Tennessee State University
Division B (Middle School) Events

2017 Events List

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

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

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.

Ecology: Students will answer questions involving content knowledge and process skills in the area of ecology and adaptations in featured North American biomes.

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

Fast Facts: Teams will fill in a grid of terms that begin with a given letter to match given science categories.

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.

Hovercraft: Competitors may construct a self-propelled air-levitated vehicle with up to two battery-powered motors that turn one propeller each to levitate and move the vehicle down a track. Competitors must also be tested on their knowledge of classic mechanics and related topics.

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.

Microbe Mission: Teams will answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to microbes

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.

Optics: Teams must participate in an activity involving positioning mirrors to direct a laser beam towards a target. Teams must also be tested on their knowledge of geometric and physical optics.

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.

Rocks and Minerals:

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.

Towers: Prior to the competition, teams will design and build a Tower meeting requirements specified in the rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency

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.

Wright Stuff: Prior to tournament teams design, construct, and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve a maximum time aloft.

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