Division C Events (Grades 9-12)

NOTE - If you have any questions regarding the rules, please refer to the Official Rulles listed in the Coaches Manual

2017 Science Olympiad Events

Event New Event Description Resource Message
Anatomy & Physiology  info ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems: respiratory, digestive and immune.

Astronomy  info ASTRONOMY

Teams will demonstrate an understanding of stellar evolution and Type Ia supernova.

Chemistry Lab  info CHEMISTRY LAB

Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills and answer questions related to thermodynamics and gas laws.

Disease Detectives  info DISEASE DETECTIVES

Students will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on Food Borne Illness.

Dynamic Planet  info DYNAMIC PLANET

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the large-scale processes affecting the structure of Earth's crust (Tectonics).

Ecology  info ECOLOGY

Students will answer questions involving content knowledge and process skills in the area of ecology and adaptations in featured North American biomes.

Experimental Design  info EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN

Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.

Fermi Questions tick  info FERMI QUESTIONS

Teams provide answers (within an order of magnitude recorded in powers of ten) to a series of Fermi Questions, which are science-related questions that seek fast, rough estimates of a quantity which is either difficult or impossible to measure directly.

Forensics  info FORENSICS

Students will identify polymers, solids, fibers, and other materials in a crime scenario.

Game On  info GAME ON

This event will determine a team's ability to design and build an original computer game incorporating the theme provided to them by the supervisor using the program Scratch.

Helicopters  info HELICOPTERS

Prior to the tournament teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered helicopters to achieve maximum time aloft.


Will be held in a room with a flat ceiling that is 11' 6"

Herpetology tick  info HERPETOLOGY

This event will test knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.

Hovercraft  info HOVERCRAFT

Competitors may construct a self-propelled air-levitated vehicle with up to two battery-powered motors that turn one propeller each to levitate and move the vehicle down a track. Competitors must also be tested on their knowledge of classic mechanics and related topics.

Materials Science  info MATERIALS SCIENCE

Teams will answer a series of questions or complete tasks involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the areas of materials science.

Microbe Mission  info MICROBE MISSION

Teams will answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to microbes.

Mission Possible tick  info MISSION POSSIBLE

Prior to the competition, participants will design, build, test and document a Rube Goldberg-like device that completes a required Final Task through an optional series of simple machines.

Mousetrap Vehicle tick  info MOUSETRAP VEHICLE

Teams design, build and test a vehicle using one, or two, snap mousetraps as its sole means of propulsion that can push a plastic cup forward, reverse direction, and come to a stop behind the start point.

Optics  info OPTICS

Teams must participate in an activity involving positioning mirrors to direct a laser beam towards a target. Teams must also be tested on their knowledge of geometric and physical optics.

Remote Sensing  info REMOTE SENSING

Participants will use remote sensing imagery, data and computational process skills to complete tasks related to climate change processes in the Earth system.

Rocks & Minerals  info ROCKS & MINERALS

Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.

Thermodynamics tick  info THERMODYNAMICS

Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat and complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.

Towers  info TOWERS

Prior to the competition, teams will design and build a Tower meeting requirements specified in the rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.

Write It Do It  info WRITE IT DO IT

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.

Trial Events

Event New Event Description Resource Message
No Trial Events tick  info EVENT

No Trial Event