2011/2012
Nick V - Lead
Victoria S
Victoria C
Cquest
Harris

http://searchresearch1.blogspot.com/2012/05/wednesday-search-challenge-53012-how.html


COMPUTE THIS website. here
http://meadscienceolympiad.pbworks.com/w/page/47881530/Compute%20This%20Practice%20Info%202012


GVSU Info:
Compute This (B) This event will be using PC computers with MS Word, MS Excel, and broadband Internet access. The
version we will use in the Manitou Lab environment is Microsoft Windows 7, and Excel Office 2010

Secondary Y axis. Post a picture in the table when you have a graph and chart that include one. you can find a tutorial below.
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Victoria:
Harris:



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Noah L. did this the year before. Check with him for strategy

www.thesciencequeen.net/**Compute**%20This!.ppt

2011/2012 the data comes from CDC and will be questions on epidemiology

I had an Idea. This is a computer event, and so some computer smart people might want to/already know some basic HTML web programming. We are allowed and recommended to build a database of useful links and Information for the event, so Why not learn HTML in the process. Sadly, nobody has signed up for this on the wiki, So I can't do much yet, but I had this great Idea, can procure a free domain, and am looking for any easy, short term to use as a url (nhms)(ct)(cp) input is appreciated. --E1M0

This year
If I may, I would like to begin a somewhat lengthy explanation of my opinions and thoughts on the event, the competition in this event, and what YOU need to do to prepare.

  • PRACTICE. Anybody could do the things required to compete in road scholar with very little preperation, just a knowledge of how to use Google effectively (more later....) (see GOOGLE.) but YOU are not anybody. you are somebody. With that understanding, it is expected, by both me and my peers that you show at least some desire to succeed, or at least more than I did. The key to success in this event is not knowing how to do it, but being able to do it, the same thing over and over, left handed. (for you lefties, you have an advantage.)

  • NOAA. The NOAA has a confusing, non-user-friendly interface, but when you find what you are looking for, you will get more relative information than you could find on just about any other website on the web. Which is not at all coincidental, seeing as this is the single most important website in your life as of signing up for this event. One of your first goals should be using the website, getting what you want without searching. It should all be fast, and left handed.

  • GOOGLE. Google can can never be idiotic. Google can never be a waste of time. It is just the people who choose to use it inefficiently that feel Google to be less than helpful. Some of us may prefer bing; or yahoo, but for this event, please use google. Or maybe even duckduckgo, but since most people do not know what that is, that probably isn't the right thing for you to do. So, now a simple users guide to google.
    • First, There are some things that you cant easily in the NOAA GUI. Thankfully, google has a solution. There is a very simple operator called site: and it will come to be your favoritist word since you began participating in this event. Perhaps more specifically, get used to starting all searches with this phrase; site:noaa.gov
    • Second, Many of us have learned that the + operator (+cats) will ensure that all of your search results contain a specific word. (cats.) That is no longer the case. The new operator is "" ("cats") such a query will result in all pages that contain the word cats. The ''" can also be used to force groups of words, ("cat videos") to appear in search results.
    • Next, the - operator. Typing minus a word will exclude a specific word from search results (-robots) try to avoid using this excessively, it is very powerful, and if you - the wrong word (-nyan) you might never find what you are looking for. For example, if you were looking for a video of your neibhors cat on a cat video website that also featured NYAN cat, the -nyan would make it impossible to find the cat video you actually want.
    • Fourth, do not waste words. Words are a precious resource, and a powerful tool. Save yourself, and your left hand time by not typing pointless words like how, what, if , of, and all of those filler words. Google is programmed to filter out those words, so do not even bother typing them. Do not ask google a question. It will not give you the answer, it will tell you other people's answers, by including links to insecure sources (think youtube, wikiask)
    • Finally, while those are the most important, you also need to know how to use them in conjunction with each other. An ideal search term to find the original NYAN cat video would look something like this: site:youtube.com "nyan cat" "original" -robot

  • Citations. EVERY SINGLE PEICE OF INFORMATION YOU USE HAS TO COME FROM THE NOAA WEBSITE. It doesn't matter if wikipedia has the answer. It has to come from the NOAA website. Generally, all you need for a citation is a link, but any time you get information, even if you paraphrase, it needs a link. For you lefties, all you have to do is press ctrl+L. and then ctrl+C in rapid succession. the first thing you do when you sit down to test is open a document, and title it (Group name) CITE. Immediately paste new urls of relevant information as they come, do not go back and try to find your sources at the end.

  • SPREADSHEETS. Spreadsheets are my weakness. they remind me of matrices, something most of you won't have to deal with much until about sophomore year. All I can do is share my thoughts, and memories, and spreadsheets are my least favorite memories from SO. I just got my hands on a rule book, and while it says you will be provided with MS Word and Excel, that was not my experience. We were given older laptops running OpenOffice, a free alternative to the aforementioned programs. My advice here is drills. Make spreadsheets of random data, and do it a gain. time yourself, your partner, or have me time you. speed is vital. get used to entering text into cells, and learn the keyboard shortcuts that will make your life easier.

  • UPDATES. I just got my hands on a rule book, the program has changed, it is still about quantitive data analysis and capture, but it is no longer about meterology, this time focusing on diseases. the website has changed from NOAA to CDC (cdc.gov)
  • --more later....E1M0




Compute This The Official Science Olympiad webpage

Last Year
NOAA The website we need most.
historical weather info
free noaa data

Look through these practice exams:
http://www.soinc.org/sites/default/files/uploaded_files/Compute%20This%20National%202004%20B%20Division%20Example.doc
http://www.soinc.org/sites/default/files/uploaded_files/Compute%20This%20National%202005%20B%20Division%20Example.doc
http://www.tufts.edu/as/wright_center/products/sci_olympiad/compute_this_feb_05/mars_exam.pdf

Navigate through the www.noaa.org website to start to become familiar with it.

2010/2011 Compute This team:
Nicholas V.
Victoria S.

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