Tennessee State University
Division C (High School) Events

2013 Events List:

Anatomy and physiology - Understand the anatomy and physiology of the nervous, excretory and digestive system.

Astronomy - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of mathematics and physics relating to stellar evolution and Type II Supernovas.

Boomilever - The objective of this event is to design and build the most efficient Boomilever meeting the requirements specified in the rules. A Boomilever is a cantilevered wood and glue structure, mounted to a vertical Testing Wall, carrying a load at a distance from the Wall. The Boomilever that bears the greatest weight wins.

Chemistry lab - Teams will complete one or more tasks and answer a series of questions involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the areas of periodicity and equilibrium.

Circuit lab - Students will compete in activities involving knowledge of direct current (DC) electrical circuits.

Experimental design - This event will determine a team's ability to design, conduct, and report the findings of an experiment actually conducted on site.

Fermi questions - A "Fermi Question" is a science related question that seeks a fast, rough estimate 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 power(s) of ten.

Gravity vehicle - Teams design, build, and test one vehicle and ramp that uses gravitational potential energy as the vehicle's sole means of propulsion to reach a Target Point as quickly, as accurately, and as close to their predicted time as possible.

Materials science - Teams will answer a series of questions or complete tasks involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the areas of Materials Science.

Remote sensing - Participants will use remote sensing imagery, science and mathematical process skills to complete tasks related to an understanding of the Earth's Hydrosphere.

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

Technical problem solving - Teams will gather and process data to solve problems.

Thermodynamics - Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat. Students must also complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.

Water quality - The event will focus on evaluating aquatic environments.

Write it/Do it - 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.

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