Rancho Bernardo High School, Bernardo Heights Middle School and La Jolla High School
University City High School
This year's San Diego regional competitions for both Division B and Division C will be held on a Saturday. Read below for general comments and click on the appropriate Division link above for lots of useful information and resources to help you be better prepared for what to expect on the actual competition day.
Be sure to check the Official National Science Olympiad Rule Clarifications for some events. This web site will continue to add clarifications. Please check for updates often.
Basis Science Olympiad Concept: Generally, we follow the Science Olympiad concept that: Unless something is specifically prohibited in the rules of the event description, it is allowed UNLESS it will go against the intent and spirit of the event.
Every TEAM must provide one adult volunteer. We can not run the Competitions without them. They may volunteer on either day - February 7, 2015 at Rancho Bernardo High School, or February 21, 2015 at University City High School. Volunteers should arrive between 7:30 am 8:00 am at the registration desks.
Competition Advice 2015
Added 01/23/15 This can't be said enough!
Cell phones are not allowed in any event. Some event captains may ask students to leave them in a box by the door.
And event captains have the right to disqualify any teams that have cell phones that emerge or go off during the events.
Added 01/13/15 Please read this!
1. If a team finishes a station early, it will stay where it is until all teams move to their next stations.
2. Teams may NOT return to stations after they have done them.
3. For Division B, station events will usually have either 20 stations (2 minutes/station) or 10 stations (4 minutes/station)
4. If a team arrives at a station event after it has started, that team will start wherever there is an open station. The team may or may not be able to do the stations that it missed. That will be up to each event captain.
5. Teams from the same school may NOT share anything including launchers, weights, materials for Crime Busters, etc. They are allowed to share one thing: the controller for Robo Cross.
6. All devices (Wheeled Vehicles, Gliders, Simple Machines, Air Trajectory, Robots, Bottle Rockets, Bridges, etc) must be marked School (and team name if there is more than one team, from the school.)
7. Impounded devices Air Trajectory, Simple Machines, Wheeled Vehicle must be taken to Impound by team members, not parents. Parents may help carry the Air Trajectory weights to the door, but students from the team must carry them into the room.
Added 01/01/14 (from last year but still valid) Here are the Dispute Resolution procedures for the San Diego Regional Competition.
1. Updated 01/30/15 Watch this website to find out where the events will take place for Division B as the competition will be held at Bernardo Heights Middle School, Rancho Bernardo High School and La Jolla High School. The Awards Ceremony will be held in the Big Gym at La Jolla High School.
2. It might be nice to stay for the Awards Ceremony, to have at least one person stay in case your school wins any awards. If not, they will be mailed to you. We will give awards to 20th place in each event. All of the results raw scores - will be sent by email to the participating schools a few days after the Competition.
3. A question has been asked, Can we arrive later in the day? It should be noted that Registration takes place from 7:00 AM about 8:30 or 9:00 AM. Someone may stay at the registration desk for a bit after that, but then all of the materials will be taken to the Scoring Room. You will need to establish a school headquarters so that your students and parents can find you.
All participants are required to wear plastic wristbands. They will have the school (and team names) on them. The students must meet you at your school headquarters so that they can get their wristbands before they go to the events because they will not be admitted without them. The wristbands will be in your head coach packet that you will pick up at Registration. If you arrive late, your students will have a hard time finding you and their wristbands. Also, you need to have a school headquarters so that the students who have done events have a place to report what happened in the event. Many teams will have school banners. Some have team t-shirts. Some have very large, energetic school camps. Most schools bring footballs, Frisbees, food, etc.
4. Students in written events (that allow students to bring writing implements) must bring #2 soft pencils so that their answer sheets will work in the scoring machine.
Question: Do students need to have their wrist bands (required for participation in all events) on their wrists when they drop things off for Impound?
Impound: Any member of a team may take a device in for Impound. During Impound, the devices are simply deposited in the Impound room.
Devices must be labeled. School and team (if applicable)
1. All teams from the same school take the written events at the same time, check your Group Assignments list which will be posted in early December. Match up your group with the Event Schedule B or Event Schedule C.
2. For the construction events, each team must have its own complete device.
You may NOT use electricity from the host schools for any purpose.
For Mission Possible (B), the teams may bring the TSL (Task Sequence Lists) with them when they are ready to compete – or they may leave the TSL with the device when they leave it for Impound. No observers will be allowed in the Mission Possible room. Parents may help their students transport the devices to the Mission Possible (B) room for Impound, but they must leave promptly.
Lab Events (or those with Stations)Students must quietly stay outside of the rooms until the Event Captains are ready to have them enter and begin. While they are outside, they may be given instructions, roll calls can be done, answer sheets may be handed out.
If some students are allowed to enter early, they will cruise around and look at as many questions as possible. This would obviously not be fair. No observers are allowed in lab events unless escorted by Liz Jablecki, Charles Jablecki or Dorothy Jester.
Students must wear the safety articles required. If they do not, they will be given the chance to get them so that they can compete.
Most of the above events will be run as lab events. A few of them may be run as written exams. Obviously, students taking written exams may enter the rooms early and sit down if other exams are not ongoing. Again, obviously, all students should get the exams and start on them at the same time.
Volunteers for lab events with stations are not allowed to leave until the event is over. Years ago a volunteer at the State Competition left a lab event and told his team what was on the test.
For the 2015 San Diego Regional Division B Competition, observers will be allowed to watch the following events:
Air Trajectory B Bernardo Heights Gym
Bottle Rocket B Field E of Rancho Bernardo Gym
Bridge B - Performing Arts Center
Elastic Launched Glider B Rancho Bernardo Gym
Robo-Cross B Bernardo Heights Multi-Purpose room
Wheeled Vehicle B Rancho Bernardo Small Gym
For the 2015 San Diego Regional Division C Competition, observers will be allowed to watch the following events:
Air Trajectory C Activity Room
Bridge C - Auditorium
Scrambler C Gym, after 12:30 PM
Wright Stuff C Gym, until 12:30 PM
Observers may not approach or speak to participants while they are competing.
No coaching is allowed. Any observer who interferes or becomes loud will be asked to leave.
For all construction events: You may photograph or record only devices from your child’s school. You may photograph or record only your own child or, with advance written permission given to the head coach, children from your child’s school.
These restrictions also apply to students photographing and recording other students or devices.
For all other events that are NOT listed above: No observers are allowed. Photographs or recordings of the events are not allowed. Only participants are allowed to enter the testing rooms. Non-participants who enter testing rooms risk having their children disqualified from the events.
Food Near Competition (B) - Feb 7 & 14, 2015
There are several restaurants near Rancho Bernardo High School / Bernardo Heights Middle School. Here is a list of those restaurants. You may bring food with you, but it is nice to know what is available in the neighborhood.
Food Near Competition (C) - Feb 21, 2015
There are several restaurants near University City High School in both the University Town Center and Coste Verde Shopping Centers. We will try to provide a list of those restaurants. You may bring food with you, but again it is nice to know what is available in the neighborhood.
Competition Advice from our Regional Director
1. If you are not sure about which goggles satisfy which event, look at the bottom of the Required and Allowed List (B) or Required and Allowed List (C) on our website.
2. Tell your students that, if a piece of lab equipment is not working correctly, raise your hand immediately and tell the event captain.
3. If your students see another team cheating, they should tell the event captain immediately. If they did not do that, have them find Liz, Dorothy, or Charles as soon as they come out of the event. We will see what can be done about the situation.
4. The cell phone numbers for the Regional Director: Liz Jablecki, Treasurer: Dorothy Jester and Arbitrator & Scoring: Dr. Charles Jablecki have been emailed to all Head Coaches and Event Captains. Contact Liz Jablecki if you do not have these numbers. Use these numbers to contact Liz, Dorothy, and Dr. Jablecki during the compeition.
5. We are NOT allowed to be on the campuses before 7:00 AM. Getting there super early means that you will have to sit in your car. The Registration area will be open at 7:00 AM. One coach/school will go there to check in her/his school and to pick up a folder with the required wristbands. Each participating student must wear a wrist band. The wristbands will have the team names on them. Be sure to match up the wristbands with the correct team members.
6. Since we are not allowed to be on the campuses before 7:00 AM, there should not be any team camps set up before then except for those of the host schools, Rancho Bernardo High School, Bernardo Heights Middle School, or Del Norte High School.
7. Parking Directions for February 7, 2015
Coaches and parents are to use Avenida Venusto to access the student parking lot at Rancho Bernardo High School. There is easy access to the school from that lot. Do NOT park in front of the school.
8. Check the Competition Map (B) or Competition Map (C) and do NOT park in the areas reserved for event captains and assistant event captains. The parking areas are very clearly identified
ONLY the Head Coach will contact Liz, Dorothy, or Dr. Jablecki with questions.
No advance reservation or holding of seats in the Gyms prior to the Awards Ceremony.
You may bring your own ready-to-eat food.
Devices will be impounded in or near the rooms or areas where the competitions will take place.
1. Impound before competition, in or near area where device will be tested.
2. All devices should have school and team names on them.
3. Before competition starts, check each device for specifications.
4. If so stated in manual, participants must wear goggles.
5. There will be roped off areas. Observers are allowed only behind the ropes. Only immediate contestants and event organizers are allowed to be inside the ropes.
6. When a contestant arrives to compete at an impounded event, the Event Captain or an Assistant Event Captain will get his/her device and hand it to him/her for the competition. No coaching is allowed after the contestant begins his/her event.
2015 Division B comments can be found on the Division B page.
2015 Division C comments can be found on the Division C page.