The BirdSO Mini Invitational for Divisions B and C will run from December 11–18, 2021. Featuring nineteen official events and five trial events, the tournament will take place in a virtual format where students will compete from the comfort of their own homes. The tournament will kick off with an opening ceremony and conclude with an awards ceremony where we will award medals for the top fifteen places and trophies for the top fifteen teams.
The Mini tournament will be run in the mini SO format, described in the Rules Manual. Students must compete from their homes and may not meet up in-person. In addition, our tournament is asynchronous; teams can participate in any of the events at any given 50-minute interval during the duration of the competition (December 11–18, 2021). Teams from the same school are encouraged to take tests at the same time to ensure academic integrity.
The event slate for the Mini Tournament features nineteen official events and five trial events. Events will try to follow the official Rules Manual; however, some modifications may be necessary to adapt to our virtual format. Competitors are encouraged to review sections of the Event Modifications documents relevant to their events prior to the tournament.
All competitors are 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 will also be included publicly in the "Email Updates" document linked below. For your convenience, we've also included a tournament timeline and "frequently asked questions" page about our tournaments.
Our tournaments would not be possible without the generous support of our volunteer Event Supervisors. Learn more about the individuals who have dedicated their time towards helping our tournament and making your events possible!
The Mini Tournament will feature a virtual Opening Ceremony on December 10, 2021, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time to kickoff our exciting week of competition. After the competition has concluded, we will host a virtual Awards Ceremony on December 23, 2021, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time where we will recognize the top finishers of both divisions in each event and overall. After the Awards Ceremony, medals and trophies will be mailed to coaches, and graded tests will be made available for study on Scilympiad.
Links to our ceremonies, which will be broadcast on our YouTube channel, will be shared here ahead of each. We hope you'll join us for these exciting events!
After the Awards Ceremony, results for the Mini Tournament will be posted to Duosmium and linked below. These preliminary scores will be made available as early as December 26, 2021, at 6:00 PM Pacific Time and will be final on January 6, 2022.
All tests, keys, and histograms for the tournament can be found here.