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Utica Practice Event

Monday & Tuesday, March 18 & 19, 2024

Malow Jr. High School
6400 25 Mile Rd., Shelby Township


Tournament Schedule

(Mar 17)

Tournament Map

(Feb 29)

Rocket Launch Criteria

NASA has launch weather guidelines, and so do we.

At 7pm the night before the tournament, we look at the hourly forecast for the beginning of launch time.  Launches will be cancelled if the forecast matches ANY of these criteria:

  • Ambient temp will be < 32 degrees
  • Wind speed will be > 20 mph
  • Real Feel temp < 24 degrees
  • > 50% chance of precipitation

At launch time, we may still cancel if:

  • There is lightning in the area
  • Precipitation is active and will continue

The decision to cancel a launch is not an easy one.

We have learned that it is impossible to conduct a consistent and fair tournament when launching in substandard weather conditions.

We will do our best to provide an alternate launch date.

This practice event is open to all registered teams
in the Utica school district, as well as local private school teams.


  • Water Rocket launch is on!

  • The tournament schedule is final?, as of March 17.  

  • The format of this practice event will again be over two evenings.  Half of the events will be on Monday, and half on Tuesday.  Some families will need to attend both nights, depending on assigned events. 

  • Students will not carry testing materials out from each session.  Scoring will be conducted by tournament staff and results will be passed to the head coach and be posted on this website.

Tournament Policies

Alternate Team Members

  • One additional team member may be added to an Event Team beyond what is allowed by the official event rules.


  • Teams which are registered as a Second team with Macomb may participate.  Second teams have a unique team number assigned by Macomb.

  • The membership of the participants from the Primary team and Second team should not overlap.


  • Awards are not given.


  • Parents and Event Coaches are not allowed in closed event rooms during or after competition.

  • Head Coaches will receive ZipGrade forms and score sheets at the end of the tournament.  These should be retained, awaiting release of the respective Category Indexes after the last practice tournament.

Tournament Director

Renee Fiema, Ed.D.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Macomb Science Olympiad

P.O. Box 763, Sterling Heights, MI 48311

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