The BirdSO Satellite Invitational for Divisions B and C ran from February 12–19, 2022. Featuring twenty-two official events, five trial events, and five events highlighted by our Computer Science Initiative, the tournament took place in a virtual format where students competed at their schools under the supervision of their coaches. The tournament kicked off with an opening ceremony and concluded with an awards ceremony where we awarded medals for the top fifteen places and trophies for the top fifteen teams.
The Satellite Tournament was run in the Satellite SO format, described in the Rules Manual. Students competed at their schools under the supervision of their coaches. In addition, our tournament was asynchronous; teams could participate in any of the events at any given 50-minute interval during the duration of the competition (February 12–19, 2022). Teams from the same school were encouraged to take tests at the same time to ensure academic integrity.
The event slate for the Satellite Tournament featured twenty-two official events, five trial events, and five Computer Science Initiative events. Events tried to follow the official Rules Manual; however, some modifications were necessary to adapt to our virtual format. Competitors were encouraged to review sections of the Event Modifications documents relevant to their events prior to the tournament.
Computer Science (CS) Initiative: Considering the increasing prevalence of Computer Science both as a specialized skill and as a tool used across education and science careers, BirdSO supplemented the Science Olympiad event slate with five additional events that we hoped would help offer additional avenues to explore this burgeoning field. For Division B, we ran Code Analysis, Cybersecurity, Game On, Run It Code It, and Spreadsheet Scripting. For Division C, we ran Bioinformatics, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Run It Code It. Many of these events were developed with the help of our BirdSO team and were also run at the 2022 National Tournament. We were excited to help facillitate the debut of these events during the 2021–2022 season!
All competitors were expected to follow Science Olympiad rules (both event-specific and General Rules), our Academic Honesty Policy, and the additional general policies included below.
To maintain open communication with all coaches and competitors, all email updates to coaches were also included publicly in the "Email Updates" document linked below. For participant convenience, we also included a tournament timeline and "frequently asked questions" page about our tournaments.
Our tournaments would not have been possible without the generous support of our volunteer Event Supervisors. Learn more about the individuals who dedicated their time towards helping our tournament and making the event possible!
The Satellite Tournament featured a virtual Opening Ceremony on February 11, 2022, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time to kickoff our exciting week of competition. After the competition concluded, we hosted a virtual Awards Ceremony on February 26, 2022, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time where we recognized the top finishers of both divisions in each event and overall. After the Awards Ceremony, medals and trophies were mailed to coaches, and graded tests were made available for study on Scilympiad.
Links to our ceremonies, which were broadcasted on our YouTube channel, were shared here ahead of each. We hope these archives will allow your teams to relive some of the excitement from these exciting events!
After the Awards Ceremony, results for the Satellite Tournament were posted to Scilympiad and are linked below. The preliminary scores were finalized on March 1, 2022.
All tests, keys, and histograms for the tournament can be found here.