News and Updates

Schools must provide Baked Goods

Q: At the Pioneer walk through, it sounded like individually bagged chips/crackers could be provided for the 3 dozen items donated by each school. Does WESO want individually wrapped baked goods or are snacks acceptable?

A: Schools are required to provide 3 dozen, individually wrapped baked goods, no peanuts. We count on the baked goods to supplement items that WESO procures for sale, such as the snacks you mentioned. This allows us to have a variety of items for everyone to enjoy.
Some fruit will be provided for sale by WESO – we will not accept fruit donations. 
Comment: Do individually wrapped baked goods need to be purchased as such, or can we bag our own donations? Are home made items accepted?
A. You can bag your own goods, and homemade items are most welcome. All must be peanut-free.

Back to Nature: Geology Rocks

1) How will the mineral and rock ID section be formatted? Will the samples be at separate stations (1 sample/station) or will each team get a “box” of samples to work through at their own pace?
     There will be separate stations
2) Will the minerals be separated from the rocks and clearly identified as such, or are the students going to have to determine if they are looking at a mineral or a rock first?
     Minerals will be separated from rocks (in separate stations), but not clearly identified. However, the testing of minerals requires several tools that rocks do not require, so students should be able to figure out what they have based on what is available at the station.
3) Roughly how much time will be given for the practical vs. the theoretical section?
  Assuming “practical” means that students will need to apply their knowledge rather than demonstrate their ability to memorize facts, almost all questions will require students to show understanding of geologic processes, or characteristics of Earth’s materials, or criteria used to establish categories, etc.
Will they be doing any experiments, if so, which will be the focus?
Students will test one or more minerals to identify them, and will need to identify one or more rocks and explain which characteristics of the rock(s) they used for the identification.
How many questions are on the test?
Between 18-25
What is the passing grade?
Highest score = 1st place
Second highest score = 2nd place
and so on

Hang Time

Hang Time – Does the room where Hang Time event is held have a drywall ceiling or false ceiling? Will the ceiling have anything to protect from the payload/rocket hitting it?
The HT room has a false/drop ceiling with spaces between levels of tiles, in a step fashion.  The ceiling will not have anything covering it.

Remember that the ceiling is “in play” only in that the rocket or payload assembly may hit the ceiling.  Any “assistance” by the ceiling will result in a “0” score for the launch. It would be ideal if the rocket / payload does not touch the ceiling at all.

Map Reading

Q: I am coaching 4th grade map reading. What region of the world should the students focus on in terms of learning the places?
A: The 4th graders should focus on US related political and topographical maps.


Comment:For icompute, in the scratch programming part, how are the team members supposed to discuss ideas? Will they be allowed to talk aloud? Will they have to whisper? Is the room supposed to be quiet throughout the event?

Response: Teams are allowed to discuss during the project. Unless it gets very loud and/or bothersome to other teams, they are expected to collaborate throughout the event.