Events and Rules Sheets



Philosophy: Events are designed to challenge students that meet and exceed the Sunshine State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Unlike teaching in the classroom, where teachers strive for profiency in the content, in a Science Olympiad Tournament the content in lab and research activities are designed to rank students across a bell curve. In a classroom, it is normal to have many students earn a 100% (or a 0% for that matter!) but a group of students who successfully achieve 100% at one of our competitions make it impossible for us to rank from 1st to Last Place. More importantly, we want students to compete in these events in an authentic way that engages them in deep learning of content.


Parents are an important part of this process and their involvement in helping students learn the events is critical. Yet, there is a limit to what parents should do and what students should be doing. We encourage parents to help but not do!


Official 2017 Events:  Teams will receive the rules manual after registering.


  • Bridge Building: This event tests students’ ability to build a lengthy, strong, stable, and reproducible bridge from common materials.  This is a PRE-BUILT EVENT.
  • Egg Drop:The objective is to have a two-person team construct and bring to the competition a package to protect an egg from breaking after being dropped in a free fall from a high spot selected by the tournament director. This is a PRE-BUILT EVENT. 
  • Energy Lab:The objective is to build a reflecting device that most efficiently uses and focuses the energy supplied to a light bulb.  This is a PRE-BUILT EVENT.
  • Food Science: This event will include hands-on activities, questions, and calculations as related to food science topics.
  • A Matter of Matter: Teams will be asked questions or will conduct experiments at stations as they relate to the properties of matter.
  • Mystery Packaging: At the beginning of the event, teams will be given a bag of building materials and instructions for designing and building a package that will protect a given material from a drop. This is an ON SITE BUILD EVENT.  Teams will be required to build during the building construction period as shown on the published schedule prior to the start of all events.  Teams will test their devices later in the day.
  • Mystery Powders: A team of two contestants will be asked to identify a mixture of common white household powders. Safety precautions MUST be used.  These include wearing safety goggles, washing hands and not taste-testing.
  • Plentiful Plants: This event will consist of a written test in which the contestants will view models, slides, pictures, or specimens of various plants. Structure, function, and habitat may be test.
  • Picture This - Alternative Energy: The objective is to have a team member draw a representation of a particular alternative energy terms or concept for team members who must guess the term while watching it being drawn.
  • Rock Hound: Students will prepare charts and drawings to assist in identifying various rocks and minerals and describing their characteristics.
  • Starry, Starry Night:  Teams will answer general questions about astronomy based on a set of given topics.
  • Water Rockets: Prior to the competition, teams will build a rocket propelled by air pressure and water out of a 2-liter plastic soda bottle. The rocket that stays in the air for the longest time will win. This is a PRE-BUILT EVENT.
  • Who Wants to be a Biologist?  Teams will compete in three game show style events that will focus on various aspects of biology and life science.