Science Olympiad 2017


Division B: Middle School / Division C: High School


This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to nervous and endocrine systems and sense organs.

Division B - 145 Medical Science - 1,130 square feet:


Division C - 103 Bio Sci I - 1,119 square feet:


ASTRONOMY (C) - 340 Oelman Hall - 2,000 square feet

Teams will demonstrate an understanding of stellar evolution and Type Ia supernova.


BOTTLE ROCKETS (B) - Lot 1A Outside Russ Engineering

Prior to the tournament, teams construct up to two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time while carrying a raw Grade A large chicken egg that survives impact.


CHEMISTRY LAB (C) - 064 Brehm Lab - 2,244 square feet

Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills and answer questions related to thermodynamics and gas laws.

CRIME BUSTERS (B) - 107 Fawcett Hall - 1,077 square feet

Teams will identify the perpetrators of a crime or crimes by using paper chromatography and analysis of unknown solids, liquids, and plastics found at the scene of a crime.



Students will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health, and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on food-borne Illness.

Division B - 101 White Hall - 3,407 square feet:


Division C - 120 Medical Science - 5,091 square feet:



Students will demonstrate an understanding of the large-scale processes affecting the structure of Earth's crust (tectonics).

Division B - 129 Medical Science - 1,207 square feet:


Division C - 105 Bio Sci I - 854 square feet:



Students will answer questions involving content knowledge and process skills in the area of ecology and adaptations in featured North American biomes.

Division B - 127 Medical Science - 1,184 square feet:


Division C - 134 Health Science - 602 square feet:

ELECTRIC VEHICLE (C) - Student Union Apollo Room - 8,300 square feet (ceiling 26 feet)

Teams must design, build, and test a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion to travel as quickly as possible and stop close to a target point.



Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze, and write up an experiment.

Division B - 130 White Hall - 4,389 square feet:


Division C - 014 Student Success Center - 4,184 square feet:


FAST FACTS (B) - 140 Health Science - 628 square feet

Teams will fill in a grid of terms that begin with a given letter to match given science categories.


FOOD SCIENCE (B) - 105 Fawcett Hall - 979 square feet

Students will answer questions about the chemistry of food and food grains and build a simple calorimeter to determine the energy content of a solid foodstuff.


FORENSICS (C) - 119 Fawcett Hall - 1,769 square feet

Students will identify polymers, solids, fibers, and other materials in a crime scenario.


GAME ON (C) - 007 Student Success Center - 2,647 square feet

This event will determine a team's ability to design and build an original computer game incorporating the theme provided to them by the supervisor using the program Scratch.


HELICOPTERS (C) - Student Union Racquetball Courts - 821 square feet/court (ceiling 26 feet)

Prior to the tournament, teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered helicopters to achieve maximum time aloft.


HOVERCRAFT(B/C) - 009 Student Success Center - 5,209 square feet

Competitors may construct a self-propelled air-levitated vehicle with up to two battery-powered motors that turn one propeller each to levitate and move the vehicle down a track. Competitors must also be tested on their knowledge of classic mechanics and related topics.


HYDROGEOLOGY (C) - 005 Student Success Center - 2,577 square feet

Students will manipulate a groundwater computer model, answer questions about groundwater concepts, and evaluate solutions, based on hydrogeological evidence, to reduce anthropogenic effects on groundwater.



This event will test student knowledge of invasive species in local and national ecosystems.

Division B - 141 Medical Science - 1,219 square feet:


Division C - 169 Brehm Lab - 987 square feet:


MATERIALS SCIENCE (C) - 137 Fawcett Hall - 1,356 square feet

Teams will answer a series of questions or complete tasks involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the areas of materials science.


METEOROLOGY (B) - 125 Medical Science - 1,161 square feet

This event is about this meteorological topic: severe storms.



Teams will answer questions, solve problems, and analyze data pertaining to microbes.

Division B - 127 Fawcett Hall - 1,407 square feet:


Division C - 130 Fawcett Hall - 953 square feet:


MISSION POSSIBLE (B) - Student Union Atrium - 4,916 square feet (ceiling 26 feet)

Prior to the competition, participants will design, build, test, and document a Rube Goldberg-like device that completes a required final task through an optional series of simple machines.



Teams must participate in an activity involving positioning mirrors to direct a laser beam towards a target. Teams must also be tested on their knowledge of geometric and physical optics.

Division B - 143 Medical Science - 1,193 square feet


Division C - 146 Russ Engineering - 2,049 square feet


REACH FOR THE STARS (B) - 165 Brehm Lab - 1,878 square feet

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties and evolution of stars, especially star-forming regions and supernova remnants, and their observation of different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.


REMOTE SENSING (C) - 144 Russ Engineering - 1,438 square feet

Participants will use remote sensing imagery, data, and computational process skills to complete tasks related to climate change processes in the Earth system.


ROAD SCHOLAR (B) - 135 Oelman Hall - 1,371 square feet

Teams will answer interpretive questions that may use one or more state highway maps, USGS topographic maps, internet-generated maps, a road atlas, or satellite/aerial images.


ROBOT ARM (C) - 109 Oelman Hall - 4,994 square feet

Prior to the competition, teams must design, build, document, and test one robotic device to move scoreable items.



Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.

Division B - 011 Bio Sci II - 1,203 square feet


Division C - 019 Bio Sci I - 1,147 square feet


SCRAMBLER (B) - Student Union Apollo Room - 8,300 square feet (ceiling 26 feet)

Competitors must design, build, and test a mechanical device that uses the energy from a falling mass to transport an egg along a track as quickly as possible and stop as closely as possible to the center of a terminal barrier without breaking the egg.


TOWERS (B/C) - 101 Fawcett Hall - 2,651 square feet

Prior to the competition, teams will design and build a tower meeting requirements specified in the rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.



Teams will build a blade assembly that consists of any kind of propeller/pinwheel/rotor attached to a CD that will be used to capture wind power. Students will also be tested on their knowledge relating to alternative energy.

Division B - 160 Rike Hall - 2,119 square feet


Division C - 145 Russ Engineering - 3,646 square feet


WRIGHT STUFF (B) - Student Union Gym - 5,022 square feet (ceiling 28 feet)

Prior to the competition teams design, construct, and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.



This event is a technical exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.

Division B - 103 (635 square feet), 105 (366 square feet), & 107 (384 square feet) Student Union 


Division C - 171 (1,027 square feet), 178 (949 square feet), & 180 (1,011 square feet) Brehm Lab