Short Event Descriptions
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 2016-2017 school year. Individual Event Info Pages for the 46 events are updated with 2017 content throughout the fall.
Science Concepts and Knowledge
Science Processes and Inquiry Skills
Chemistry Lab (C)
Crime Busters (B)
Disease Detectives (B/C)
Dynamic Planet (B/C)
Experimental Design (B/C)
Fast Facts (B)
Food Science (B)
Game On (C)
Materials Science (C)
Write It Do It (B/C)
Science Application and Technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.