Science Olympiad Events are balanced among the three broad areas of the Science Standards. Click on Event Name for a short description of the event for the 2012-2013 school year. Individual Event Info Pages for the 46 events are updated with 2013 content throughout the fall.
Science Concepts and Knowledge
Anatomy & Physiology (C)
Designer Genes (C)
Fermi Questions (C)
Metric Mastery (B)
Reach for the Stars (B)
Road Scholar (B)
Rocks and Minerals (B/C)
Technical Problem Solving (C)
Water Quality (B/C)
Science Processes and Inquiry Skills
Food Science (B)
Chemistry Lab (C)
Circuit Lab (C)
Crime Busters (B)
Disease Detectives (B/C)
Dynamic Planet (B/C)
Experimental Design (B/C)
Keep the Heat (B)
Materials Science (C)
Remote Sensing (C)
Shock Value (B)
Sounds of Music (B)
Write It Do It (B/C)
Science Application and Technology
Elastic Launched Glider (C)
Gravity Vehicle (C)
Mission Possible (B)
Mousetrap Vehicle (B)
Robot Arm (C)
Rotor Egg Drop (B)
Anatomy (B) - Teams will be tested on their knowledge of anatomy and health concepts including nervous and digestive systems.
Anatomy & Physiology (C) - This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to nervous, excretory and digestive systems.
Astronomy (C) - Teams will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of math and physics relating to stellar evolution and Type II supernovas.
Boomilever (B/C) - Students will build a cantilevered wooden structure.
Chemistry Lab (C) - Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills related to periodicity and equilibrium.
Circuit Lab (C) - Students will compete in theoretical and practical activities involving knowledge of direct current (DC) electrical circuits.
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.
Designer Genes (C) - Students will solve problems using their knowledge of molecular genetics and biotechnology.
Disease Detective (B/C) - This event requires students to apply principles of epidemiology to a published report of a real-life health situation or problem. (Environmental Quality)
Dynamic Planet (B/C) - Teams will work at stations that display a variety of earth science materials and related earth science questions. (Glaciers)
Elastic Launched Glider (C) - Students will design, build and test two elastic launched gliders capable of the highest time aloft.
Experimental Design (B/C) - Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
Fermi Questions (C) - A Fermi Question is a science related question that seeks a fast, rough estimate of a quantity which is difficult or impossible to measure directly. Answers will be estimated within an order of magnitude recorded in powers of 10.
Food Science (B) - Using their understanding of the chemistry and physical properties of baking ingredients, teams will answer questions at a series of stations.
Forensics (C) - Students will identify polymers, solids, fibers, and other materials in a crime scenario.
Forestry (B/C) - This event will test student knowledge of North American trees that are on the Official National Tree List.
Gravity Vehicle (C) - Teams design, build and test one vehicle and ramp that uses gravitational potential energy as the vehicle's sole means of propulsion to reach a Target Point as quickly, as accurately and as close to their predicted time as possible.
Helicopters (B) - Students will construct and test free flight rubber-powered helicopters prior to the tournament to achieve maximum flight times.
Heredity (B) - Students will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics.
Keep the Heat (B) - Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat. Students must also complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.
MagLev (C) - Competitors may construct up to two self-propelled magnetically levitated vehicles powered by batteries that turn up to two propellers to move the vehicle down a magnetic track. Students will also be tested on their knowledge of magnetism and related topics.
Materials Science (C) - Teams will answer a series of questions or complete tasks involving the scientific processes of chemistry focused in the areas of materials science.
Meteorology (B) - This event involves the use of process skills as applied to meteorology. (Everyday Weather)
Metric Mastery (B) - Students will demonstrate an intuitive feeling for estimating then measuring metric units including mass, volume, area, surface area, force, distance, time and temperature.
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 using a sequence of consecutive tasks.
Mousetrap Vehicle (B) - Teams will design, build and test a vehicle using one mousetrap as the sole means of propulsion to reach a target as quickly, accurately and close to their predicted time as possible.
Reach for the Stars (B) - Students will demonstrate an understanding and basic knowledge of the properties and evolution of stars, open clusters and globular clusters, and normal and star-forming galaxies.
Remote Sensing (C) - Teams use remote sensing imagery, science and math process skills to complete tasks related to an understanding of Earth's Hydrosphere.
Road Scholar (B) - Requires the accurate interpretation and understanding of various map features using a variety of road and topographic maps.
Robot Arm (C) - Prior to the competition teams must design, build, document and test one robotic device to move scored items.
Rocks and Minerals (B/C) - Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.
Rotor Egg Drop (B) - A team will construct a helicopter device which uses one or more helicopter rotors to safely transport a raw chicken egg from a specified height to the floor.
Shock Value (B) - Students will compete in activities involving basic understanding of electricity, magnetism and simple electrical devices.
Sounds of Music (B) - Prior to the competition, students will build two instruments based on a 12 tone tempered scale, prepare to describe the principles behind their operation and be able to perform a major scale, a required melody and a chosen melody with each.
Technical Problem Solving (C) - Teams will gather and process data to solve problems.
Thermodynamics (C) - Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat. Teams must also complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.
Water Quality (B/C) - The event will focus on evaluating aquatic environments. (Freshwater/Estuaries)
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.