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Process for revising or taking an event from a Concept to a Pilot to a Trial to an Event

  1. Review the Event History Chart, the current list of Event Descriptions and the Trial Events to determine if an event has already been written or tried that could then be more easily revised rather than starting anew.
  2. If not, Coaches, Supervisors, Science Olympiad Partners or Directors generate new conceptual proposed ideas/events.
  3. Write and format the Proposed Rule/Revision (that has yet to be run at a tournament) using the Rules Template below. Remember to: Include author's name, email, and the date and tournament where the event was run.  
  4. Pilot the Proposed Rule at one or more of your invitational, regional or state tournaments.
  5. After successfully piloting the proposed event, submit the Student Evaluations and Supervisors Evaluations and the formatted Rule to SO HQ and the Content Chair/Committees who will determine if the event is a Promising Pilot that other states should be encouraged to Pilot (and sign up to run at the annual Leadership Meeting).
  6. After successful Pilots and Evaluations from two or more other states, Content Chair/Committees will recommend to the Board the best placement for the Trial Event on one of the six Event Chart timelines.
  7. Committee Chairs submit recommendation to the Board for consideration and approval.

To ask questions about a specific Trial Event or to find out which events will be held at your tournament, contact your Regional or State Director. To Submit a National (only) Trial Event Question, click on the FAQs page and please submit them under Trial Events.

To submit a new event, please follow the format required on the Rules Template (Process for revising or taking an event from a Concept to a Pilot to a Trial to an Event).

Note: For the National Tournament the Trial or Open Events do NOT count for team points and ANY team (regular or alternate) member can participate ONCE in each Trial or Open Event.

Possiblities include the events listed below (A-Z):

Featured Trial Events (and Trial events that may return for 2017/2018 and run at *UW-S)

Hovercraft* - 2017 Physics Committee Version - updated 4/18/16

Potions & Poisons* B (2016 Indiana Version for 2018)

Roller Coaster B/C (2016 Tech Committee Version for 2018)

Promising Pilots (and Pilot events that may return for 2017/2018and run at *UW-S)

Code Busters* (2016 Wisc Version)

Facts in Five (1984 Version) 

Fast Fact (Facts in Five 2016-17 Inquiry Committee Version)

Geocaching* (2016 Wisconsin Version)

Mystery Design* C (2016 Wisc. Version)

Radio Lab (a.k.a. WIFI Lab) 2016 Version

Radio Lab Setup Guide (a.k.a. WIFI Lab Setup Guide) 2016 Version

Remote Sensing C* (2017 ES Committee suggested Version)

Remote Sensing C (2013 ES Version)

Proposed Rule/Revision (that has yet to be run at a tournament) 

Recent Addition:

Aerial Scramble (2016 Indiana Version)

Other Events (can be used for fun open house events or part of the 23/30 tournament rule) 

Adventures in AG

America - Land of Parks

Autonomous Robot (2014 Maryland Version - a SumoBots revision)

Bag of Bones

Balloon Launched Gliders

Beam Building

Biology Blitz

BioSphere (2014 Virginia Version)

Birds and Bees


Bottle Rockets (Horizontal)

Bouy Oh Bouy (2012 Version)

Break It On Down

Cache Me If You Can (also see Geocaching)

Can You Dig It

Car of Tomorrow

Catapult Gliders

Catch It

Chem Clue

Circuit Lab

Clean Water Challenge


Code Analysis (Using Java) (2016 Version)

Codes & Algorithms

Come Fly With Me

Disaster Downstream

Endangered, Extinct, Exotic (2009 Version)


Energy Park

Environmental Science


Flying Bird B/C

Geocaching (also see Cache Me If You Can and GeoQuest)


Geo-Logic (2005 Version)

Get Your Bearing

Gliders (see Balloon Launched Glider, Catapult Gliders)

Helicopter Egg Drop (2012 Version)

Hovercraft (2004 Florida Version)

Hovercraft (2016 Physics Committee Version)

Horizontal Bottle Rockets

Keep The Heat (2005 Version)

Keep The Heat (1994 Version)

Keep Your Cool (2005 Version)

MagLev for Division B (2010 New York Version)

Magnetic Levitation for Division C (2010 New York Version)

Map It (2007 Version)

Marine Biology


Mining The Mind

Model This B

Model This C

Mystery Architecture

Mystery Design C

Mystery Engineering

Nature Quest


Nuclear Science Lab

Oceanography B (2008 Version)

Oceanography C (2008 Version)

Optics (2005 Version)

Optics (2010 Version)

Out and Back

Polymer Detectives B

Potions and Poisons B (2016 Indiana Version)

Quantum Quandary

Radio Lab

Radio Lab (2012 Version)

Remote Sensing (see above Featured)


Robot see above: Autonomous Robot 

Robot Ramble

Roller Coaster B/C (2018 Tech Committee Version)

Roller Coaster B/C (2013 Virginia Version)

Shock Value

Simple Machines

Solar Power (2009 Version)

Solar Power (2013 Version)

Sounds of Music C (2008 Version)

Subterranean Puzzles

Sumo-Bots (2009 Version)

Sumo-Bots (2010 Version)

Tower Building (2005 Version)


We've Got Your Number C

Wholey Moley

WindWatt (2008 Version)

Wright Stuff-Capacitor