Process for revising or taking an event from a Concept to a Pilot to a Trial to an Event
- 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.
- If not, Coaches, Supervisors, Science Olympiad Partners or Directors generate new conceptual proposed ideas/events.
- 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.
- Pilot the Proposed Rule at one or more of your invitational, regional or state tournaments.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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
- Sample Score Sheet for Hovercraft 2016 (Excel) - updated 2/23/16
- Sample Team Checklist for Hovercraft 2016 (PDF) - updated 2/23/16
- Hovercraft Track Setup Examples - updated 2/23/16
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)
Aerial Scramble (2016 Indiana Version)
Other Events (can be used for fun open house events or part of the 23/30 tournament rule)
Autonomous Robot (2014 Maryland Version - a SumoBots revision)
BioSphere (2014 Virginia Version)
Bottle Rockets (Horizontal)
Bouy Oh Bouy (2012 Version)
- Catch It Drawing (PDF)
- Catch It Scoresheet (Word)
- Catch It Scoresheet Example (Word)
- Catch It Spreadsheet (Excel)
Code Analysis (Using Java) (2016 Version)
Come Fly With Me
Endangered, Extinct, Exotic (2009 Version)
Geo-Logic (2005 Version)
- Geo-Logic Power Point
Helicopter Egg Drop (2012 Version)
Hovercraft (2004 Florida Version)
Hovercraft (2016 Physics Committee Version)
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)
Oceanography B (2008 Version)
Oceanography C (2008 Version)
Optics (2005 Version)
Optics (2010 Version)
Potions and Poisons B (2016 Indiana Version)
Radio Lab (2012 Version)
Remote Sensing (see above Featured)
Robot see above: Autonomous Robot
Roller Coaster B/C (2018 Tech Committee Version)
Roller Coaster B/C (2013 Virginia Version)
- Roller Coaster Sample Score Sheet
- Roller Coaster Photo Sample
- 1-Minute Video Clip on Science Olympiad TV YouTube Channel
Solar Power (2009 Version)
Solar Power (2013 Version)
Sounds of Music C (2008 Version)
Sumo-Bots (2009 Version)
Sumo-Bots (2010 Version)
Tower Building (2005 Version)
WindWatt (2008 Version)