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Science Teams Overview

2013-2014
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Margaret Yu

on 5 August 2013

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Transcript of Science Teams Overview

What are the Science Teams?
About the Science Teams
The science teams are an important part of the United Sciences, a club dedicated to promoting science. United Sciences' various activities include tutoring, preparing for competitions (this could be you!), contests for middle-schoolers, and fundraising (important for funding our teams!). Your participation in the science teams translates to a rewarding experience academically and socially, that is, if you put in the time and enthusiasm! :)
Why Should You Join?
lots of medals!
Rocks and Minerals
Type: Study Event
Competition Format: Written answer sheet (field-guide and a binder full of information may be brought). Divided into several stations in which competitors identify and answer questions about rocks and minerals on the stations (formation, structure, etc.)
Needed skills: QUICK thinking, interest in geology, background knowledge of chemistry (for fuller comprehension)
New Events
Entomology
Geologic Mapping
Compound Machines
Mission Possible
Scrambler
Bungee Drop

*Details about these events will be available in the fall, when Science Olympiad coordinators send out information packets.
Science Bowl
Science Bowl (Sci Bowl) is a rigorous buzzer competition in which students are asked questions about Energy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, and Mathematics. The team meets weekly at the Captain's house. This form of competition is analogous to QuizBowl.
Needed Skills: Ability to buzz quickly, lots of knoweldge in the categories above, abilility to think quickly and accurately.
Oceans Bowl
Oceans Bowl is a buzzer competition which covers the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geography, Marine Policy, Social Sciences, and Technology, all of which have a narrowed focus on the oceans. In addition to Toss-Up (four points) and Bonus (six points and only offered to the team that answered a Toss-Up correctly) questions, there are Team Challenge Questions, which are short written tests that are taken in a matter of minutes. Therefore, knowledge and buzzer skill are both vital.
Miscellaneous Olympiads
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Olympiads are individual, written tests that require AP-level knowledge of the subjects. United Sciences will subsidize the test fees for its members.
The Categories
Life, Personal, and Social Science
(Anatomy, Biology, Environmental Science)

Earth & Space Science
(Astronomy, Geology)

Physical Science & Chemistry
(Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science)

Technology & Engineering
(Building)

Inquiry & Nature of Science
(Scientific Method, Strategy)
Life, Personal, and Social Science
Anatomy and Physiology (Integumentary, Immune)
Disease Detectives (Environmental Quality)
Entomology *NEW*
Designer Genes
Water Quality
Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad (SciOly) is a (15-member) team competition in which members compete in various events, often with an event partner. These events can be study events, lab events, or building events.
Earth & Space Science
Astronomy
Dynamic Planet (Glaciers)
Geologic Mapping *NEW*
Rocks and Minerals
Physical Science & Chemistry
MagLev
Circuit Lab
Compound Machines *NEW*
Chem Lab (Equilibrium & Chem Reactions/Stoichiometry)
Forensics
Materials Science
Technology & Engineering
Mission Possible *NEW*
Boomilever
Scrambler *NEW*
Elastic Launched Glider
Inquiry & Nature of Science
Experimental Design
Bungee Drop *NEW*
Technical Problem Solving
Write It Do It
Disease Detectives
Type: Study event
Competition format: Written test (non-graphing calculator allowed) focusing on environmental quality
Needed skills: some knowledge of biology, good arithmetic skills
Anatomy and Physiology
Type: Study event
Competition format: Written test that encompasses the integumentary and immune systems.
Needed skills: ability to recognize and understand diagrams, some knowledge of biology
Entomology
NEW
Type: Study event
Competition format: written test about insects
Needed skills: interest in insects
Designer Genes
Type: Study Event
Competition Format: Multiple-choice and free-response (calculator may be needed). Topics include main concepts of genetics and molecular biology in freshman Biology H and AP Biology (DNA Replication, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Lac & Trp Operons, etc.).
Needed Skills: Interest in the genetic field, math skills not really necessary, ability to analyze diagrams
Water Quality
Type: Study event
Competition format: Written test focusing on evaluating aquatic environments. There will also be a test on a student-built salinometer.
Needed skills: some knowledge of environmental science and biology, understanding of the water cycle, various nutrient cycles, and biogeochemical cycles
Astronomy
Type: Study event
Competition Format: Written test including multiple-choice and free-response (calculator needed). Topics depend on the year. 2013's topic was Type II Supernovae and Stellar Evolution. We were given a list of approximately 15-20 DSOs (Deep Space Objects) to be researched. There were about 20 multiple-choice questions regarding general astronomy, 10 free-response questions (calculator needed), and questions that ask for information about the DSO's.
Needed skills: interest in astronomy, good sense of timing, ability to understand the math & physics involved in astronomy
Dynamic Planet
Geologic Mapping
New written event in geology, introduced as a trial event at the 2013 SoCal State Science Olympiad.
Type: Study event
Competition format: Written test on fault formation, general information about geology (unconformities, sedimentation, calculations of dips, topography, etc.), and seismic profiles. Some general subtopics are the use of the UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator), analysis of topographic maps, and fold geometries.
Needed skills: interest in geology and earth science, good sense of timing
MagLev
Type: Study/Building event
Competition Format: Objective is to predict the run time of your vehicle as accurately as possible. The vehicle and track will be constructed beforehand. There will also be a test on magnetism and related topics. There is a chance that this will be a full study event.
Needed skills: Some knowledge of physics, common sense
Circuit Lab
Type: Lab event
Competition format: Station-style test (calculators allowed) that focuses on DC electrical circuits
Needed skills: some knowledge of the physics involved in electricity, good sense of timing, enjoy hands-on tasks
Compound Machines
Type: Building event
New building event for Division C.
Chem Lab
Type: Lab event
Competition format: Lab-style test (must wear goggles, non-graphing calculators allowed) that focuses on equilibrium/chemical reactions and stoichiometry
Needed skills: enjoy hands-on tasks, some knowledge of chemistry, good sense of timing, good at lab activities
Forensics
Type: Lab event
Competition format: Competitors are given a scenario and will have to find the suspect and/or solve the crime. Techniques needed include, but are not limited to, analysis of fibers, flame test of various samples, identification of given samples using multiple tests, spectroscopy, fingerprint analysis, chromatography, bullet striations, blood spatter analysis, and entomology. Write a report on the analysis of the crime that includes how the samples support the conclusion as well as which pieces of evidence implicate which suspect.
Needed skills: interest in forensics, good logic, creativity
Materials Science
Type: Study/ Lab event
Competition Format: Lab-style event (non-programmable calculator allowed, must wear goggles and lab coats) where teams answer questions or complete tasks on the properties of materials and the chemistry involved in materials science.
Needed Skills: Knowledge in chemistry, good at lab activities, ability to do on site analysis of data.
Mission Possible
Type: Building Event (Impound Required)
New building event for Division C.
Competition Format: The team is to build a Rube Goldberg machine that will complete a list of tasks (given in the Rules Manual) within the given time limit (usually 60-90 seconds). The goal is to score the most number of points before time runs out.
Needed Skills: Lots and lots of problem solving skills and ability to design, build and test the Rube Goldberg machine
Boomilever
Type: Building event
Competition format: You bring a wooden structure designed to hold the most sand. Points are determined by how much sand your structure can hold and the measurements of the structure.
Needed skills: Patience; creativity; ability to use super glue, a tool to cut wood; and willingness to experiment
Scrambler
Type: Building Event
New building event for Division C.
Competition Format: The team is to design and construct a vehicle that can transport an uncooked egg across a track as fast as possible and stop as close as possible to the terminus without breaking the egg.
Needed Skills: Ability to design, build, and test the vehicle
Elastic Launch Glider
Type: Building event
Competition format: In a team of two, design and build a balsa wood glider that can stay aloft the longest. This event is a lot harder than it appears.
Needed skills: patience with working with your teammate, good designing skills, and knowledge regarding aerodynamics
Experimental Design
Type: Lab event
Competition Format: In a team of 3, given a set of unknown objects, design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
Needed skills: creativity, good sense of time, enjoy collaborating in a team, legible handwriting, understanding of the scientific process
Bungee Drop
Type: Building Event (Impound Required)
New building event.
Competition Format: The team is to design and build a bungee contraption. At impound, weights will be place in the container of each drop. The goal is to get the weight (varies from 25 to 200 grams) as close as possible to the ground without actually touching the ground. The height at which the drops will be placed will be announced at Impound.
Needed Skills: Ability to design, build, test, and make impromptu adjustments to the drop when the weights and heights are given.
Technical Problem Solving
Type: Lab event
Competition format: Lab-style test (calculators allowed) where teams are asked to solve a "technical problem" using provided probe-ware.
Needed skills: awesome skills in problem-solving, good sense of timing, understanding of science formulas and constants, creativity
Write It Do It
Type: Lab event
Competition Format: The Writer will have 20 minutes to write instructions on how to build a model. Then the Doer will have 20 minutes to try to recreate that model with just the writer's written instructions.
Needed skills: telepathy between you and your partner, creativity, legible handwriting, good sense of time, quick hands and feet
Type: Study event
Competition Format: Written test on types of glaciers (alpine, cirque, etc.) and their characteristics, terms relating to glacial deposits, glacial formation, glacial depositional landforms, glacial history, and indications of global climate change.
Needed skills: interest in earth and atmospheric science, interest in environmental science, good sense of timing
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