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Gestation Clarification

posted Nov 16, 2017, 7:08 AM by Michael Maloney   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 7:08 AM ]

For you sneaky students, in the description a 3 x 5 index card means a 3 inch by 5 inch index card, not a 3 foot, or 3 yard, or 3 meter, or 3 decimeter, or whatever.  Standard 3 inch x 5 inch index card.

November Results and December Events

posted Nov 14, 2017, 7:25 PM by Michael Maloney   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 7:26 PM ]

The November Results are posted, check out how you did.

All the December events are posted, so as per our updated plan, teams have until next Wednesday to ask questions to the event runner and get an answer.  After that, all clarifications and interpretations will be based on the original description and any responses posted here. Each event should have the event runner's email on it.  If you have a question feel free to email them (and cc us at northshorescileague@gmail.com to keep us in the loop).  Event runners, if you make a clarification, please email us at northshorescileague@gmail.com so we can make a post and share any clarifications with the rest of the league.

Bottle Flipping Clarification 3

posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:35 AM by Michael Maloney   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 4:36 AM ]

Question: Does the phase of the water matter?  Does it have to be liquid?

Answer: The event description says "You may not use substances other than water and air inside the bottle."  A pedantic interpretation would suggest that the word "water" generally refers only to liquid water, and the terms "ice" and "steam" or "water vapor" are used for the liquid and gaseous forms, respectively.  However, NSSL tradition is to allow as broad an interpretation as is reasonable, in order to foster creativity.  My intent was to create an event that would allow for a wide variety of solutions to maximize the opportunities for creativity.  So...

The water does not have to be liquid.  However, note that the glass transition temperature of amorphous PET plastic is 67°C.  At temperatures above the glass transition temperature, the integrity of the bottle is likely to fail.  So you may use ice, but for safety reasons, you may not use steam.

Bottle Flipping Clarification 2

posted Oct 14, 2017, 2:56 PM by Michael Maloney   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 4:36 AM ]

We have a second clarification coming from a student question.

 Question:
--- Can the device be clamped/or held down? or does it have to be free standing?

There is nothing in the event description about clamping it.  The
tradition in NSSL events is that anything that is not specifically
prohibited by the event description is allowed.  Therefore, clamping the
device is allowed.

November Events

posted Oct 12, 2017, 5:49 AM by Michael Maloney   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 5:49 AM ]

All the November events are posted, so as per our updated plan, teams have until next Wednesday to ask questions to the event runner and get an answer.  After that, all clarifications and interpretations will be based on the original description and any responses.  We already have one clarification.  For the Bottle Flipping Event, the bottle has to be a disposable water bottle, it CANNOT be a refillable water (like a Nalgene bottle).  Each event should have the event runners email on it.  If you have a question feel free to email them.  Event runners, if you make a clarification, please email me us at northshorescileague@gmail.com so we can make a post and share any clarifications with the rest of the league.  You can all feel free to cc northshorescileague@gmail.com on any of your questions to keep us in the loop that way.

October Results

posted Oct 10, 2017, 7:23 PM by Michael Maloney   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 7:23 PM ]

Wonderful first meet, thank you to Revere for starting us off well.  The October Results are posted, as well as the Birds Event.  The other two events should be up by tomorrow evening.

Welcome Back

posted Sep 13, 2017, 1:09 PM by Michael Maloney

Hey everyone, hope you all had a restful summer.  The first meet is already upon us, and it is time to meet your teams and get them off to a good start.  This month we are meeting in Revere, and the events are posted ... check them out!

April Results

posted Apr 12, 2017, 8:27 AM by Michael Maloney

The final yearly results have been posted.  Check them out HERE.

Parking and Traveling to Essex Tech

posted Apr 11, 2017, 7:20 AM by Michael Maloney

Here is a message from Melissa about parking and finding Essex Tech

Hello,

For tomorrow's meet, please see the attached maps for where to students should enter the building and the location of bus parking.   The main building is on the north side of 62/Maple St.  Bus parking is across the street on the old campus.  Vans can be parked in the lots behind the main building.  If you have dropped students off, you will need to exit back onto 62 (take a right) and then make the next right to access the rear parking.

We will be meeting up in the main cafeteria.  Essex Tech has 3 separate dining areas.  The main cafe is in the center of the building.  If you enter through the main entrance, you will see a set of curvy stairs straight ahead.  The main cafe is at the bottom of those stairs.

If you need help, my cell is 781-859-9821.

Snow, Snow, and More Snow!

posted Mar 13, 2017, 8:50 AM by Michael Maloney


Thanks to Stella and all she has to offer we are canceling the meet scheduled for tomorrow at Essex Tech. 

Here is the plan:
  • The March meet has been cancelled. 
  • The March events will run at the April meet and we can run the events scheduled for April 2017 next year.
  • First and foremost, thank you to Billerica for offering to host the April meet but we are going to relocate April's meet to Essex Tech since preparations have already been made to host the meet tomorrow
There is never an optimal plan and appreciate your feedback. We can discuss future contingency plans at the May coaches' meeting.

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