Students will identify anatomical structures of the human muscular and skeletal systems and the digestive system.
Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the major arthropod groups including some taxonomy ecology, life history, and the economic impacts from them.
Students will be tested on their knowledge of electricity and related concepts. The exam will cover circuits, conductors, diodes, voltage, current, resistance, schematic drawings, meter reading, electrical sources and safety.
Each team will build a structure on top of a PineCar Racer. The structure will be designed to hold and protect one or two eggs as the car is rolled down a progressively steeper series of ramps and crashed into an immovable barrier.
To determine who committed a crime, students will analyze clues that may include testing of unknown powders, paper chromatography to identify ink, matching fingerprints, shoeprints or tire tracks.
Students will interpret and organize information using pictographs, pie, bar, double bar, line and double line graphs, and Venn diagrams.
Students will be given a mystery set of materials to build a freestanding tower as tall as possible and still support the weight of a tennis ball.
Students will design and construct a device, capable of launching a ping pong ball at a three-dimensional target, which is placed within a given range.
A team of three students will work cooperatively to determine the path a light beam follows, as it reflects off a series of plane mirrors.
Students will prepare charts and use them to identify various rocks and minerals. Questions about the rocks or minerals, such as their color, specific gravity, relative hardness, reaction to 3 molar hydrochloric acid, shape, and texture will be asked. This year will focus more on Igneous rocks.
Participants will identify, use, and answer questions about simple machines and recognize the relationships between work, force and distance as they apply to each simple machine. Knowledge of the following six simple machines will be demonstrated: lever, inclined plane, pulley, screw, wheel and axle, and wedge.
This event will test students’ knowledge of astronomical facts and concepts relating to the earth, moon, solar system, celestial sphere, stars and constellations. This season includes a focus on galaxies and nebulae, and telescopes.
Prior to the tournament, contestants will use 2-liter soda/pop bottles to build one or more rockets propelled by pressurized air and water. Rockets will be launched at the tournament and time aloft recorded. The rocket that stays aloft for the longest time will win.
Students will be tested on their knowledge of weather and meteorology. Topics may include clouds, simple scientific weather instruments and their functions, weather patterns, severe weather, and weather photographs, drawings, or diagrams. Questions may also include states of water, water cycle, weather terminology, atmosphere, and seasonal changes in weather. This season includes a focus on severe weather.
Students will demonstrate their ability to identify Michigan mammals with the use of field guides. They will also demonstrate their understanding of basic ecological concepts such as food chains, food webs, and and the impact of humans on the ecology of Michigan.
Presented with a variety of tasks, students will be asked to estimate mass in grams, volume in cubic centimeters, and number of objects in a container.
Students will be tested on computer science and computational mathematics and are challenged to apply these concepts to solve a hands-on computer programming problem. The programming language focus for this season is Java.