Science Olympiad 2017

Events

Division B: Middle School / Division C: High School

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (B/C)

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.

 

DISEASE DETECTIVES (B/C)

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:

 

DYNAMIC PLANET (B/C)

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:

 

ECOLOGY (B/C)

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.

 

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN (B/C) 

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.

 

INVASIVE SPECIES (B/C)

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.

 

MICROBE MISSION (B/C)

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.

 

OPTICS (B/C)

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.

 

ROCKS AND MINERALS (B/C)

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.

 

WIND POWER (B/C)

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.

 

WRITE IT DO IT (B/C)

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