Competitive Events

A Competitive Event may be sponsored for a donation of $100. Event sponsors are recognized by the posting of a large sign with the sponsors logo or name at the event room, by having their logo or name printed in the program on event supervisor page, and by being listed in Sponsors section of website.

The events available for sponsorship are listed below.


If you know of an organization that might sponsor one of these events, download this sponsorship information document and have them complete a sponsor registration.

 

Pick your event now!

You can send us a donation of $100 by check payable to Macomb Science Olympiad or through Paypal, and reserve your event before it is sponsored by someone else.  Be sure to name your event and to provide a phone number where we can reach you to follow up on graphics for your organization name and logo.

 

 

 If you have questions or need help, please contact John Ogden.

 

Division C Events - High School

2016 Sponsor

Life, Personal & Social Science  

Anatomy & Physiology

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the Cardiovascular, Integumentary and Immune systems.

Disease Detectives

This event requires students to apply principles of epidemiology to a published report of a real-life health situation or problem.  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 Population Growth.

Entomology

Students will be asked to identify insects and selected immature insects by order and family, answer questions about insectrs and use or construct a dichotomous key.

 

Cell Biology

This event integrates content knowledge and process skills in the areas of cell biology and cellular biochemistry.

 

Green Generation 

Students will demonstrate an understanding of general ecological principles, the history and consequences of human impact on our environment, solutions to reversing trends and sustainability concepts.

Earth & Space Science  

Astronomy

Teams will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of mathematics and physics relating to stellar evolution and star and planet formation.

 

Dynamic Planet 

Teams will complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.

 

Fossils

Teams will deomonstrate their knowledge of ancient life, with an emphasis on fossil identification and answer questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

GeoLogic Mapping (Earth's Hydrosphere)

Teams will demonstrate understanding in the construction of topographic maps, geologic maps, cross sections and their use in forming interpretations regarding subsurface structure and geohazard risks.

 
Physical Science & Chemistry  

Air Trajectory

Prior to the competition, teams will design, construct and calibrate a single device capable of launching projectiles into a target and collect data regarding device parameters and performance.

 

It's About Time

Teams will construct one non-electrical device to measure time intervals between 10 and 300 seconds, and answer questions related to time.

 

 

Compound Machines

This event includes activities and questions related to simple and compound machines.

 
Chemistry Lab

Teams will complete one or more tasks  and answer a series of questions involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the areas of chemical reactions, stoichiometry, and kinetics.

 

Forensics

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

Teams will use computer visualization to guide the construction of physical models of proteins and to understand how protein structure determines function.  For 2015, students will model proteins being used to edit the human genome. 

Technology & Engineering  

Bridge Building

The objectives of this event are for the team to design and build the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening, and meet the required specfications.

 Anderson Eckstein and Westrick 

Mission Possible

Prior to the competition, participants will design, build, test and document a "Rube Goldberg-like device" that completes a required Final Task using a sequence of consecutive Actions or Energy Transfers.

 

 

Scrambler

Competitors must design, build and test a mechanical device which uses the energy from a falling mass to transport an egg along a track as quickly as possible and stop as close to the center of a terminal barrier without breaking the egg.

Wright Stuff

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

 
Inquiry & Nature of Science  

Experimental Design

This event will determine a team's ability to design, conduct, and report the findings of an experiment conducted on site.

 

Bungee Drop

Each team will design on "elastic" cord to conduct two separate "drops" from given heights and attempt to get a drop mass as close as possible to, but without touching, a landing surface.

 

Technical Problem Solving

Teams will gather and process data to solve problems.  This year focuses on Forensic patterns of physical evidence.

 

Write It Do It

Technical writing exercise where a student will write a description of an object and how to build it, and their teammate will attempt to recreate it using that written description and materials provided.

 

 

Division B Events - Middle School

2016 Sponsor

Life, Personal & Social Science  

Anatomy and Physiology

Students will demonstrate an understanding  of the basic anatomy and physiology of the Cardiovascular, Integumentary and Immune systems.

Disease Detectives (Environmental Quality)

This event requires students to apply principles of epidemiology to a published report of a real-life health situation or problem.  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 Population Growth

Entomology

Students will be asked to identify insects by order and family, answer questions about insectrs and use or construct a dichotomous key.

 

Bio-Process Lab

This is a lab-focused competition involving the fundamental science processes of a middle school life science and biology lab program.

 

Green Generation 

Students will demonstrate an understanding of general ecological principles, the history and consequences of human impact on our environment, solutions to reversing trends, and sustainability concepts.

 

Earth & Space Science  

Dynamic Planet (Glaciers)

Teams will complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.

 

Fossils

Teams will deomonstrate their knowledge of ancient life, with an emphasis on fossil identification and answer questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

Meteorology

Teams will use science process skills to demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of the Earth systems and anthropogenic factors that influence world climate.

 

Road Scholar

Teams will answer interpretive questions that may use one or more state highway maps, USGS topographic maps, Internet-generated maps, and a road atlas or satellite/aerial images.

 

Solar System

Students will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the properties and evolution of extraterrestrial ice and water in the solar system.  

 
Physical Science & Chemistry  

Can't Judge a Powder

Students will characterize one pure substance and then, based only on data they collect, answer a series of questions about that substance.

 

Crime Busters

Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests.  The test results along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime.

 

Air Trajectory

Prior to the competition, students will design, construct and calibrate a single device capable of launching projectiles into a target  and collect data regarding device parameters and performance.

 

Simple Machines

Students will perform activities and answer questions related to simple machines.

 

Crave the Wave

In this event, competitors must demonstrate knowledge and process skills needed to solve problems and answer questions regarding all types of waves and wave motion.

 
Technology & Engineering  

Bridge Building

The objectives of this event are for the team to design and build the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening, and meeting the required specifications.

 

Elastic Launched Glider

Prior to the tournament, teams design, construct and test elastic-launched gliders to achieve the maximum time aloft.

 

Robo-Cross

Teams will design and build a robot capable of performing certain tasks on a prescribed playing field.

 

 

Wheeled Vehicle

Competitors must design, build and test one vehicle that uses a non-metallic, elastic material as its sole means of propulsion to travel a specific distance and around an obstacle as quickly as possible and stop as close as possible to a Finish Point.

 
Inquiry & Nature of Science  

Bottle Rocket

Prior to the tournament, teams construct two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.

 

Picture This

The objective is to have team members take turns drawing representations of a set of scientific terms and concepts while the other team members guess the term being drawn.

 

Experimental Design

This event will determine a team's ability to design, conduct, and report the findings of an experiment conducted on site.

 

Write It Do It

Technical writing exercise where one student will write a description of a object and how to build it, and their teammates will attempt to recreate it using that written description and materials provided.

 

 

Division A Events - Elementary School

2016 Sponsor

A is for Anatomy

Students will identify anatomical structures of the human nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.  Included on the test are scientific names of the parts of the brain, a spinal cord cross section, a neuron, the simple spinal reflex, special senses (ear and eye) the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system.

 

Dr. Jim Skoney

Car Crash Eggspert

Each team will build a structure on top of a PineCar racer.  The structure will be designed to hold and protect an egg as the car is rolled down a progressively steeper series of ramps and crashed into an immovable barrier.

 

Great Lakes Hobby & Toy

Charged Up

Students will be tested on their knowledge of electricity and related concepts. The exam will cover circuits, conductors, voltage, current, resistance, schematic drawings, meter readings, electrical sources and safety.

 

Open Mind Development

Crime Busters

Students will evaluate crime scene evidence to determine who committed a crime. Students may be expected to test unknown powders, use paper chromatography to identify ink, and match fingerprints, shoeprints, tire prints, and more.

 

Legacy Law Partners

 

Amazing Arthropods

Students will demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in taxonomy, ecology, life history, and the economic impacts of the major terrestrial arthropod groups.  This knowledge will also be applied to recognizing the arthropods in their own neighborhood by assembling a collection of arthropod specimens or specimen photographs and identifying them in advance of the tournament.

 

 Rose Pest Solutions, and

The Original Mackinac Butterfly House

Simple Machines

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. Students should know and understand the concept of mechanical advantage and be able to estimate it by comparing the ratio of forces or distances.

 

 

Blue Water Maintenance

 

 

Grasp-A-Graph

Students will interpret and organize information using pictographs, pie, bar, line graphs and Venn diagrams to solve problems.

 

Dr. Jim Skoney

Bridging the Gap

Students will be given a mystery bag of materials to build a bridge across the widest span possible.  The bridge should be constructed to support a tennis ball at its midpoint.

 

Colasanti Construction Specialties

 

Reflection Relay

A team of three students will work cooperatively to determine the path a light beam takes, as it reflects off a series of plane mirrors.

Family Eye Care Associates

Rock Hound

Students will prepare a chart and use it 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.

 

Mt. Clemens Gem & Lapidary Society

Precision Ping Pong Propulsion

Students will design and construct a device, according to the parameters set forth in the rules, to shoot a series of ping pong balls at a target that is placed within a given range.

 Home Depot

Starry, Starry Night

This event will test students’ knowledge of astronomical facts and concepts relating to the earth, moon, solar system, celestial sphere, stars and constellations.  

 

 Vicki Fraternali

 

Water Rockets

Prior to the tournament, each team 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.

 

 

Weather or Not

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.

 Dr. Jim Skoney

Wildlife Safari

Students will demonstrate their ability to identify reptiles and amphibians of North and South America and their habitats through the use of field guides. 

Detroit Zoological Society

Zowie Estimation

Presented with a variety of objects, students will be asked to estimate mass in grams, volume in cubic centimeters, or number of objects in a container.
 

Dr. David Klida