New this year: Battery Buggy, Herpetology, Mystery Architecture, Potions and Poisons, Roller Coaster, Solar System, Thermodynamics
2018 Division B Events (Middle School)
CollapseCategory: Earth & Space Science
 Dynamic Planet (Tectonics)AcademicMore...Students will demonstrate an understanding of the large-scale processes affecting the structure of Earth's crust.
 Meteorology (Climate)AcademicMore...Teams will use scientific process skills to demonstrate an understanding of factors that influence world climate and use of models to understand/estimate impacts of different changes.
 Road ScholarAcademicMore...Teams will answer interpretive questions that may use one or more state highway maps, USGS topographic maps, Internet-generated maps, a road atlas or satellite/aerial images.
 Rocks and MineralsAcademicMore...Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.
 Solar SystemAcademicMore...Students will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the geologic characteristics and evolution of the Earth's moon and other rocky bodies of the solar system.
CollapseCategory: Inquiry & Nature of Science
 Experimental DesignAcademicMore...This event will determine a team's ability to design, conduct, and report the findings of an experiment actually conducted on site.
 Fast FactsAcademicMore...Teams will provide scientific terms that begin with a given letter and match given science categories to fill in a grid.
 Mystery ArchitectureAcademicMore...At the beginning of the event, teams will be given a bag of building materials and instructions for designing and building a device that can be tested.
 Write It Do ItAcademicMore...One 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.
CollapseCategory: Life, Personal & Social Science
 Anatomy & Physiology AcademicMore...Understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems. This year topics are Respiratory, Digestive and Immune Systems.
 Disease DetectivesAcademicMore...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.
 EcologyAcademicMore...Students will answer questions involving content knowledge and process skills in the area of ecology and adaptations in featured North America biomes.
 HerpetologyAcademicMore...This event will test knowledge of amphibians, turtles, crocodilians & reptiles.
 Microbe MissionAcademicMore...Teams will answer questions, solve problems, and analyze data pertaining to microbes.
CollapseCategory: Physical Science & Chemistry
 Crime BustersAcademicMore...Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests that along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime.
 HovercraftAcademic/BuildMore...Participants will be tested on their knowledge of classic mechanics and related topics as well as their ability to construct a self-propelled air-levitated vehicle that moves down a track.
 OpticsAcademicMore...Teams participate in an ability involving positioning mirrors to direct a laser beam towards a target and are tested on their knowledge of geometric and physical optics.
 Potions and PoisonsAcademicMore...This event is about chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic chemical substances, with a focus on household and environmental toxins and poisons.
 ThermodynamicsAcademic/BuildMore...Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat and complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.
CollapseCategory: Technology & Engineering Design
 Battery BuggyBuildMore...Teams will construct a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion, quickly travels a specified distance, and stops as close as possible to the Finish Point.
 Roller Coaster BuildMore...Prior to the competition, teams design, build, and test a roller coaster track to guide a vehicle that uses gravitational potential energy as its sole means of propulsion to travel as close as possible to a target time, while minimizing the height of the vehicle with bonuses for gaps.
 TowersBuildMore...Prior to the competition, teams will design and build a Tower meeting requirements specified in these rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.
 Wright StuffBuildMore...Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.

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