Tennessee State University
Division B (Middle School) Events

2016 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.

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.

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

Food Science: Teams will study the science behind milk products and experiment with ingredients and other variables to produce and analyze results to produce the best dairy products below.

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.

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

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

Mission Possible: Prior to the competition, competitors will design, build, test, and document a Rube Goldberg®-like device that completes a required task through an optional series of simple machines.

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.

Reach for the Stars: 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: Radio, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Ray and Gamma Ray.

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.

Scrambler: Prior to the competition, competitors must design, build, and test one 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.

Wind Power: Teams will build a blade assembly that consists of any kind of propeller/pinwheel/rotor attached to a compact disc (CD), which will be used to capture wind power. Students will also be tested on their knowledge regarding alternative energy.

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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