Science Olympiad

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The 2016 Division C events are listed below.  For extensive information and resources for each event, click on an event title.


Anatomy and Physiology – This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to skeletal, muscular and integumentary systems.

Cell Biology – This event integrates content knowledge and process skills in the areas of cell biology and cellular biochemistry.

Disease Detectives – 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 population growth.

Green Generation – Students will answer questions involving the history and consequences of human impact on our environment, solutions to reversing trends and sustainability concepts.

Invasive Species – This event will test student knowledge of invasive species in local and national ecosystems.


Astronomy – Teams will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of math and physics relating to stellar evolution and star and planet formation.

Dynamic Planet – Teams will use NGSS science and engineering practices to complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.

Fossils – Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by identifying fossils and answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

GeoLogic Mapping – Students will demonstrate understanding in the construction and use of topographic maps, geologic maps, cross sections and their use in forming interpretations regarding subsurface structures and geohazard risks.


Air Trajectory – Prior to the competition, teams will design, construct and calibrate a single device capable of launching projectiles into a target and collect data regarding device parameters and performance.

It’s About Time – Competitors may construct one non-electrical device to measure time intervals between 10 and 300 seconds and answer questions related to time.

Wind Power – 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.

Chemistry Lab – Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills related to kinetics, chemical reactions and stoichiometry.

Forensics – Students will identify polymers, solids, fibers, and other materials in a crime scenario.

Protein Modeling – Students will use computer visualization and online resources to construct physical models of proteins.


Bridge Building – Teams will design and build the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening meeting the requirements given.

Electric Vehicle – Teams must design, build and test one vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion to travel as quickly as possible and stop close to a Target Point.

Robot Arm – Prior to the competition, teams must design, build, document and test one robotic device to move scoreable items.

Wright Stuff – Prior to the competition teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.


Experimental Design – Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.

Game-On – This event will determine a team’s ability to design and build an original computer game incorporating the theme provided to them by the supervisor using the program Scratch.

Hydrogeology – Students will manipulate a groundwater computer model, answer questions about groundwater concepts, and evaluate solutions, based on hydrogeological evidence, to reduce anthropogenic effects on groundwater.

Write It, Do It – 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.

2016 Events Rules App – Google Play or iTunes Store

Science Olympiad Wiki page

Colorado Science Olympiad page

National Science Olympiad page

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