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Science Olympiad 2017 Events

Pellissippi State Community College

February 25, 2017

           


2017 Events

Science Olympiad teams compete in science and engineering events in the way that Olympic athletes compete in athletic events. Instead of Pole Vault or Figure Skating, Science Olympiad has events such as Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet or Electric Vehicle. Division B events are open for middle school teams. Division C events are open for high school teams.

Each event is supervised by a volunteer who is a professional and/or educator knowledgeable in that subject area. These volunteer Event Supervisors contribute their time to proctor the event and assess team performances. Their participation exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and their efforts make Science Olympiad one of the premier science competitions in the nation.

Events for the 2017 competitions are listed below. Click each event to see a brief description of the event. (Individual Event Info Pages for the 46 events will be available on the Science Olympiad website this fall from the Event Descriptions page.)


Event Schedule

DIVISION   B   EVENTS  (Middle School)

Life, Personal & Social Science

Anatomy & Physiology
(Nervous, Sense Organs, Endocrine)

Disease Detectives(Food Illness)
Ecology
Invasive Species
Microbe Mission

Earth & Space Science

Dynamic Planet (Tectonics)
Meteorology (Severe Storms)
Reach for the Stars
Road Scholar
Rocks and Minerals

Physical Science & Chemistry

PHYSICS:
Hovercraft
Optics
Wind Power

CHEMISTRY:
Crime Busters
Food Science

Technology & Engineering

Mission Possible
Scrambler
Towers
Wright Stuff

Inquiry & Nature of Science

Bottle Rocket
Experimental Design
Fast Facts
Write It Do It

 

DIVISION   C   EVENTS  (High School)

Life, Personal & Social Science

Anatomy & Physiology
(Nervous, Sense Organs, Endocrine)

Disease Detectives (Food Illness)
Ecology
Invasive Species
Microbe Mission

Earth & Space Science

Astronomy
Dynamic Planet (Tectonics)
Remote Sensing
Rocks and Minerals

Physical Science & Chemistry

PHYSICS:
Hovercraft
Optics
Wind Power

CHEMISTRY:
Chemistry Lab (Thermodynamics/Gas Laws)
Forensics
Materials Science

Technology & Engineering

Electric Vehicle
Helicopters
Robot Arm
Towers

Inquiry & Nature of Science

Experimental Design
Game On
Hydrogeology
Write It Do It

 

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

Anatomy & 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.

Astronomy (C) - Teams will demonstrate an understanding of stellar evolution and Type Ia supernova.

Bottle Rocket (B) - 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) - Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills and answer questions related to thermodynamics and gas laws.

Crime Busters (B) - 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.

Dynamic Planet (B/C) - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the large-scale processes affecting the structure of Earth's crust (Tectonics).

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.

Electric Vehicle (C) - Teams must design, build and test one 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.

Fast Facts (B) - Teams will fill in a grid of terms that begin with a given letter to match given science categories.

Food Science (B) - 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) - Students will identify polymers, solids, fibers, and other materials in a crime scenario.

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

Hovercraft (B/C) - 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) - 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.

Materials Science (C) - 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) - This event is about the meteorological topic Severe Storms.

Microbe Mission (B/C) - Teams will answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to microbes.

Mission Possible (B) - 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.

Reach for the Stars (B) - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties and evolution of stars especially star forming regions and supernova remnants and their observation with different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Remote Sensing (C) - 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) - 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) - 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.

Scrambler (B) - Competitors must design, build and test a mechanical device which uses the energy from a falling mass to transport an egg along a track as quickly as possible and stop as close to the center of a terminal barrier without breaking the egg.

Towers (B/C) - 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 which will be used to capture wind power. Students will also be tested on their knowledge relating to alternative energy.

Wright Stuff (B) - 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) - A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.


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