Science Olympiad Events hosted in Florida

 

 

UPDATED FOR 2015-2016

 

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

Biology Events
  1. Anatomy & Physiology (B) - Teams will be tested on their knowledge of anatomy and health concepts including skeletal, muscular, and integumentary systems.
  2. Bio-Process Lab (B) - This event is a lab oriented competition involving the fundamental science processes of middle school life science/biology lab program.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Invasive Species (B/C) - This event will test student knowledge of invasive species in local and national ecosystems.
Earth Science Events
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Meteorology (B) - Teams will use science process skills to demonstrate a multidiscipinary understanding of the Earth systems and anthropogenic factors that influence world climate. Focus on everyday weather.
  4. Reach for the Stars (B) - Students will demonstrate an understanding and basic knowledge of the properties and evolution of extraterrestrial ice and water in the solar system
  5. 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.
Chemistry Events
  1. 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.
  2. Food Science (B) - Using their understanding of the chemistry and physical properties of baking ingredients, teams will answer questions at a series of stations.
Physics 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. 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
  3. Wind Power (B, C) - Teams will build a blade assembly that consists of any kind of propeller/pinwheel/rotor attached to a compact disc (CD), which will be used to capture wind power. Students will also be tested on their knowledge regarding alternative energy.
Technology/Build Events
  1. 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.
  2. Elastic Launched Glider (B) - Students will design, build and test two elastic launched gliders capable of the highest time aloft.
  3. Mission Possible (B) - 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.
  4. Scrambler (B) - 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.
Inquiry/Nature of Science Events
  1. Bottle Rocket (B) - Prior to the tournament, teams construct two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.
  2. Experimental Design (B/C) - Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Biology Events
  1. Anatomy & Physiology (C) - This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to skeletal, muscular, and integumentary systems.
  2. Cell Biology (C) - This event integrates knowledge and process skills in the areas of cell biology and cellular biochemistry.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Invasive Species (B/C) - This event will test student knowledge of invasive species in local and national ecosystems.
Earth Science Events
  1. Astronomy (C) - Teams will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of math and physics relating to stellar evolution and star and planet formation.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
Physics 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. 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.
  3. Wind Power (B, C) - Teams will build a blade assembly that consists of any kind of propeller/pinwheel/rotor attached to a compact disc (CD), which will be used to capture wind power. Students will also be tested on their knowledge regarding alternative energy.
Chemistry Events
  1. Chemistry Lab (C) - Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills related to kinetics and gas laws.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Technology/Build Events
  1. 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.
  2. Electric Vehicle (C) - Teams will construct a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion and predict the time it will take to travel a specified distance.
  3. Robot Arm (C) - Prior to the competition teams must design, build, document and test one robotic device to move scoreable items.
  4. Wright Stuff (C) - Teams will design, construct, and test free flight rubber powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.
Inquiry/Nature of Science Events
  1. Experimental Design (B/C) - Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
  2. Game On (C) - This event involves creating a computer game using the free tool Scratch. Scratch may be downloaded from http://scratch.mit.edu.  Students are presented with a theme, and must build an original game incorporating that theme. Students will be graded on completeness of the game as well as documentation and aesthetic appeal.
  3. Hydrogeology (C) - Students will manipulate a groundwater computer model, answer questions about groundwater concepts, and evaluate solutions, based on hydrogeological evidence, to reduce anthropogenic effects on groundwater. Computer may not be used at various competition locations. Please confirm with regional or state competition sites.
  4. 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.