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2019 Event Descriptions

(Most events change each year. Event Descriptions may be revised at any time.)


Please read the descriptions and rules carefully. Judge's decisions are final.
 

 

  SENIOR EVENTS
Chemistry

 Each team will need to separate into two groups to complete this challenge. Each group will be determining unknowns using qualitative, and quantitative techniques. A periodic table will be provided.

Advance preparation

i) Decide on your group separation.

ii) Qualitative Experiment: Students should be familiar with fundamental chemical reactions (for example: precipitation, neutralization, single replacement, etc...) and be able to make careful observations to identify several unknown solutions. One strip of litmus paper will also be provided to aid in identification.

iii) Quantitative Experiment: Students will create a Beer's Law plot to determine an unknown concentration.​

Biology

TBA
 
advanced preparation:

Senior Jeopardy

Students will compete in a Science version of the popular game. Note there will be one buzzer per team. 

advanced preparation: review grade 11/12 Science (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics) curriculum. Calculators, PDAs, and other electronic devices are not allowed. Notes - electronic, written, or otherwise - are not allowed. Pens and blank paper will be provided.

Design

Teams will design, build, and bring to the competition, a car to be powered by two AA batteries.  The car must carry three (3) standard 355 mL cans of Coca Cola along a level 1.5 m wide course, to a finish line 10 m from the start line. Cars will compete side-by-side, two at a time, in knock-out style competition for the right to advance. For more details consult attachment.

attachmentPDF icon electric car.pdf

PHYSICS

TBA.

Advanced Preparation

 
Junior Events
Geology

Students will be given a simple cross section and answer questions regarding the geology and geologic history of a major city in the United States.

advanced preparation

i)   Students should briefly review typical rock types (IG, SED, META), and be able to identify common rock types in hand samples. 
 
ii)  Students should review principles of relative dating to order rocks and geologic events in chronological order. Important principles include (but are not limited to): principle of superposition and principle of cross-cutting relations.
 
iii) Students should review principles of radiometric dating to correctly determine the age of a rock given the ratio of parent remaining and the half-life of the radioactive substance. Students may use a (nonprogrammable) calculator. No equations are needed.

Physics

Students will work in teams. A physical situation will be presented. Students will predict the outcome by submitting the group’s answer (multiple choice). KPU event moderators will then demonstrate the outcome.  One thousand points is given to each team who voted for the correct outcome. Points are tallied and displayed after each question on a leaderboard. After the final question, final scores are displayed and scored according the team’s placement relative to the other teams.

Design

Student will build a ‘sailboat’ that uses the power of a crosswind to race down an artificial pond in the least time possible. See the attachment for more details.

advanced preparation: Design and build according to the detailed rules below

Attachment: PDF icon sailboat attchment.pdf

MATH

Students will calculate areas and volumes of shapes. They will draw equilateral triangles using a ruler and compass. They will visualize how rotation of 2D figures in space can create 3D objects. 

Advanced preparation: Students should review drawing equilateral triangles, and basic formulas for area and volumes. Formula sheets will be provided for the event. Each group should bring at least one scientific calculator (cannot be a programmable or graphing model).

JEOPARDY

Students will compete in a Science version of the popular game. Note there will be one buzzer per team.

advanced preparation: review grade 8, 9, 10 Science (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics) curriculum. Calculators, PDAs, and other electronic devices are not allowed. Notes - electronic, written, or otherwise - are not allowed. Pens and blank paper will be provided.