Trial Event

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A trial event is an event held at a competition that does not count towards overall team score. How many, if any, and which trial events are held is usually under the discretion of the organization hosting the competition. At most competitions which hold them, alternate team members (members additional to those competing in the official events) are eligible to compete in trial events.

Trial events provide an opportunity for testing the efficacy and gauging student interest of the events themselves without the risk of affecting team scores.

To find out if any trial events will be held at a competition, check the tournament's webpage or contact a tournament director.

List of Trial Events

This is not a comprehensive list. Both the list of events and the list of locations where an event was run may be incomplete.

Event Locations Run (as trial) and other notes Years Run (nationally)
Aerial Scramble 2018-2019 North Carolina State Tournaments, 2018-2019 Indiana State Tournament, 2019 Georgia State Tournament in Division B, 2019 Wisconsin State Tournament for Division B and Division C. N/A
Air Trajectory 2008 National Tournament (as Airjectory) for Division B, 2014 National Tournament (as Airjectory) for Division B and Division C. 2015-2016 (B/C)
Amazing Mechatronics 2018 North Carolina State Tournament, 2019 Wisconsin State Tournament, 2019 Virginia State Tournament for Division B and Division C. N/A
Awesome Aquifers 2004 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2011-2012 (B)
Bag of Bones 2012 Indiana State Tournament, 2017 Pennsylvania State Tournament for Division B and Division C. N/A
Balloon Launch Glider 2006 National Tournament for Division B. 2007-2009 (B)
Bottle Rocket 2007 National Tournament, 2009 National Tournament for Division B. 2011-2012, 2015-2017 (B)
Bridge Building 2014 National Tournament for Division B. 2015-2016 (B)
Circuit Lab 2005 National Tournament for Division C. 2010-2011, 2013-2014 (B), 2019 (C)
Code Analysis 2018 Virginia State Tournament, 2019 Wisconsin State Tournament for Division C. N/A
Code Busters 2016 North Carolina State Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2016 National Tournament for Division C, 2018 Texas State Tournament, 2018 National Tournament for Division C. 2019 (C)
Compute This 2002 National Tournament, 2004 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2009-2012 (C)
Density Lab/Buoy oh Buoy/Buoyancy 2018 Washington State Tournament, 2018 Texas State Tournament and 2018 National Tournament for Division B, 2018 Illinois State Tournament for Division C and Division B. 2019 (B)
Detector Building 2019 North Carolina State Tournament, 2019 National Tournament for Division C. N/A
Disease Detectives 2005 National Tournament for Division B. 2007-2019 (B/C)
Duct Tape Challenge 2018 New York State Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2019 Wisconsin State Tournament for Division B. N/A
Ecology 2005 National Tournament for Division C. 2009-2011, 2017-2018 (B/C)
Elastic Launched Glider 2012 National Tournament for Division C. 2013-2014 (C), 2015-2016, 2019 (B)
Electric Wright Stuff 2011 National Tournament (as Wright Stuff Capacitor) for Division B, 2017 National Tournament for Division C. N/A
Endangered, Extinct, and Exotic Animals 2013 New York State Tournament, 2015 National Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2013-2016 Texas State Tournaments for Division B. N/A
Entomology 2005 National Tournament (as Don't Bug Me) for Division B and Division C. 2014-2015 (B/C)
Environmental Chemistry 2019 National Tournament for Division C. 2009-2010 (B/C)
Fermi Questions 2002 National Tournament, 2003 National Tournament, 2004 National Tournament, 2014-2018 Texas State Tournaments for Division C. 2005-2008, 2012-2013, 2018-2019 (C)
Flying Bird 2008 National Tournament, for Division C, 2011 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. N/A
Food Science 2005 National Tournament, 2015 Texas State Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2011 Texas State Tournament for Division B, 2019 Wisconsin State Tournament for Division C. 2012-2013, 2016-2017 (B)
Game On 2014 National Tournament, 2015 Texas State Tournament, 2015 National Tournament for Division C. 2016-2018 (C), 2019 (B)
Geocaching 2007 National Tournament, 2008 National Tournament, 2015 National Tournament (as GPS) for Division B. N/A
Geologic Mapping 2012-2013 New York State Tournaments, 2013 National Tournament for Division C. 2014-2016 (C)
Get Your Bearing 2004 National Tournament for Division B. 2001 (B)
Green Generation 2013 National Tournament, 2014 New York State Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2015-2016 (B/C)
Helicopters 2010 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2011, 2013-2014 (B), 2012, 2017-2018 (C)
Hovercraft 2016 National Tournament for Division B. 2017-2018 (B/C)
Hydrogeology 2014 National Tournament, 2015 National Tournament for Division C. 2016-2017 (C)
Indoor Bottle Rocket 2017 Nebraska State Tournament, 2017 National Tournament for Division C, 2018 Texas State Tournament for Division B. This event is likely intended as a replacement or rules modification for Bottle Rocket. N/A
Interrogating the Brain 2018 Washington State Tournament for Division C. N/A
Invasive Species 2012 Wisconsin State Tournament (as Invasives) for Division C, 2013 National Tournament, 2014 New York State Tournament (as Invasives), 2015 Washington State Tournament for Division B, 2015 New York State Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2016-2017 (B/C)
Junkyard Challenge 2006 National Tournament and 2007 National Tournament for Division C, 2008 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2009 (C), 2010-2011 (B)
MagLev 2010 New York State Tournament (as Car of Tomorrow) for Division B, the 2011 New York State Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2011 National Tournament for Division B, 2012 New York State Tournament, 2012 National Tournament for Division C. 2013-2014 (C)
Materials Science 2011 National Tournament, 2017 Texas State Tournament for Division C. 2013-2014, 2017-2018 (C)
Mechathlon 2018 Texas State Tournament for Division C. N/A
Microbe Mission 2009 National Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2010 Indiana State Tournament for Division C. 2011-2012, 2017-2018 (B/C)
Model This 2010 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. N/A
Mousetrap Vehicle 2006 National Tournament (as Mousetrap Out & Back) for Division B, 2009 National Tournament (as Out and Back) for Division B and Division C. 2010-2011, 2018-2019 (C), 2012-2013 (B)
Mystery Architecture 2013 New York State Tournament, 2015 Texas State Tournament for Division B, 2016 National Tournament (as Mystery Design) for Division C. 2018-2019 (B)
Nuclear Science Lab 2011 Texas State Tournament for Division C. N/A
Optics 2010 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2011-2012, 2017-2018 (B/C)
Parasitology 2018 New York State Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2019 National Tournament for Division B. N/A
Pentathlon 2003 National Tournament and 2008 National Tournament for Division B. 2009-2010 (B)
Picture This 2018 Texas State Tournament and 2019 Wisconsin State Tournament for Division B. 2016 (B)
Ping Pong Parachute 2017 and 2018 North Carolina State Tournaments, 2019 Washington State Tournament for Division B and Division C. N/A
Polymer Detective 2002 National Tournament for Division B N/A
Potions and Poisons 2016 Washington State Tournament, 2016 National Tournament, 20162018 Texas State Tournament for Division B. 2018-2019 (B)
Protein Modeling 2008 National Tournament, 2009 National Tournament and 2010 National Tournament for Division C. 2010-2012, 2015-2016, 2019 (C)
Quantum Quandries 2006 National Tournament for Division C. N/A
Radio Lab/WiFi Lab 2017 Ohio State Tournament, 2017 Boyceville Invitational, 2018 Texas State Tournament, 2018 Illinois State Tournament, 2018 National Tournament, 2019 Washington State Tournament for Division C. N/A
Remote Sensing 2001 National Tournament (as From A Distance) for Division B and Division C, 2016 National Tournament for Division C. 2006-2013, 2017-2018 (C)
Robo-Billiards 2002 National Tournament for Division B. 2003-2005 (B)
Robot Arm 2011 National Tournament for Division C. 2012-2013, 2016-2017 (C)
Robot Maze 2002 National Tournament for Division B. N/A
Robot Ramble 2001 National Tournament for Division C. 2002-2008 (C)
Roller Coaster 2015 National Tournament, 2017 National Tournament for Division B, 2016-2018 Texas State Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2018-2019 (B)
Rotor Egg Drop 2012 New York State Tournament, 2012 National Tournament (as Helicopter Egg Drop), 2017 National Tournament for Division B. 2013-2014 (B)
Science Bowl 2015 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. 1995 (B/C)
Science of Cancer Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Tournament for Division B and Division C. N/A
Science Quiz Bowl 2018 New York State Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2019 National Tournament for Division B. N/A
Science Word 2013 Texas and Colorado State Tournaments, 2018 Texas State Tournament for Division C. 2008
Solar Power 2018 National Tournament for Division B. N/A
Sounds of Music 2001 National Tournament, 2002 National Tournament, 2003 National Tournament for Division B. 2011-2012, 2019 (C), 2013-2014 (B),
Source Code 2016-2019 Michigan State Tournaments, 2018 Texas State Tournament for Division B and Division C. N/A
Storm the Castle 2002 National Tournament, 2003 National Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2013-2014 Texas State Tournament for Division C. 2004-2006 (B/C), 2007, 2011-2012 (B)
Sumo Bots 2007 National Tournament for Division B and Division C, 2010 National Tournament for Division B, 2015 National Tournament for Division C. N/A
Texas Wildflowers 2010-2017 Texas State Tournaments for Division B. N/A
Thermodynamics 2017 Illinois State Tournament for Division C . 2017-2019 (B/C)
Tree of Life 2019 Lebanon Practice Tournament for Division B N/A
Water Strider 2002 National Tournament for Division B. 2000 (B)
We've Got Your Number 2012-2018 Texas State Tournaments, 2017 Pennsylvania State Tournament for both Division B and Division C. N/A
Wholey Moley 2002 National Tournament for Division C. N/A
Wind Power 2008 National Tournament for Division B and Division C. 2009-2011, 2016-2017 (B)

For a more comprehensive listing of trial events, see soinc.org's trial event page.

Removal of Official Events

If inconsistencies in how an official event was run are brought to the attention of tournament officials, the decision to exclude the event from overall scoring may be made. In such a case, it is often said that the event "was made a trial event." Medals and ribbons may still be awarded to the winners of the event, although how medals are awarded may vary from the other official events (in one unusual example, now jokingly referred to as The Lance Crimm Award, medals were awarded to every single team at the tournament).