• Anatomy & Physiology
    (Nervous System, Sense Organs, Endocrine System)
  • Disease Detectives (Food Borne Illness)
  • Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Microbe Mission
  • Dynamic Planet
  • Meteorology (Severe Storms)
  • Reach for the Stars
  • Road Scholar
  • Rocks & Minerals

  • Hovercraft
  • Optics
  • Wind Power


  • Crime Busters
  • Food Science (Chemistry of  Food)
  • Mission Possible
  • Scrambler
  • Towers
  • Wright Stuff
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Experimental Design
  • Fast Facts
  • Write It Do It

New Events for 2016-17: Ecology, Fast Facts, Hovercraft, Microbe Mission, Optics, Rocks & Minerals, Towers, Wright Stuff.

  • Anatomy & Physiology (B/C) – This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to nervous and endocrine systems and sense organs.
  • Bottle Rocket (B) – Prior to the tournament, teams construct up to two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time while carrying a raw Grade A large chicken egg that survives impact.
  • Crime Busters (B) – Teams will identify the perpetrators of a crime or crimes by using paper chromatography and analysis of unknown solids, liquids, and plastics found at the scene of a crime.
  • Disease Detectives (B/C) – Students will use 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.
  • Dynamic Planet (B/C) – Students will demonstrate an understanding of the large-scale processes affecting the structure of Earth’s crust (Tectonics).
  • Ecology (B/C) – Students will answer questions involving content knowledge and process skills in the area of ecology and adaptations in featured North American biomes.
  • Experimental Design (B/C) – Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
  • Fast Facts (B) – Teams will fill in a grid of terms that begin with a given letter to match given science categories.
  • Food Science (B) – Students will answer questions about the chemistry of food and food grains and build a simple calorimeter to determine the energy content of a solid foodstuff.
  • Hovercraft (B/C) – Competitors may construct a self-propelled air-levitated vehicle with up to two battery-powered motors that turn one propeller each to levitate and move the vehicle down a track. Competitors must also be tested on their knowledge of classic mechanics and related topics.
  • Invasive Species (B/C) – This event will test student knowledge of invasive species in local and national ecosystems.
  • Meteorology (B) – This event is about the meteorological topic Severe Storms.
  • Microbe Mission (B/C) – Teams will answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to microbes.
  • Mission Possible (B) – Prior to the competition, participants will design, build, test and document a Rube Goldberg-like device that completes a required Final Task through an optional series of simple machines.
  • Optics (B/C) – Teams must participate in an activity involving positioning mirrors to direct a laser beam towards a target. Teams must also be tested on their knowledge of geometric and physical optics.
  • Reach for the Stars (B) – Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties and evolution of stars especially star forming regions and supernova remnants and their observation with different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Road Scholar (B) – 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 Minerals (B/C) – Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.
  • Scrambler (B) – 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.
  • Towers (B/C) – Prior to the competition, teams will design and build a Tower meeting requirements specified in the rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.
  • Wind Power (B/C) – Teams will build a blade assembly that consists of any kind of propeller/pinwheel/rotor attached to a CD which will be used to capture wind power. Students will also be tested on their knowledge relating to alternative energy.
  • Wright Stuff (B) – Prior to the competition teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.
  • Write It/Do It (B/C) – A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.

Event description is from National SO website https://www.soinc.org/short_event_descriptions