastic bottle”

Q: Is kite fabric ok to use for Hang Time parachutes?
A: Yes, fabric, including nylon or other fabric used for kites is acceptable.

Q:  Can rockets be launched at less than 35 psi?
A:  No.  ” L9. All rockets will be launched at 35 psi”

Participant Release and Emergency Medical forms


We have both digital and printed forms. Which do you prefer? Because we’re deciding if we should scan the paper forms or print the digital ones.


You can send the digital participant release forms to,  paper copies should be alphabetized and submitted to the WESO Board by having your School Head Coach bring them along to the Pioneer High School walk through, or drop them off at the pro Shop at Lake Forest Golf Club, 3110 W Ellsworth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

You should keep with you and have access to your emergency medical forms on the day of the Olympiad.

To Infinity and Beyond, WESO 2019 Orientation to the Pioneer Planetarium

Wednesday evening, May 1st
Pioneer High School

5:30-6:00     2nd grade student competitors

6:10-6:40     3rd grade student competitors

6:50- 7:20   4th grade student competitors

7:30-8:00    5th grade student competitors

These workshops will be held in the Planetarium for student competitors ONLY! Parents and coaches should come prepared to wait for your team members outside in the hall. 

The presentation will be grade level specific with the purpose of helping the students to get used to how to orient themselves so that they can identify objects they see in the sky-dome.
The planetarium is located on the second floor of PHS close to the 7th street doors (West). 
Parking is available at the other end of the building by the Flagpole entrance (East),close to Main Street.
The entrance is on the 1st floor, so you will have to use a stairwell to get to the 2nd floor. 
We will have a few people helping in the hallwayto direct you to the Planetarium.
 It is a long walk, so please plan an extra 10 minutes before the workshop is
scheduled. As with most planetariums, once the room is darkened late participants will not be admitted.
The WESO Board

Back to Nature: Geology Rocks

Comment 1: For Geology Rocks, the event description says “location of the epicenter using triangulation.” Are the students expected to understand how that happens or will they actually be finding the epicenter using seismograph data?

Answer: Students should be able to locate the epicenter given records from three seismographic stations.
Comment 2: Another coach asked how many questions would be on the Geology Rocks test. I can’t find the original question, but it was posted a while ago. Anyway, Serena’s answer is:
Answer: Between 18-25