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Science Olympiad Events hosted in Florida

 

 

UPDATED FOR 2014-2015

 

The following is an official and final list of events for the Florida Science Olympiad.  However, an event may be cancelled at any time.  It is our intention to notify all participants by January 1, 2015 of any cancelled events.  If an event is not covered by an event supervisor, any event may be cancelled in the week leading up to the competition.

 

Blue = Lab based events       Red = Pre-built events        Black = Research based events

 

Division B Events

  1. Air Trajectory (B/C) - Teams will design, construct, and calibrate a single device capable of launching projectiles into a target and collect data regarding device parameters and performance.
  2. Anatomy (B) - Teams will be tested on their knowledge of anatomy and health concepts including cardiovascular, integumentary, and immune systems.
  3. Bio-Process Lab (B) - This event is a lab oriented competition involving the fundamental science processes of middle school life science/biology lab program.
  4. Bottle Rocket (B) - Prior to the tournament, teams construct two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.
  5. Bridge Building (B/C) - The objective of this event is for hte team to design and build the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening meeting the requirements as specified in the rules.
  6. Can't Judge a Powder (B) - Students will test and characterize one pure substance and then, based only on data they collect, answer a series of questions about that substance.
  7. Crave the Wave (B) - In this event, competitors must demonstrate knowledge and process skills needed to solve problems and answer questions regarding all types and areas of waves and wave motion. Sponsored by the College of Optics and Photonics at UCF
  8. Crime Busters (B) - Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests. The test results along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime.
  9. Disease Detective (B/C) - Students will use their investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on Population Growth.
  10. Dynamic Planet (B/C) - Teams will work at stations that display a variety of earth science materials and related earth science questions. Content will focus on physical and geological oceanography. Will focus on NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.
  11. Elastic Launched Glider (B) - Students will design, build and test two elastic launched gliders capable of the highest time aloft.
  12. Entomology (B/C) - Students will be asked to identify insects and selected immature insects by order and family, answer questions about insects an use or construct a dichotomous key.
  13. Experimental Design (B/C) - Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
  14. Fossils (B/C) - Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations. Emphasis will be on fossil indentification and ability to answer questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.
  15. Green Generation (B/C) - Students will answer questions involving the history and consequences of human impact on our environment, solutions to reversing trends and sustainability concepts.
  16. Meteorology (B) - Teams will use science process skills to demonstrate a multidiscipinary understanding of the Earth systems and anthropogenic factors that influence world climate.
  17. Picture This (B) - The objective is to have team members take turn drawing representations of a set of scientific terms/concepts (no scientists) while the other team member(s) guess the term being drawn.
  18. Road Scholar (B) - Requires the accurate interpretation and understanding of various map features using a variety of road maps, topographic maps, internet-generated maps, or satellite/aerial images.
  19. RoboCross (B) - Teams will design and build a robot capable of performing certain tasks on a prescribed playing field.
  20. Simple Machines (B) - This event includes activities and questions related to simple machines.
  21. Solar System (B) - Students will demonstrate an understanding and basic knowledge of the properties and evolution of extraterrestrial ice and water in the solar system.
  22. Wheeled Vehicle (B) - Competitors must design, build, and test one vehicle which uses a non-metallic, elastic material as its sole means of propulsion to travel a specific distance around an obstacle then stop nearest to a finish point.
  23. Write It/Do It (B/C) - A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.

Division C Events

  1. Air Trajectory (B/C) - Teams will design, construct, and calibrate a single device capable of launching projectiles into a target and collect data regarding device parameters and performance.
  2. Anatomy & Physiology (C) - This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to nervous, integumentary, and immune systems.
  3. Astronomy (C) - Teams will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of math and physics relating to stellar evolution and star and planet formation.
  4. Bridge Building (B/C) - The objective of this event is for hte team to design and build the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening meeting the requirements as specified in the rules.
  5. Bungee Drop (C) - Each team will provide one "elastic" cord with which they will conduct two separate "drops" at a given height. Each team will attempt to get each container as close as possible to, but without touching, a landing surface (plane).
  6. Cell Biology (C) - This event integrates knowledge and process skills in the areas of cell biology and cellular biochemistry.
  7. Chemistry Lab (C) - Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills related to chemical reactions/stoichiometry and kinetics.
  8. Compound Machines (C) - This event includes activities and questions related to simple and compound machines.
  9. Disease Detective (B/C) - Students will use their investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on Population Growth.
  10. Dynamic Planet (B/C) - Teams will work at stations that display a variety of earth science materials and related earth science questions. Content will focus on physical and geological oceanography. Will focus on NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.
  11. Entomology (B/C) - Students will be asked to identify insects and selected immature insects by order and family, answer questions about insects an use or construct a dichotomous key.
  12. Experimental Design (B/C) - Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
  13. Forensics (C) - Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests. The test results along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime.
  14. Fossils (B/C) - Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations. Emphasis will be on fossil indentification and ability to answer questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units
  15. Geologic Mapping (C) - Students will demonstrate understanding in the construction and use of topographic maps, geologic maps, cross sections and their use in forming interpretations regarding subsurface structures and geohazard risks.
  16. Green Generation (B/C) - Students will answer questions involving the history and consequences of human impact on our environment, solutions to reversing trends and sustainability concepts.
  17. It's About Time (C) - .Competitors will construct one non-electrical device to measure time intervals between 10 and 300 seconds. They must also be asked to answer questions related to time.
  18. Mission Possible (C) - Prior to the competition, participants will design, build, test and document a "Rube Goldberg-like device" that completes a required Final Task using a sequence of consecutive energy transfers.
  19. Protein Modeling (C) - Student will use computer visualization and online resources to guide the construction of physical models of proteins and to understand how protein structure determines function. They will model proteins being used to edit the human genome.
  20. Scrambler (C) - Competitors must design, build, and test a mechanical device, which uses the energy from a falling mass to transport an egg along a track as quickly as possible and stop as close to the center of a terminal barrier without breaking the egg.
  21. Technical Problem Solving (C) - Teams will gather and process data to solve problems.
  22. Wright Stuff (C) - Teams will design, construct, and test free flight rubber powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.
  23. Write It/Do It (B/C) - A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.