Event Categories for 2018 - 2019
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.
Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics.
Students will identify various specimens of amphibians and reptiles.
Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of aquatic environments.
EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE
Teams will use NGSS science and engineering practices to complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.
Teams demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations including but not limited to fossil identification, answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.
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.
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
Participants must complete tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism.
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.
Participants compete in activities and answer questions about mass, density, number density, area density, concentration, pressure and buoyancy.
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.
Teams will design and build a Boomilever meeting requirements specified in the rules supporting a minimum load and to achieve the highest structural efficiency.
Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test elastic launched gliders to achieve the maximum time aloft
Students will design and build a roller coaster using spherical vehicles to travel the track as close as possible to a target time.
INQUIRY & NATURE OF SCIENCE
Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and writeup an experiment.
Teams will cryptanalze (decode) encrypted messages using cryptanalysis techniques and show skill with advanced ciphers by encrypting or decrypting a message
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.