Reach for the Stars
Welcome to Reach for the Stars! In this event, participants will demonstrate an understanding of the formation and early-stage evolution of stars and their observation across the electromagnetic spectrum.
The information below should not be interpreted as an extension of the rules. You can find free online copies of the current rules for download on the 2024 Rules page of the Science Olympiad website. The official rules in the current Rules Manual take precedence. This event has been generously supported by NASA's Universe of Learning Astrophysics STEM Learning and Literacy Network.
Resources & Links
- NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory Site - Webinars and more!
- Openstax Astronomy Textbook
- Recommended Texbooks
- Astronomy Today by Chaisson & McMillan (1993, currently 9th ed.)
- The Stars: A New Way to See Them by H. A. Rey
- Space Atlas, Second Edition: Mapping the Universe and Beyond by James Trefil
- Star Spin YouTube video
- Path of the Sun YouTube video
- Astronomy HR Diagram YouTube video
- How Stars are Formed YouTube video
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD STORE MATERIALS
- Coming soon!
PRACTICE PROBLEMS & TESTS
- More tests coming soon!
- 2020 UT Austin Regional A-Team Reach for the Stars Test,Image Set, Answer Sheet, Answer Key, Images Key
- 2020 A-Team Reach for the Stars Sample Test 1, Image Set, Answer Sheet, Answer Key
- 2020 A-Team Reach for the Stars Sample Test 2, Image Set, Answer Sheet, Answer Key
- 2017 UT Austin Invitational Science Olympiad Reach for the Stars Practice Test, Image Set, Answer Sheet and Key
- 2017 Annotated Sample Test
EVENT SUPERVISOR RESOURCES
In addition to the resources on the Event Supervisors page, Reach for the Stars Event Supervisors should be sure to use the following resources:
- Event Logistics Manual