Division B

Science Olympiad Grades 6-9 Events for 2018
Each event is done by a team of up to 2 students unless noted

Anatomy & Physiology

Show your knowledge of the respiratory, digestive, and immune systems.

Battery Buggy

Design and construct a vehicle propelled by electrical energy that can quickly travel a specified distance and stops at a finish point.

Crime Busters

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

Disease Detectives

Investigate and solve disease and disability problems related to food borne illness.

Dynamic Planet 

Fill your plate with problems involving tectonics. Get the drift?


Solve problems involving North American biomes, emphasizing local areas, grasslands, and deserts.

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.

Fast Facts

A fast word game based on science vocabulary.


Slither your way through identification and questions on amphibians and reptiles.


Design and construct a battery powered hovercraft to move down a track; answer written problems on classical mechanics.


Use science process skills and model use to solve problems of world climate.

Microbe Mission

Analyze data, solve problems, and answer questions on microbes.

Mystery Architecture

Given a bag of materials, you must build and stress on-site a bridge, tower, or cantilever.


Given a Laser Shoot Setup, adjust a series of mirrors so that a laser will hit a target. Answer questions on geometric optics.

Portions and Poisons

Demonstrate our knowledge of toxic and therapeutic chemical substances, with a focus on household and environmental toxins and poisons.

Road Scholar 

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

Rocks and Minerals

Find out if you really do have rocks in your head! Identify specimens and answer questions about rock and minerals.

Roller Coaster

Design and construct a roller coaster track to guide a gravity-powered vehicle to its destination in a specified time.

Solar System

Show your knowledge of geologic characteristics and evolution of the Earth's moon and other rocky bodies of the solar system.


Some like it hot! Design and construct an insulated device to keep a glass of hot water hot. Answer written questions on thermodynamic concepts.


Design, construct, and test a lightweight vertical tower to support 15 kg.

Wright Stuff

Design, construct, and document up to two rubber powered propeller airplanes for maximum indoor flight time.

Write It, Do It (2 students required)

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.