Welcome to Trajectory! In this event, prior to the competition, teams will design, construct, and calibrate a single device capable of launching projectiles onto a target and collect data regarding device parameters and performance.
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 2023 Rules page of the Science Olympiad website. The official rules in the current Rules Manual take precedence.
Resources & Links
- Example of Design Log Graph - This is intended to illustrate what a graph for this event could look like. The data is not reflective of the variables identified nor is it intended to be.
- Trajectory Video - This video shows how the event can be run at both in-person and remote tournaments.
Event Supervisor Resources
In addition to the resources on the Event Supervisors page, Trajectory Event Supervisors should be sure to use the following resources:
- 2023 Score sheet and team checklist
- 2023 Competition Area Diagram
- Event Logistics Manual
- Trajectory Elevated Target Parts Recommendation - This document identifies parts that can be used to constructed the Elevated Target required for Trajectory.
- Science Olympiad Mathematics Guidelines for Physics Events - The Science Olympiad Physics Rules Committee has prepared these guidelines to help Event Supervisors target their questions to the mathematical ability that students bring to the events. This information may be useful to teams as they assign team members to Physics Events as well as they prepare for those events.