Practice Makes Perfect

I was lucky enough to work with some very talented students and teachers during my tenure as a high school physics teacher. One of the highlights was the time I spent helping out with the school's National Science Bowl team.

The 2008 Lexington High School NSB Science Team at the national competition reciveing their check for being one of the nation's top 16 teams.
Our team tended to do quite well, frequently advancing beyond regional to the national competition, and a large part of that was because of the students' dedication and rigorous practices. This included weekly practice rounds and thousands of practice questions. The questions had come from various sources, old competitions, coaches, and students. With so many questions, however, management became a logistical nightmare. After I left teaching, the remaining science team coach asked me about building a web-based system that would allow them not only to store questions, but track participants' performance over time.

The result was:

To get a feel for it, I suggest running a round.

The site allows users to run rounds and track user performance with a set of preloaded questions or include student-submitted questions. During rounds it will track user performance and avoid giving students questions they submitted. Right now it's only set up for my old school. However, I suppose that if someone else wanted to use it, I could figure out a way to add them to the system for some fee. If you're interested, just email me, and we'll see if it makes sense.

Since making use of the Wicked Cool Science Bowel App, Lexington has actually become national champions. It's a testament to their dedication and the hard work of their coach Nicholas Gould. Congratulations!

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