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Posted by: The Evil Dr. Calculus Dec 20 2017, 03:18 AM

http://www.usad.org/USAD/media/Order-Forms/2018-19-Early-Order-Form.pdf

Posted by: Stanley Tree Dec 20 2017, 03:25 AM

Seems impossible to tell topic based on this. The ww2 year was so easy sad.gif

I ask this every year but has anyone done the conceptual and automatic quiz stuff? Demidec has been great but they are definitely written by kids

Posted by: Allan21996 Dec 20 2017, 05:53 AM

It's obvious the theme is the color green.

Posted by: Scholastic Underdog Dec 20 2017, 06:15 AM

QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Dec 19 2017, 09:25 PM) *
Seems impossible to tell topic based on this. The ww2 year was so easy sad.gif

I ask this every year but has anyone done the conceptual and automatic quiz stuff? Demidec has been great but they are definitely written by kids

Are you referring to the materials available on usad.enlyght.com?

Posted by: ridgepoinths Dec 20 2017, 01:29 PM

About to start today's finals so I'm too lazy to answer this for myself and was hoping someone could research it more quickly... Are the prices the same for materials or are there any changes worth noting?

Posted by: TinDefacto Dec 20 2017, 02:14 PM

QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Dec 19 2017, 11:25 PM) *
Seems impossible to tell topic based on this. The ww2 year was so easy sad.gif

The same pages on http://usad.org/Home/brochure_ONLINE-(final).aspx are that exact same design/color (pure green). Looks like no playful hinting this time around. D:

QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Dec 20 2017, 09:29 AM) *
About to start today's finals so I'm too lazy to answer this for myself and was hoping someone could research it more quickly... Are the prices the same for materials or are there any changes worth noting?

The digital curriculum package is still $700. Literally everything else has gone up in price. :/

Posted by: zzzptm Dec 20 2017, 02:30 PM

QUOTE (Allan21996 @ Dec 20 2017, 12:53 AM) *
It's obvious the theme is the color green.


No. This is the year of Delaware and Podiatry. I feel it and I'm going to look up the odds for it on offshore betting sites.

Hmmm...

No wagering on USAD topics, but I did drop a fiver on Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of The Philippines becoming the next pope after Francis I.

Also noticed same shop was giving same odds for Bono and Father Dougal Maguire, 500-1... I lol'd...

Posted by: Stanley Tree Dec 20 2017, 04:42 PM

I guess I am but more of referring to the PDF I guess but yea. Glad yo see USAD learned from video game companies- keep the base thing the same but everything else costs more.

Posted by: zzzptm Dec 20 2017, 07:03 PM

Watch out for all the DLC expansions!

Posted by: nixonotis Dec 20 2017, 07:42 PM

QUOTE (zzzptm @ Dec 20 2017, 12:03 PM) *
Watch out for all the DLC expansions!

Coming soon: Loot Boxes! $10 per box, and you have a 1/1000 chance of getting one of the Round 2 test questions ahead of time!

*cries*

Posted by: fyzics Dec 21 2017, 06:35 PM

This thread just made my day laugh.gif

Posted by: Peter Cao Dec 23 2017, 05:21 AM

QUOTE (nixonotis @ Dec 20 2017, 11:42 AM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Dec 20 2017, 12:03 PM) *
Watch out for all the DLC expansions!

Coming soon: Loot Boxes! $10 per box, and you have a 1/1000 chance of getting one of the Round 2 test questions ahead of time!

*cries*


Of course, it's not a problem if you do some hard-core grinding!

Posted by: zzzptm Dec 23 2017, 11:17 PM

They'll also have content flavor packs that you can install on your decathletes to give them distinctive period costumes.

Posted by: txthomas Jan 21 2018, 04:20 AM

I would love it if USAD picked The Civil Rights Movement as a topic. With the Black Lives Matter trend, it would be a relevant historical topic. I'm not sure what the science topic would be, but the SS, art, music, and literature would be great!

Posted by: Stanley Tree Jan 21 2018, 06:30 PM

We were thinking about "60s in America" which would be super cool- Civil Rights, Vietnam, Kennedy, Space Race (could recycle a science again), Cold War, pop art, brutalism, tons of great music (licenses may be hard).

Posted by: zzzptm Jan 22 2018, 05:26 PM

The topic will be...

THE FORGOTTEN PRESIDENCY: The US Executive Branch 1876-1898

It'll be just questions on who the presidents and vice-presidents were during that time. No packet, all independent study. Consequently, it will have the lowest Social Science scores in YEARS.

"Sorry, coach, I just totally blanked on all of them and just guessed B. I have no idea who was president in 1891."

Posted by: madcap Jan 23 2018, 08:14 PM

QUOTE (zzzptm @ Dec 23 2017, 06:17 PM) *
They'll also have content flavor packs that you can install on your decathletes to give them distinctive period costumes.


Burbank in California is ahead of us! They all wore Darth Vader costumes in 2012 for the Age of Empire theme; they were pilots for the 2014 WWI theme, and what were some of their other recent costumes?

Posted by: zzzptm Jan 24 2018, 03:07 PM

Next year's topic will be...

ACADEMIC DECATHLON

That's right! The competition *is* the topic! The packets will focus, thusly:

ECONOMICS: Special focus on printing costs and getting budget for competitions.

MUSIC: "The Songs of Decathlon", featuring the worst songs of each year that the decathletes have loved to hate. There will also be a special John Cage-inspired composition, "ABCDE", which will be a piano played by a Varsity guessing answers to the objective tests from 2008. Lots of C in that one, but there will be enough variety to keep it random.

ART: Emphasis on photography, particularly group photography. Works studied will be a survey of Academic Decathlon team photos from 1984 to the present. Both standard as well as "wacky" photos will be included.

LANG and LIT: The novel will be "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which is pretty much guaranteed to be something everyone has read, but we're sure there's at least one varsity per team that hasn't read it and, in fact, will not read it. Or even see the movie. Because varsities.

MATH: Same old math, nothing more to see here, move along. Well, there will be a look at using probability in making multiple-choice exams and the distribution of "C" as a correct answer through the history of the multiple-choice test.

SCIENCE: Aerodynamics. As in paper airplanes and "other creative missiles". Independent study will involve finding out about some of the more legendary AcDec airborne antics.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: Academic Decathlon. That's right, the whole competition, from then until now. Know the teams, know the scores, know the coaches, know the topics. Read this packet, and you'll be ready to kick back with the coaches and complain about the terrible subjective judging back in 2007.

ESSAY: In a twist, Decathletes will be presented with essays from past competitors and have to grade *them*. Let's see how accurately they can score 10 essays, ranging in quality from an Honors magnum opus all the way down to the semi-literate ramblings of a Varsity apologizing why he didn't read anything at all this year but please don't tell his coach, he doesn't want to make her mad. Until after she sees the scores...

Posted by: ridgepoinths Jan 24 2018, 11:52 PM

QUOTE (zzzptm @ Jan 24 2018, 09:07 AM) *
Next year's topic will be...

ACADEMIC DECATHLON

That's right! The competition *is* the topic! The packets will focus, thusly:

ECONOMICS: Special focus on printing costs and getting budget for competitions.

MUSIC: "The Songs of Decathlon", featuring the worst songs of each year that the decathletes have loved to hate. There will also be a special John Cage-inspired composition, "ABCDE", which will be a piano played by a Varsity guessing answers to the objective tests from 2008. Lots of C in that one, but there will be enough variety to keep it random.

ART: Emphasis on photography, particularly group photography. Works studied will be a survey of Academic Decathlon team photos from 1984 to the present. Both standard as well as "wacky" photos will be included.

LANG and LIT: The novel will be "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which is pretty much guaranteed to be something everyone has read, but we're sure there's at least one varsity per team that hasn't read it and, in fact, will not read it. Or even see the movie. Because varsities.

MATH: Same old math, nothing more to see here, move along. Well, there will be a look at using probability in making multiple-choice exams and the distribution of "C" as a correct answer through the history of the multiple-choice test.

SCIENCE: Aerodynamics. As in paper airplanes and "other creative missiles". Independent study will involve finding out about some of the more legendary AcDec airborne antics.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: Academic Decathlon. That's right, the whole competition, from then until now. Know the teams, know the scores, know the coaches, know the topics. Read this packet, and you'll be ready to kick back with the coaches and complain about the terrible subjective judging back in 2007.

ESSAY: In a twist, Decathletes will be presented with essays from past competitors and have to grade *them*. Let's see how accurately they can score 10 essays, ranging in quality from an Honors magnum opus all the way down to the semi-literate ramblings of a Varsity apologizing why he didn't read anything at all this year but please don't tell his coach, he doesn't want to make her mad. Until after she sees the scores...


While I love these suggestions, unfortunately I feel a more likely topic choice is Asia. My hope, though, is we leave geography for a year and go to either a more general theme. Like Andrew, the 60s is something I've hoped for in recent years and this would be the last year to allow students to study a decade which will soon be more than a half-century ago. Another theme along those lines would be women's rights which in the current social climate would be an appropriate choice. And if we're looking for an historical time period that I don't believe has been picked in the past, I would enjoy seeing either the American Revolution or Cold War.

Posted by: Peter Cao Jan 25 2018, 02:39 AM

QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Jan 24 2018, 03:52 PM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Jan 24 2018, 09:07 AM) *
Next year's topic will be...

ACADEMIC DECATHLON

That's right! The competition *is* the topic! The packets will focus, thusly:

ECONOMICS: Special focus on printing costs and getting budget for competitions.

MUSIC: "The Songs of Decathlon", featuring the worst songs of each year that the decathletes have loved to hate. There will also be a special John Cage-inspired composition, "ABCDE", which will be a piano played by a Varsity guessing answers to the objective tests from 2008. Lots of C in that one, but there will be enough variety to keep it random.

ART: Emphasis on photography, particularly group photography. Works studied will be a survey of Academic Decathlon team photos from 1984 to the present. Both standard as well as "wacky" photos will be included.

LANG and LIT: The novel will be "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which is pretty much guaranteed to be something everyone has read, but we're sure there's at least one varsity per team that hasn't read it and, in fact, will not read it. Or even see the movie. Because varsities.

MATH: Same old math, nothing more to see here, move along. Well, there will be a look at using probability in making multiple-choice exams and the distribution of "C" as a correct answer through the history of the multiple-choice test.

SCIENCE: Aerodynamics. As in paper airplanes and "other creative missiles". Independent study will involve finding out about some of the more legendary AcDec airborne antics.

SOCIAL SCIENCE: Academic Decathlon. That's right, the whole competition, from then until now. Know the teams, know the scores, know the coaches, know the topics. Read this packet, and you'll be ready to kick back with the coaches and complain about the terrible subjective judging back in 2007.

ESSAY: In a twist, Decathletes will be presented with essays from past competitors and have to grade *them*. Let's see how accurately they can score 10 essays, ranging in quality from an Honors magnum opus all the way down to the semi-literate ramblings of a Varsity apologizing why he didn't read anything at all this year but please don't tell his coach, he doesn't want to make her mad. Until after she sees the scores...


While I love these suggestions, unfortunately I feel a more likely topic choice is Asia. My hope, though, is we leave geography for a year and go to either a more general theme. Like Andrew, the 60s is something I've hoped for in recent years and this would be the last year to allow students to study a decade which will soon be more than a half-century ago. Another theme along those lines would be women's rights which in the current social climate would be an appropriate choice. And if we're looking for an historical time period that I don't believe has been picked in the past, I would enjoy seeing either the American Revolution or Cold War.


They do usually leave the geography for a year in a two year cycle. The topics usually alternate between countries/geography and history.

Posted by: Stealer of Souls Jan 31 2018, 07:49 PM

Whatever the theme, I hope the teams love it. Interestingly (at least to me), all four of my returning members like Africa better than World War II.

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