New this year: Fermi Questions, Herpetology, Mission Possible, Mousetrap Vehicle, Thermodynamics
2018 Division C Events (High School)
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CollapseCategory: Earth & Space Science
 AstronomyAcademicMore...Teams will demonstrate an understanding of stellar evolution and Type II Supernova Events.
 Dynamic Planet (Tectonics)AcademicMore...Students will demonstrate an understanding of the large-scale processes affecting the structure of Earth's crust.
 Remote SensingAcademicMore...Participants will use remote sensing imagery, data, and computational process skills to complete tasks related to climate change processes in the the Earth system.
 Rocks and MineralsAcademicMore...Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.
CollapseCategory: Inquiry & Nature of Science
 Experimental DesignAcademicMore...This event will determine a team's ability to design, conduct, and report the findings of an experimental actually conducted on site.
 Fermi QuestionsAcademic Teams provide answers to a series of "Fermi Questions"; science related questions that seek fast, rough estimates of a quantity, which is either difficult or impossible to measure directly. For example, the question "How many drops of water are there in Lake Erie?" requires an estimate of the volume of a drop, the volume of Lake Erie from its approximate dimensions and conversion of units to yield an answer. The answers should be an estimate within an order of magnitude recorded in powers of ten.
 Game OnAcademicMore...This event will determine a team's ability to design and build an original computer game incorporating the theme and Game type provided to them by the supervisor using the program Scratch.
 Write It Do ItAcademicMore...On 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 & PhysiologyAcademicMore...Understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems. This year topics are Respiratory, Digestive and Immune Systems.
 Disease Detectives AcademicMore...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 American 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
 Chemistry LabAcademicMore...Teams will complete one or more tasks and answer a series of questions involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the areas of Physical Properties and thermodynamics.
 ForensicsAcademicMore...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.
 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.
 Materials Science (Polymers)AcademicMore...Teams will complete lab activities and answer a series of questions related to the materials science of polymers and plastics with an emphasis on chemical structure, reactivity and behavior.
 OpticsAcademicMore...Teams participate in an activity involving positioning mirrors to direct a laser beam towards a target and are tested on their knowledge of geometric and physical optics.
 ThermodynamicsAcademicMore...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
 HelicoptersBuildMore...Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test free flight rubber-powered helicopters to achieve maximum time aloft.
 Mission Possible BuildMore...Prior to the competition, competitors will design, build, test, and document a Rube Goldberg(R)-like device that completes a required task through an optional series of simple machines.
 Mousetrap VehicleBuildMore...Teams must design, build, and test a vehicle using one or two snap mousetraps as its sole means of propulsion to quickly push a plastic cup forward a Cup Target Point, reverse direction, and come to a stop at the Vehicle Target Point, a specified distance behind the Start Point.
 TowersBuildMore...Prior to the competition, teams will design and build a Tower meeting requirements specified in these rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.

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