Science Olympiad

  • Science Olympiad is a club dedicated to raising STEM to a new level. We compete in competitions which include testing events and build events. We are a team that does very well at regional and state competition, and have been continuously improving every year. This year's (2018-2019) events are:


    Category: Earth & Space Science     
    Astronomy Academic Teams will demonstrate an understanding of stellar evolution in normal & starburst.
    Dynamic Planet  Academic Students will use process skills to complete tasks related to glaciation and long-term climate change.
    Fossils Academic Teams demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations including but not limited to fossil identification, answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.
    GeoLogic Mapping Academic Teams will demonstrate understanding in the construction and use of topographic maps, geologic maps, and cross sections, and their use in forming interpretations regarding subsurface structures and geohazard risks.
    Category: Inquiry & Nature of Science     
    Codebusters Academic Teams will cryptanalyse (decode) encrypted messages using cryptanalysis techniques and show skill with advanced ciphers by encrypting or decrypting a message.
    Experimental Design Academic This event will determine a team's ability to design, conduct, and report the findings of an experimental actually conducted on site.
    Fermi Questions Academic Teams provide answers to a series of "Fermi Questions"; science related questions that seek fast, rough estimates of a quantity, which is either difficult or impossible to measure directly. For example, the question "How many drops of water are there in Lake Erie?" requires an estimate of the volume of a drop, the volume of Lake Erie from its approximate dimensions and conversion of units to yield an answer. The answers should be an estimate within an order of magnitude recorded in powers of ten. 
    Write It Do It Academic On student will write a description of an object and how to build it, and then the other student will attempt to construct the object from this description.
    Category: Life, Personal & Social Science     
    Anatomy & Physiology Academic Participants will be assessed on their understanding of the anatomy and physiology for the human Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, and Excretory systems.
    Designer Genes Academic Participants will solve problems and analyse data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics, molecular genetics and biotechnology.
    Disease Detectives  Academic 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 Food Borne Illness.
    Herpetology Academic This event will test knowledge of amphibians, turtles, crocodilians & reptiles. 
    Water Quality Academic Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of aquatic environments.
    Category: Physical Science & Chemistry     
    Chemistry Lab Academic Teams will complete one or more tasks and answer a series of questions involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the areas of Physical Properties and Acids & Bases.
    Circuit Lab Combo Participants must complete tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism. 
    Forensics Academic Given a scenario and some possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests. These tests, along with other evidence or test results will be used to solve a crime.
    Protein Modeling Academic Students will use computer visualization and online resources to construct physical models of the CRISPR Cas9 protein, that is being engineered to edit plant and animal cell genomes, and answer a series of questions about chemistry of protein folding and the interaction of structure an function for model proteins. 
    Sounds of Music Combo Teams must construct and tune one device prior to the tournament based on a 12-tone equal tempered scale and complete a written test on the physics of sound.
    Thermodynamics Combo Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat and complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.
    Category: Technology & Engineering Design     
    Boomilever Build Teams will design and build a Boomilever meeting requirements specified in these rules supporting a minimum load and to achieve the highest structural efficiency. 
    Mission Possible  Build Prior to the competition, competitors will design, build, test, and document a Rube Goldberg(R)-like device that completes a required task through an optional series of simple machines.
    Mousetrap Vehicle Build Teams must design, build, and test a vehicle using one or two snap mousetraps as its sole means of propulsion to quickly push a plastic cup forward a Cup Target Point, reverse direction, and come to a stop at the Vehicle Target Point, a specified distance behind the Start Point.
    Wright Stuff Build Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.

    If you are interested in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, or just enjoy building things or learning about the natural world, please contact me!

    Chad Brown

    Head Coach - Science Olympiad Team