Tennessee State University
Division B (Middle School) Events

2015 Events List

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.

Anatomy and Physiology: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, integumentary, and immune systems.

Bio-Process Lab: This event is a lab-oriented competition involving the fundamental science processes of a middle school life science/biology lab program.

Bottle Rocket: Prior to the tournament, teams are to construct two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.

Bridge Building: The objectives of this event are for the team to design and build the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening meeting the requirement specifications.

Can’t Judge a Powder: Students will test and characterize one pure substance and then, based only on data they collect, answer a series of questions about that substance.

Crave the Wave: Competitors must demonstrate knowledge and process skills needed to solve problems and answer questions regarding all types of waves and wave motion.

Crime Busters: Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests. The test results along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime.

Disease Detectives: 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 Population growth.

Dynamic Planet: Teams will complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.

Elastic Launched Glider: Prior to the tournament, teams are to design, construct, and test elastic-launched gliders to achieve a maximum time aloft.

Entomology: Students will be asked to identify insects and selected immature insects by order and family, answer questions about insects, and use or construct a dichotomous key.

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

Fossils: Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations. Emphasis will be on fossil identification and ability to answer questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

Green Generation: Students will demonstrate an understanding of general ecological principles, the history and consequences of human impact on our environment, solutions to reversing trends and sustainability concepts.

Meteorology: Teams will use science process skills to demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of the earth systems and anthropogenic factors that influence the climate.

Picture This: The objective is to have team members take turns drawing representations of a set of scientific terms/concepts (not scientists) while the other team member(s) guesses the term being drawn.

Road Scholar: 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.

Robo-Cross: Teams design and build a robot capable of performing certain tasks on a prescribed Field.

Simple Machines: Student will perform activities and answer questions related to simple machines.

Solar Systems: Students will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the properties and evolution of extraterrestrial ice and water in the solar system.

Wheeled Vehicle: Competitors must design, build, and test one vehicle that uses a non-metallic, elastic, material as its sole means of propulsion to travel a specific distance and around an obstacle as quickly as possible and stop as close as possible to a finish point.

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 the description.




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