Event Categories for 2017 – 2018
LIFE, PERSONAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE
Understand the anatomy and physiology of the Respiratory, Digestive and Immune Systems.
Disease Detectives (Food Illness)
Students will use their 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.
Students will answer questions involving content knowledge and process skills in the area of ecology and adaptations in North American biomes. Topics such as Terrestrial Ecosystems ,food webs, nutrient cycling,calculating population growth, extinction ,selection and migration.
Students will identify various specimens of amphibians and reptiles.
Students will answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to different types of microbes.
EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE
Teams will use NGSS science and engineering practices to complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.
Meteorology (Severe Storms)
Climate – Teams will use science process skills to demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of the Earth systems and anthropogenic factors that influence world climate.
Requires the accurate interpretation and understanding of various map features using a variety of road and topographic maps. Teams will respond to interactive questions that
may use one or more state highway maps, 7.5′ series USGS topographic maps, Internet generated maps, a road atlas, or satellite/aerial images.
Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of Rocks and Minerals.
Students will delve into various topics pertaining to the Solar System, such as water and ice within the solar system, Sun, planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids, the Oort Cloud, the Kuiper Belt, meteoroids, meteorites, and meteors.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE & CHEMISTRY
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.
Teams will build self-propelled air-levitated vehicles, and also take a test on classical mechanics and other similar topics.
Teams will be participating in an activity involving positioning mirrors to direct a laser beam towards a target. They will also be tested on their knowledge of geometric and physical optics.
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the chemical properties and effects of toxins and poisons.
Teams design and build a device to insulate a beaker of hot water and take a test on concepts of thermodynamics.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
Teams will design and build a moving, battery-powered vehicle capable of traveling a certain distance and stopping as close to the ending dot at that distance, on the other side of the bucket, as possible. The device must meet several parameters regarding size, total power used, type of power used (power must be electrical), and safety restrictions.
Students will design and build a roller coaster using spherical vehicles to travel the track as close as possible to a target time.
Design and build a Tower meeting requirements specified in these rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.
Prior to the competition teams design, construct and test free flight rubberpowered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.
INQUIRY & NATURE OF SCIENCE
Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and writeup an experiment.
Students will write down terms that fit a category and begin with a given letter.
Teams are given materials such as straws, cups, string, tape, wooden dowels and other materials to build a structure. Structures must include cantilevers, towers, and bridges. Most of the structures are judged on height, width, and specified weight held.
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.