Sunday, March 1, 2009

DOE!!

Yay! Our DOE team won the regional competition! DOE, for people who don't know, stands for Department of Energy, who sponsors the National Science Bowl. The format is 2 rounds of 8 minutes apiece of buzzer rounds. The questions test many different fields: biology, astronomy, earth science, chemistry, physics, and math, and can be either short answer or multiple choice. First, a toss-up question is read, and if a team gets it right, they get 4 points and a bonus question is read to them, worth 10 points. We've been preparing for this essentially all year, with teams having been chosen in November. From September to November, the practices were on Tuesdays from 3 to 5, then afterwards, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5. The other teams (B, C, D) were all there, too, made me pretty damn angry when our B team was barred from competing. There were 24 slots for teams, but only 23 of them came (Grr. Our B team could have competed.). After 6 round robin matches, the 16 top teams move on to single-elimination rounds. The round robins were against: Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Braintree, Bedford, Phillips Andover, Andover, and North Andover. And over, and over, and over.... *jk
The...octofinals? The first single-elimination was against North Andover, then quarterfinals against Belmont, then semifinals against Chelmsford. Or was it octofinals against Belmont and quarterfinals against North Andover? I'm not exactly sure. The final round, against Lincoln-Sudbury, was interesting. They had taken an early lead, but by the end of the first half, we were up 50-26. They seemed to start to panic after that, and we ended up winning 88-58 or something like that. So thus it ended...it seemed almost disconnected for me. I didn't exactly realize the implications of what had happened until later. Maybe I was just spacey from being sick and sitting out for the first round. I'm not really sure. Now, we're going to prepare until early May, when we go to Washington, DC for the national competition. Yay!

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