Division B

Science Olympiad Grades 6-9 Events for 2020
Each event is done by a team of up to 2 students unless noted. Full event descriptions and rules can be downloaded free from 
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Anatomy & Physiology

Do you have skin in the game? Show your knowledge of the integumentary, Skeletal, and Muscular systems.


Design, construct ahead, and test a lightweight cantilever beam to support 15 kg.

Circuit Lab

Are you in resistance? Design and construct simple circuits for a designated task; answer written questions on electricity and magnetism.

Crime Busters

CSI Connecticut! Analyze evidence from a crime scene and identify the guilty person.

Density Lab

Don't be dense! Solve lab problems and answer questions about mass, density, number density, area density, concentration, pressure, and buoyancy.

Disease Detectives

Are you feeling well? Solve problems in disease, injury, or disability in human populations.

Dynamic Planet 

Dive deep to solve problems in physical and geological oceanography.

Elastic Launch Glider

Let your mind take flight! Design, construct ahead, and test elastic-launched gliders to achieve the longest flight time.

Experimental Design  (up to 3 students)

Given a kit of materials at the tournament, you must design, conduct, and report on an experiment on-site.

Food Science

Solve problems in food chemistry, focusing on fermentation and pickling. Design, build ahead, and test a salinameter to measure salt concentrations.


Demonstrate your knowledge of ancient life by completing tasks related to fossil identification, classification, adaptations, and ecosystems. Use fossils to date and correlate rock units.

Game On

Using the program Scratch, design and build on site a computer game incorporating a game type and scientific theme assigned on the spot.


Analyze data and solve problems using your knowledge of classical and molecular genetics.


Design, build ahead, calibrate, and test a lever-based simple machine to determine the ratio between two masses.


Can you really change a hurricane with a Sharpie? Show your knowledge of severe weather by using your process skills to interpret meteorological data, graphs, charts, and images.

Mission Possible

Design, build ahead, calibrate, and test a Rube Goldberg device that will use a series of steps to place a golf ball on a tee.

Mousetrap Vehicle

Design, construct ahead, and test a vehicle powered by a single mousetrap that will reach a target as quickly and accurately as possible.


Will you be able to crow about having the best knowledge of bird identification, anatomy, physiology and ecology?

Ping Pong Parachute

Design, build ahead, calibrate, and test two air-powered bottle rockets, to be launched indoors, that will deploy a ping pong ball with an attached parachute for maximum time aloft.

Reach for the Stars

Demonstrate your understanding of stellar properties, evolution, an observation using various part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Road Scholar 

Help imaginary story characters solve problems by using road maps, topographic maps, and satellite imagery.

Water Quality

Design, construct ahead, and test a salinometer. Identify aquatic invertebrates and answer questions on marine and estuary aquatic environments.

Write It, Do It (2 students required)

Don't have a failure to communicate! One student sees and describes a device; another uses that description to build the device from a parts bag.

Please note: For any event requiring students to build a device ahead of time- The students themselves must construct all devices. Coaches or parents can help with safety issue like running table saws, etc. Students must be able to demonstrate to judges that they have done the design and construction of a project. During competition, students are not allowed any outside help from parents, coaches, or spectators. If an event has both a constructions portion and a written test, students must try both parts to be fully participating. See also http://www.ctscienceolympiad.org/