Hands-on, Minds-on activities:
Forensics: Given a scenario and possible suspects, teams will perform a series of tests. These tests, along with other evidence or test results will be used to solve a crime and name the perpetrator.
Fermi Questions: A “Fermi Question” is a science related question that seeks a fast, rough estimate of a quantity, which is either difficult or impossible to measure directly.
Elastic Launch Glider: The object of this event is to design, build and test two elastic-launched gliders designed for the highest time aloft. This event challenges students to build and test gliders that must be launched at floor level, ascend to a high point and then transition into a slow descending glide pattern.
Bottle Rockets: Prior to the tournament, teams design and construct up to two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.
Gravity Vehicle: Teams design, build, and test one vehicle and ramp that uses gravitational potential energy as the vehicle’s sole means of propulsion to reach a Target Point as quickly, as accurately, and as close to their predicted time as possible.
Mousetrap Vehicle: Teams design, build, and test one vehicle
using one or two mousetraps as its sole means of propulsion to travel a distance
as quickly and accurately as possible from a Start Point to a Target Point.