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.

Logistics and General information for the WESO tournament on May 11

Here is a very valuable document for all participants, parents, coaches, and head coaches for this year’s WESO tournament.

It contains a map of the public areas of the venue, instructions on how to park, where to meet your team, where to check in for your events, how to support WESO, and a ton of other useful information.

If you know someone who’s not following this blog who would benefit from this information, please pass it along!


Scoring Results ?

Q:   Are the previous year’s winning scores published? If not, why? For example: what were the top scores for aerodynamics for the year 2018?
A:   Yes, we reveal summary statistics for the events.  We disclose the winning score, 5th place score, honorable mention cutoff, average, median and standard deviation in scores for each event in each grade.  This information is sent to head coaches in the week after the Olympiad, along with their school’s rankings in each event.  In response to a question to the head coach mailing list, the 2018 summary statistics were resent to the head coaches on March 18 of this year for the benefit of our new schools and those new head coaches who did not have the info passed on to them.   Note this information is more useful for some events where it is based on a physical calculation (i.e., how close to the mark in On Target) vs. a test which changes in content and number of questions.  Note also that some events change their scoring metric (as Aerodynamics did this year), or implement a rule change which may affect the distribution of scores.