Science Olympiad



Science Olympiad is nationwide competition. Students compete in 23 events that include earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Science Olympiad is designed to increase a student’s interest in STEM fields and provide recognition for outstanding achievement in team events. Students compete in Science Olympiad with the top teams advancing from Regional to State to National levels.

The New Mexico State Science Olympiad tournament is hosted by New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM.  We'll be hosting the Virtual Competition on March 20, 2021.  Teams from Divisions B and C will have the opportunity to compete in Regional events across the state.  We look forward to supporting our students in STEM!  More details can be found at www.nmt.edu/stem

Thank you for participating in the 2021 NMSO competition. We would love your feedback; please fill out our survey so we can make next year even better.


The New Mexico Science Olympiad Awards will premier on
New Mexico Tech's YouTube Channel on Sunday, March 21 at 7 pm!  Best of luck to all participants! Direct Link to the Awards Ceremony Here!

Procedure for Arbitration:

  1. First the student will use the Scilympiad Online Appeal feature.  This will allow the event supervisor the opportunity to resolve the issue.

  2.  If the issue needs further resolutions, then complete this form to discuss with arbitration panel.

  3. A volunteer will contact you to schedule a meeting with the arbitration panel.  When it is time to meet, join the zoom arbitration meeting here. The student will need to present to the Arbitration Committee.


***STUDENTS!!! Nominate your AWESOME Coaches Here!!***

For Students, Event Supervisors, Coaches, Directors, Volunteers - Please fill out the form at this link for your free Science Olympiad T-Shirt!


Information for Students and Coaches:

Students will be able to communicate during the events.  Some schools are allowing students to do their experiments at school (socially distanced, with masks), so they will be able to communicate in person.  We are allowing this because some students have terrible internet at home.  For students that don't have this option, they can either:

  • Use the chat feature through Scilympiad.

  • Use their cell phones and talk to each other.  If they go this route, they should call each other early so they don't have to mess with their phone during the exam.

  • Teams/Zoom/Google Meet will also be allowed - This will need to be communicated prior to starting the event and let the Event Supervisor know.

  • Discord will be allowed for communication between team members of that event only and not for communication between non-event participating members.
  • Students will need access to Youtube for certain events.

  • Students will need access to Google Drive as well as an email address.

  • Regarding time out-of-browser:  Scilympiad tracks time spent out of browser.

    • In general, for exam-only events that do not allow any notes, students must remain in-browser during an exam.  Some event-specific exceptions will be made to allow students to access materials from the web - Please see the updated Event Schedule below for details.

    • For exams that allow 1-2 pages of notes, students should print or write out the notes to have available, and therefore also not spend time out of browser. 

    • For exams that allow binders with material, time out of browser will be tracked, but not counted against the scoring.  Teams should prepare their documents as if they would have paper copies, but keep in a separate electronic file available to use during the exam. 


For Protein Modeling:

  • Students will be using JMOL
  • Part II, the Computer Exploration portion of the event, is only to be completed with the aid of a browser-based version of Jmol found at this website: https://cbm.msoe.edu/markMyweb/jmolDesignEnvironment/#forward

  • Students are NOT allowed to use the computer application version of Jmol

For Helicopter:

This event will be open from 3/17/21 at 9:00am to 3/20/21 at 12:00pm - once entered you will have 50 minutes. Please review the instructions at the following link: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qKyUguESTISJxvIU9S9SwIMeRyXmwieI/view?usp=sharing

  • If you experience any difficulties accessing the instructions, please contact: ceandraka@gmail.com and he will email you a copy of the instructions.

For Experimental Design:

  • Students will be provided with a list of materials that they need to design a virtual experiment with. They write their question, hypothesis, identify variables, materials and write a procedure

  • The second half of the activity will address the components of Experimental Design through short answer or multiple choice

  • They will need a calculator.

  • Students can only use each other - no outside sources.

  • Students will not do an experiment at home.


For Game on:

  • Time out of browser will not be tracked

Using Scratch:

  • Teams may use the online or desktop version of Scratch. If both partners are to access the game during the competition, the online version must be used.

  • If teams are using the online version (scratch.mit.edu), share the credentials with both partners.

  • Note that both partners cannot edit the game at the same time. This will overwrite changes in the game. Keep this in mind and only edit the game one at a time, saving and refreshing the page between edits. We encourage teams to test this out before the competition.

Rules:

  • As always, pre-made game assets, online assets, pre-written code, or other external resources MUST NOT be used. All game elements must be constructed in Scratch from scratch during the 50 minute testing period. Teams suspected of using external assets will be disqualified.

  • Do not reference note sheets, premade games, or other types of reference material (physical or online) for any purpose.

  • However, teams may reference a BLANK Game On scoring rubric (printed or online). We will be using this scoring rubric to grade the games.

During the competition:

  • Calling your partner using any method outside the Scilympiad platform is allowed (within the MiniSO rules; partners in the same household still cannot be in the same room and must use separate devices).

  • At the start of the block, teams will open the Scilympiad test like a normal event. When they start the test, they will be given the scientific topic and a link to the Google Form. 

  • When teams have completed their game after 50 minutes, they will have 10 minutesto download the game file, upload it into the Google Form, and submit it. Teams should familiarize themselves with downloading game files from Scratch (File > Save to your computer).

  • This form must be submitted within 60 minutes of beginning the test. Late submissions will not be accepted. If there are issues submitting, please contact the event supervisor in Scilympiad immediately, since there will be no way to contact the event supervisor after your time is up.

  • Submitting through Google Forms requires a Google account, so if you are unable to access one, please reach out beforehand.



Write-it CAD it:
  • Will need an account on Tinkercad

  • First 25 minutes will be the Writer

  • Second 25 minutes will be the CADer

  • Please see instructions at this link.


For Mousetrap car:
This event will be open from 3/19/21 at 9:00am to 3/20/21 at 12:00pm
- once entered you will have 50 minutes. Please review the instructions below: 

Students will need to turn in the following: 

1) The practice log, with all required parameters - The target distance is 9.75 Meters

2) Three (3) Pictures of the car in the ready to run position with a ruler that measures in cm aligned parallel the vehicle showing 

        a) Length of car view

         b) width of car view

         c) Height of car view (side view)

3) three (3) photos of the marked of track 

         a) the whole track with measurement device next to it (in CM or if in inches, with proper conversions listed in pictures)

          b) a close up of the  the start point with the measurement device next to it 

          c) a close up of the given target point with measurement device next to it (in CM or if in inches, with proper conversions listed in pictures)

2) A video, of no more than eight minutes, including the following IN ORDER, with No stops or editing of video.

          a) announcement of the length given,

          b) Vehicles made ready to run, (winding)

          c) Vehicle set and started (close up if possible)

          d) following of vehicle down track,

         e) Measurement from Dowel to target in cm

         f) a second run following steps b-e


For Gravity trap car:

This event will be open from 3/19/21 at 9:00am to 3/20/21 at 12:00pm - once entered you will have 50 minutes. Please review the instructions below:
Students will need to turn in the following: 

1) The practice log, with all required parameters

2) Three (3) Pictures of the car in the ready to run position on the ramp with a ruler that measures in cm aligned parallel the vehicle showing 

        a) Length of car view

         b) width of car view

         c) Height of car view (side view)

3) Three (3) photos of the marked of track 

         a) the whole track with measurement device next to it (in CM or if in inches, with proper conversions listed in pictures)

          b) a close up of the  the start point with the measurement device next to it 

          c) a close up of the given target point with measurement device next to it (in CM or if in inches, with proper conversions listed in pictures)

2) A video, of no more than ten minutes, including the following IN ORDER, with No stops or editing of video.

          a) announcement of the length given,

          b) Vehicles made ready to run, (winding)

          c) Vehicle set and started (close up if possible)

          d) following of vehicle down track,

         e) Measurement from Dowel to target in cm

         f) a second run following steps b-e, and then the third run following the same steps

Mission Possible:
This event will be open Friday 3/19 from 1pm-5pm, and Saturday from 8am-12pm. Please only go into the event during these times as you will need to coordinate with the event supervisor during his available times.

  • Mission Possible will be done this year with a video helper taking videos of the student's device on a smartphone.
  • The person taking videos of the device will need the Dropbox app.
  • Target run time is 85 seconds.
  • Scoresheet to be used by the judges: Scoresheet

Students will make a short video explaining the operation of the device.

    The video should also include measurements of any required distances within the device and show the external measurements as well.

    Yes, show me the ruler and the actual measurement being taken. This can be done before the device is set up to run.
 Possible measurements:

external volume (height, width, length) - required for all teams  

3.c.ii. A wheel and axle are rotated to raise a golf ball ≥ 10 cm vertically so that the golf ball at the end of the lift initiates the next action.

3.c.iv. Plain water is added to a container to raise a golf ball ≥ 5 cm so that the golf ball rolls out of the top of the container and initiates the next action.

3.c.v. A screw is rotated to move a wingnut threaded on the screw ≥ 2 cm horizontally. After moving ≥ 2 cm horizontally, the wingnut contacts an object which initiates the next action.

3.c.vi. A golf ball is pushed or pulled up an inclined plane with an IMA ≥ 2. After rising ≥ 10 cm vertically, the golf ball initiates the next action.

3.c.vii. A Pulley (system)with an IMA ≥ 2is used to lift a golf ball ≥ 10 cm vertically after which the golf ball initiates the next action.

3.c.viii. A 3rdclass lever is used to raise a golf ball ≥ 5 cm vertically after which the golf ball initiates the next action.

3.c.ix. A wedge is pulled from under a golf ball so that it rolls 20 cm in any direction after which the golf ball initiates the next action.

3.c.x. No more than 9 V is used to power a stationary fan that uses moving air to push a floating object. After moving ≥ 10 cm horizontally on water, the floating object initiates the next action

3.c.xi. A wedge is pushed between two golf balls that are touching so that one golf ball moves. After moving ≥ 20 cm in any direction, the golf ball(s) initiate the next action.

Students will set up their device and have it ready to run. A few sensitive items can be withheld and set up just before the run if necessary.

Students will text me at 505-480-6206 asking for a 4 digit code, giving me their school name, and an email where I can send a dropbox link. I will also be available at that number for questions.

I will text back a random 4 digit code and email the dropbox link.

Students will then make a second video showing the 4 digit code in large print on a piece of paper just before the run and then the device as it runs. This should be all one continuous shot with no breaks.

Both videos and the ASL (Sample ASL) should then be uploaded to my dropbox site within 10 minutes of the time that I texted them with the code. The videos should be as high a resolution as possible.



2021 Event Schedule:

B Division Event:

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C Division Event:

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Test Opens:

Disease Detectives 

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

Disease Detectives

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

9:00 AM

Reach for the Stars

As Stated in RulesNo Allowed

Astronomy

Binders AllowedAllowed

9:00 AM

Codebusters

NoNot Allowed

Fossils

Binders AllowedAllowed

9:00 AM

 



Sounds of Music

Binders AllowedAllowed

9:00 AM

Dynamic Planet

Binders AllowedAllowed

Dynamic Planet

Binders AllowedAllowed

10:00 AM

Game On

NoAllowed

Detector Building

Binders AllowedAllowed

10:00 AM

Machines

Binders AllowedAllowed

Experimental Design
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NoNot Allowed

10:00 AM

Anatomy and Physiology

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

Circuit Lab

Binders AllowedAllowed

11:00 AM

Experimental Design
*Instructions Listed

NoNot Allowed

Designer Genes

1 Page (Front/Back)Not Allowed

11:00 AM

Ornithology

Binders AllowedAllowed

Water Quality

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

11:00 AM

Crime Busters

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

Forensics

As Stated in RulesAllowed

12:00 PM

Density Lab

Binders AllowedAllowed

Cybersecurity


Allowed

12:00 PM

Meteorology

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

Protein Modeling


Allowed

12:00 PM

Food Science

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

Chem Lab

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

12:00 PM

Road Scholar

Binders AllowedAllowed

GeoLogic Mapping

Binders AllowedAllowed

1:00 PM

Water Quality

As Stated in RulesNot Allowed

Ornithology

Binders AllowedAllowed

1:00 PM

Write It CAD it

NoAllowed

Codebusters

NoNot Allowed

1:00 PM

Circuit Lab

Binders AllowedAllowed

Machines

Binders AllowedAllowed

2:00 PM

Fossils

Binders AllowedAllowed

Anatomy and Physiology

As Stated In RulesNot Allowed

2:00 PM

Heredity

1 page (Front/Back)Not Allowed

Write It CAD It

NoAllowed

2:00 PM

 



 



 

 



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