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Science Olympiad Meeting

Event Descriptions

Teika Clavell

on 13 September 2013

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Science Olympiad 2013-2014
Welcome to the GCMS Science Olympiad Interest Meeting!! Science Olympiad is a team-based competition in which students compete in 'events' pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.
The Coaches
Let's Introduce the Coaches:
Ms. Brewer
Mrs. Thomas
Ms. Leigh
Mrs. Stiger
Mrs. Dysinger
Mrs. Molina
Mrs. Clavell
Events Characteristics
There are two different event categories: building events and tested events. We break the events down further into morning and evening events.
How to Participate
Each grade level has one Den Time specifically for Science Olympiad. If you plan on participating, you will need to let your science teacher know. Here are some things you should know first:
The Science Olympiad Tournament will be held February 22nd. This is a Saturday. In order to be part of the team, you will need to be able to make this date.
Because Science Olympiad is taking place in Den Time, we are very limited to the amount of class/ Coach time you will have. It is up to you to meet:
all deadline provided by the Coaches
after school when required by the Coaches
Spend time at home completing assignments and deadlines.
This year, events will be done differently. You will have to pick your top three events making sure that you pick at least one from the morning events and the afternoon events. As we get closer to the Tournament, there will be a GCMS competition to see who gets to compete at Fayetteville Tech.
Building Events
The majority of the building event materials are on you. If there is something that you cannot get, please talk to your Coach.
Tested Events
Coaches will provide some of the materials for the tested events, however research will need to be done by you. Resources will be provided by the Coaches.
Bottle Rockets
Duct Tape Challenge
This event is a build-on-site event. Teams will arrive at the competition and be given a set of materials, primarily Duck Tape, and a task. They will then have a given amount of time to complete whatever task they are assigned, such as building the tallest tower, widest bridge, most buoyant boat, etc. The task parameters will be clearly outlined for the teams. At the end of the build time, teams will test their structures to determine the winner.
Elastic Launch Glider
This event is a building event consisting of two parts: a glider made to be launched by the pulling and releasing of a rubber loop, which can be constructed based on plans of the competitor, or from a kit, and a flight log similar to that of other aviation events.
Wheeled Vehicle
Wheeled Vehicle is a physics event in which the participants must construct a vehicle powered only by a non-metallic elastic solid device. The participants must be able to adjust the vehicle to travel a specified distance as chosen by the event supervisor and also be able to predict the time in which the vehicle will reach its defined destination.
Sounds of Music
Sounds of Music is an event in which two participants build two homemade instruments, play two songs in a performance taking up less than 180 seconds, and explain the physics of sound through an interview and/or written test.
Building Events
Boomilever is a device built to hold a specified weight a given distance from a vertical surface. Rules include a maximum vertical height for the device, how far the device must hold the weight from the vertical surface, the max weight, and the mode of attaching the device to the wall.
Teams will build ahead of time up to 2 water rockets using a 2 LITER (or less) CARBONATED BEVERAGE BOTTLE pressure vessel. At the competition, teams will have up to 10 minutes to launch their rocket(s) for the greatest time aloft. Only one launch is allowed per rocket, so teams only bringing one rocket will only be allowed one launch.
Science/ Math Based Events
Experimental Design
It Matters
Metric Mastery
Shock Value
Simple Machines
Write it, Do it
Medical/ Heath Based Events
Disease Detective
Crime Busters
Environmental - based Events
Water Quality
Solar Systems
Rocks & Minerals
Road Scholar
Dynamic Planet
Tested Events
In this event, you will be given several materials and asked to perform an experiment on a certain science topic. You will then be required to write-up the experiment in the "lab write-up," which will be used to score you.
chemistry event about states and properties of matter
which tests the students' ability to quickly and accurately estimate and measure the physical properties of objects in metric units. Properties to be measured can include mass, volume, density, area, force, distance, time, and temperature.

This will usually be a station based event. In the first part of the competition, students will estimate the properties asked for of an object in or in less than 30 seconds, then move on when they are given directions to do so. In the second part, students will usually move back to the same objects with measuring tools, and accurately measure them.
laboratory event which deals with the various components and properties of direct current (DC) circuits. Historically, the fields which have been tested in this event are DC circuit concepts and DC circuit analysis (both theory and practice).
Simple Machines is an event that requires participants to calculate the IMA (ideal mechanical advantage) and AMA (actual mechanical advantage) of simple machines, as well as efficiency in some cases. This event is generally run as stations. For the 2008 season, the machines used were a lever, inclined plane, pulley system, and a wheel and axle.
In Write It Do It, one team member is given a structure built from some sort of construction materials, and writes a set of instructions on how to build it. The other team member will receive the instructions written by their teammate and a set of unassembled materials, and attempt to recreate the object as accurately as possible.
Anatomy is an event which tests students' knowledge about the anatomy of a human body. Topics may include diseases in systems as well as the general anatomy and function of each system from the cellular to the holistic scale.
Disease Detectives focuses on epidemiology, that is, the study of diseases and how they spread
Heredity is based on genetics and molecular biology (mitosis/meiosis, leading/lagging strand, etc).
In Crime Busters, students will identify perpetrators of a certain crime by identifying unknown powders, liquids, and metals, and analyzing hairs, fibers, plastics, fingerprints, DNA evidence, shoe prints, tire treads, soil and splatters. Students will also analyze evidence from paper chromatography.
Water Quality test students' ability to identify aquatic organisms and understanding of the indicators of water quality. Topics that may be included in the testing are aquatic ecology, the water cycle, nutrient cycling, aquatic chemistry, potable water treatment, waste water treatment, aquatic food chains and webs, community interactions, population dynamics, watershed resource management issues, sedimentation pollution, and harmful species.
Solar System addresses the Sun, planets and their satellites, comets, asteroids, the Oort Cloud, the Kuiper Belt, meteoroids, meteorites, and meteors.
Rocks and Minerals is an identification event in which teams will use their knowledge of rocks and minerals to identify pictures and complete a written test.
Meteorology is a weather-based event designed to test students' basic understanding of the meteorological principles and ability to interpret and analyze meteorological data.
In Road Scholar, participants are to be able to interpret, collect data, and make conjectures from maps, usually highway and/or topographic maps.
insect identification and information
Dynamic planet is a tested event that concentrates on on specific aspect of the planet. Last year was glaciers.
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