Division C

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Division C Science Olympiad is for high school students, in 9th to 12th grade. Out of the fifteen students on the team, a maximum of seven members can be in 12th grade. All students on the team must be from the membership school.

For the Middle School competition, see Division B.

2016-2017 Events:

Anatomy & Physiology (Nervous, Endocrine, Sense Organs)

This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to nervous and endocrine systems and sense organs.

Astronomy (Stellar Evolution and Type Ia Supernovae)

Teams will demonstrate an understanding of stellar evolution and Type Ia supernova.

Chem Lab (Gas Laws and Thermodynamics)

Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills and answer questions related to thermodynamics and gas laws.

Disease Detectives (Food Borne Illness)

Students will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on Food Borne Illness.

Dynamic Planet (Tectonics)

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the large-scale processes affecting the structure of Earth's crust (Tectonics).


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

Electric Vehicle

Teams must design, build and test one vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion to travel as quickly as possible and stop close to a Target Point.

Experimental Design

Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.


Students will identify polymers, solids, fibers, and other materials in a crime scenario.

Game On

This event will determine a team's ability to design and build an original computer game incorporating the theme provided to them by the supervisor using the program Scratch.


Prior to the tournament teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered helicopters to achieve maximum time aloft.


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.


Students will manipulate a groundwater computer model, answer questions about groundwater concepts, and evaluate solutions, based on hydrogeological evidence, to reduce anthropogenic effects on groundwater.

Invasive Species

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

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.

Microbe Mission

Teams will answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to microbes.


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.

Remote Sensing

Participants will use remote sensing imagery, data and computational process skills to complete tasks related to climate change processes in the Earth system.

Robot Arm

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

Rocks and Minerals

Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.


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 CD which will be used to capture wind power. Students will also be tested on their knowledge relating to alternative energy.

Write It Do It

A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.