hgmsscienceolympiad wrote:What are some possible topics you all have come up with? While I realize that we cannot hope to make THE definitive list, it wouldn't hurt to at least share ideas of what we might see.
After combing through the Next Gen Science Standards for grades 6-9 and discussing their implications with two science teachers who teach multiple grades, this is what we have so far:
Chemistry (chemical traits, physical traits, etc.)
Physics (laws of physics are key parts of the NGSS)
Forces (falls within physics, yes, but doesn't hurt to be its own area)
Biodiversity (not otherwise included in other areas)
Geology (Earth Science per NGSS language)
Astronomy (Space Science per NGSS language)
As stated, I know we cannot hope to make THE list, and I am aware that many of these areas can be broken down into sub areas, so let's go: see how many possible lists we can think up.
These categories are very broad, and I know test makers LOVE to use subcategories instead. You might want to know your taxonomy, geologic time periods, optics, biological processes, specific rocks, minerals, animals and plants, plate tectonics and anything of the sort, periodic table of elements and definitely SCIENTISTS. For scientists though, it's the surname that counts for the letter, not the first name, but that doesn't allow you to disregard the first name entirely. Normally I see it that you need both parts to earn the points for it. There's many more subcategories I can think of, but from what I've seen when I did this event, those appear more often than others.