Science Olympiad Event Descriptions
A – Grade 3 and 4 B – Grade 5 and 6 Sp – Split A & B with 2 sets of medals awarded
B - A is for Anatomy – Each team of 2 (or 1) will view models or slides or pictures of organs
and tissues from the human body. Students will identify and explain the function of each.
A – Aerodynamics – Each team of 2 will build one paper airplane to be flown a distance of at
least 5 meters toward a target. Planes must be folded in aerodynamic design. Crumpled wads
of paper do not count.
A – Animal, Vegetable or Mineral – Each participant will classify objects in the correct
category of animal, vegetable (plant) or mineral.
A – Barge Building – Students will construct a barge using aluminum foil that can support a
cargo of the largest number of pennies without getting them wet.
B – Bridge Building – This event tests a student’s ability to build a lengthy, strong, stable and
reproducible suspension bridge form common materials.
Sp-Calculator Contest – An individual event for students to demonstrate their knowledge of
problem solving using a hand-held, nonprogrammable calculator.
B – Circuit Wizardry – Tests students’ knowledge of simple direct current electric circuits (low
voltage batteries, not wall socket current). Participants should know the difference between
series and parallel circuits.
Sp – Crossword Science – Tests the students’ knowledge of scientific terminology in a
crossword puzzle format.
A and B – Egg Drop – A two person team will construct a package to protect an egg (from
breaking) when dropped free fall from a determined height.
A – Grab-A-Gram – Teams of two students cooperate to pick up given materials in an amount
not to exceed 50 grams. There will be at least two rounds of competition using different
substances each round.
B – Gunk – The student will make “gunk” to the characteristics announced at the Olympiad
(bounce or elasticity).
Sp – Leaf & Tree Finder – Individual participants will be asked to identify various trees by using
an identification key and leaf and tree part samples.
A – Magnets – Students will identify what objects a magnet will attract and identify materials
through which a magnet can attract.
B – Map Reading – Contestants will be given two-part questions that can be answered by using
various kinds of maps.
A – Mystery Boxes – Students will be asked to identify the contents of various boxes using all
their senses other than sight.
Sp – Name the Scientist – Students will identify prominent scientists and their contributions to
B – Paddle Boat Construction – Design, build and bring to competition a paddle boat whose
main propulsion is produced by two #64 rubber bands (3.5” x .25”).
B – Paper Rockets – Each team will build and fly a paper rocket.
Sp – Pentathlon – Physical skills are interspersed with science questions in an obstacle course
that will be run in a relay race style. Teams should be balanced with 2 boys and 2 girls
Sp – Rock Hound – Contestants will prepare charts and identify various rocks and minerals
and describe their characteristics.
A and B – Save our Earth – Students will identify major problems that threaten to harm our
environment, such as acid rain; depletion of the ozone layer; greenhouse effect; air, water and
soil pollution; extinction of species and accumulation of solid waste. Laboratory tests and/or
identification of models will be given.
B – Science Clue – A team’s knowledge of science-related items, concepts and history will be
tested by means of a set of 4 clues which become more specific. Team members should give
correct answer on the earliest clue possible. No notes/calculators permitted.
A – Solids, Liquids and Gases – Students will classify into one of these categories and
understand the differences in regard to number and motion of molecules.
A and B – Starry, Starry Night – Students will view slides and identify celestial
objects/constellations and complete written questions about astronomical facts and concepts.
The planetarium will be used for this event.
A – Structures – This event is to test a student’s ability to build strong, stable, reproducible
structures from common materials.
A and B – Tennis Ball Catapult – Students will build and calibrate their own free-standing (not
hand held) trajectory device that must be capable of “lobbing” a tennis ball at a target.
A and B - Michigan Wildlife: What Went By? Students will identify and provide information
about 20-30 different items representing evidence that some thing left behind. (An example:
participants may be asked to identify an animal track and the direction it was going.)
B – Write It – Do It – This event tests competitor’s ability to clearly communicate in writing and
follow written directions.