Events

Event Categories for 2018 - 2019

Please click on each event for more information or go to
https://www.soinc.org  ( Div B events )
* denotes build events

LIFE, PERSONAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE

 

Anatomy & Physiology

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.

Heredity

Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics.

Herpetology

Students will identify various specimens of amphibians and reptiles.

Water Quality 

Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of aquatic environments.

 

EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE

 

Dynamic Planet(Tectonics)

Teams will use NGSS science and engineering practices to complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.

Fossils 

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.

Road Scholar

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.

Solar System 

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

Circuit Lab

Participants must complete tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism.

Crime Busters

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.

Density Lab

Participants compete in activities and answer questions about mass, density, number density, area density, concentration, pressure and buoyancy.

Potions and Poisons

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the chemical properties and effects of toxins and poisons.

Thermodynamics *

Teams design and build a device to insulate a beaker of hot water and take a test on concepts of thermodynamics.

 

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

 

Battery Buggy *

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.

Boomilever *

Teams will design and build a Boomilever meeting requirements specified in the rules supporting a minimum load and to achieve the highest structural efficiency.

Elastic Launched Glider *

Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test elastic launched gliders to achieve the maximum time aloft

Roller Coaster *

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

Experimental Design

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

Codebusters

Teams will cryptanalze (decode) encrypted messages using cryptanalysis techniques and show skill with advanced ciphers by encrypting or decrypting a message

Mystery Architecture

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.

Write It Do It

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.