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Trial Events

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 Events 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

Hovercraft (2016 Physics Committee Version)

Potions & Poisons B (2016 Indiana Version)

Remote Sensing C (2017 ES Committee suggested Version)

Remote Sensing C (2013 ES Version)

Roller Coaster B/C (2018 Tech Committee Version)

Promising Pilots

Facts in Five (1984 Version) 

Fast Fact (Facts in Five 2016 Inquiry Committee Version)

Mystery Design C

Other Events

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 Busters (2016 Version)

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)

Geocaching (2016 Wisconsin Version)

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