Pentathlon

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This event is a mix of physical and academic challenges. There will be 5 physical and academic challenges to try and complete as quickly as possible. Team members will compete as a relay. Event will occur in all but hazardous weather.

Examples of Challenges

Academic

  • Find the density of a solid
  • Rank minerals by hardness
  • Match specimens with phylum
  • Sort planets in size/location
  • Sort liquids by pH
  • List the most reactive element
  • Name the least reactive elements
  • Sort objects by density
  • Label a plant and animal cell
  • Order the planets by mass
  • Put waves in order by wavelength
  • Put identification classes in order (ex. Kingdom, Phylum...)
  • Match Scientists with discoveries
  • Putting items in timeline
  • Slide three magnets onto a metal rod, having none of them touch eachother (as in having the same polarity facing each other)
  • Arranging items in increasing mass
  • Identifying general parts of the body (Heart, lungs, brain, etc.)
  • Measuring out a certain amount of liquid

etc.

Physical

  • Bean bag throw
  • Basket-ball dribbling
  • Balance games
  • Golf ball carried in a spoon over a distance
  • Jumping rope
  • Running with a ball between legs
  • Sack racing
  • Pogo stick hopping
  • Basket-ball shooting
  • Soccer shooting
  • Hula hooping
  • Jumping jacks
  • Riding tricycle around cones
  • Pushing something with broom
  • Mini-golf
  • Spinning around in circles and ten walking in a straight line
  • Doing forward rolls while holding the baton
  • Hitting a target with a frisbee
  • Doing push-ups
  • Running/skipping a certain distance
  • Running in between cones

etc.

Team Challenges

Physical

  • Passing a ball back and forth and shooting
  • Getting Hula Hoop around human circle (holding hands)
  • Group Skis
  • Put together a puzzle
  • 5 legged race
  • Throwing a frisbee around in a circle
  • Relay race

Academic

  • Assigning 15 different plants to their respective quality - vegetable, fruit, flower

Day of the Event

You and your teammates do not want to be tired, stressed out, depressed, or not feeling the best that they could. Some/much of this event has running, so make sure your legs aren't weak. If you think that you're going to be tired later in the day and your timeslot is near the end, then try to take as many breaks as you can, eat healthy, and drink plenty of water. If you wear glasses or contacts, be sure to put them on prior to the event. Wear running shoes if you have them.

Resources

Some good resources would be a general science textbook and/or an online quiz. You also will want to know your partners' stengths and weaknesses so you can decide who does what in the obstacle course. Other ideas for academic events can be simple lab activities such as weighing an object, determining the pH of a solution, etc.

Links

General Quizzes

http://chemistry.about.com/od/testsquizzes/l/blsciencequiz3.htm?lastQuestion= New York Coaches Conference [1]