- Main article: Division D
Division D Science Olympiad is a recently announced college competition for students in their first four years of college. Since it is in its beginning stages, only 10 events will be held in 2012-2013. It was announced on April 1, 2012, with a promise of more details to come. A short time later, the ten events were revealed.
Later on April 1, it was revealed that at least for the 2012-2013 season, there would only be a national tournament, held at a separate venue from B & C nationals, as it was still uncertain how successful the new division would be.
Teams must answer questions relating to advanced astrophysics, including stellar dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, quantum electrodynamics, and applications of relativity. Teams must also perform an experiment and form a hypothesis about the existence of the Higgs Boson and explain its role, or lack thereof, in the formation of the universe based on their data.
Teams must build a bridge to cross a river or gap of a certain length that is of use to the general public. Teams must write a report detailing their efforts, take pictures of their work and construction, and compile a log of activity on the bridge after opening. Event supervisors are encouraged to visit the winning bridges afterward to ensure fairness. Bridge efficiency, difficulty of design, and aesthetic effects will be used for scoring purposes.
Teams must build a rocket that can be launched on a standard launching pad that can go into orbit around the Earth. Rockets will be scored based on how high their orbit is.
Earth Science Prediction
Teams must make predictions on a variety of earth science topics, such as weather, earthquakes, and volcano eruptions. Teams will be graded on the accuracy of their predictions.
Earth Science Prediction consists of one part only - a series of predictions made by the teams as stated above. To add an extra layer of challenge, competitors will not be allowed to bring any materials. Instead, they will use an assortment of trinkets provided by the ES to complete this task. These items will not be equally distributed, instead, they will be fought over à la Hunger Games. Items may include pearls, apatite, wood chips, plastic straws, beetles, bottles, Invasive Species pamphlets, eggs, teddy bears, etc. The number of pencils given will be one less than the amount of teams in the room.
The amount of items will vary. However, as stated, the amount of pencils will always be one less than the amount of teams, meaning that one team will need to find an alternative method of writing down their predictions to turn in. The items will also vary in useful-ness. For example, Apatite will be much more useful than, say, a weather map, because of its properties. It has the ability to clear the psyche and bring physical awareness. It is recommended that one situate themselves near the center of the room so they can access the resources most easily. Competitors should be prepared for biting, hair-pulling, scratching, and general pandemonium.
The predictions will be made with the help of the items you managed to get. Examples of predictions include "Mt. St. Helens will erupt on the 21st of March", or "An earthquake happens in California within 33 hours". Competitors will be given bonus points for poetic predictions such as "Water shall be seen to rise as the ground is seen to fall underneath".
Teams must build a vehicle capable of running on different sorts of renewable fuels. At the competition site, the fuel to be used will be revealed, and one team member must steer it through an obstacle course. Time to complete the obstacle course and workmanship will be used as scoring.
Teams must conduct an analysis on an actual crime scene, as well as be able to identify all possible powder and polymers. They will then each take turns presenting their cases to a committee that will decide who to prosecute.
Teams must build a helicopter before the competition that one team member must ride in an complete a series of tasks, including, but not limited to, flying through a series of hoops, achieving a certain altitude, and saving a person from a flooded building.
Teams must answer questions on the analytic and algebraic topology of locally-Euclidian metricizations of infinitely-differentiable Riemannian manifolds.
Teams must build a robot capable of accomplishing a task that will be revealed at the event site. Teams should prepare for a wide variety of potential tasks.
Say It Do It
One team member will be placed in a pretend life-threatening situation, and the other must give them verbal instructions, and verbal only, of how to escape from the scenario.
Teams must conduct a lab relating to chemistry, physics, biology, or any other branch of science. Combinations of these fields are recommended.