NDSU
North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.
ND Science Olympiad
2020 Event Volunteer List
2020 ND Science Olympiad Event List
The ND State Science Olympiad will be at NDSU on 04/18/2020.

We need people to be Lead Facilitators for individual events. Lead Facilitators use the official rules provided and design/organize the event with the assistance of the event’s other co-facilitator volunteers. If the event calls for it, you will need to create a test based on the event description and/or gather supplies that you will need to complete the event (we have a lot of supplies already and can purchase what you need. Within limits).

A co-facilitator is someone who assists the day of the event. This could be grading tests, running stopwatches, measuring/weighing/qualifying objects or anything else. The lead facilitator may ask you to assist in making the test.

Notes:
Life, Personal & Social Science Division Facilitator(s) Location Time
Anatomy and Physiology
Participants will be assessed on their understanding of the anatomy and physiology for the human Skeletal, Muscular and Integumentary systems.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
(A.G. Hill 206) 8:45 - 2:00
Designer Genes
Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics, molecular genetics and biotechnology.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
Disease Detectives
Participants will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C Lead: Reserved
CIE 207 8:45 - 2:00
Heredity
Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
H: (Oliver)
Ornithology
Participants will be assessed on their knowledge of North American birds.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
Water Quality
Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of marine and estuary aquatic environments.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
 
Earth & Space Science Division Facilitator(s) Location Time
Astronomy
Teams will demonstrate an understanding of Star and Galaxy Formation and Evolution.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
AG Hill 300
Dynamic Planet
Teams will complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
Fossils
Teams identify and classify fossils and demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing tasks related to interpretation of past environments and ecosystems, adaptations and evolutionary relationships, and use of fossils in dating and correlating rock units.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
GeoLogic Mapping
Teams will demonstrate understanding in the construction and use of topographic maps, geologic maps, and cross sections, and their use in forming interpretations regarding subsurface structures and past depositional environments.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
Meteorology
This event emphasizes understanding of basic meteorological principles associated with severe weather with emphasis on analysis and interpretation of meteorological data, graphs, charts and images.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
AG Hill 234 9:50 - 11:50
Reach for the Stars
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties and evolution of stars and galaxies as well as their observation using different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g. Radio, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Ray and Gamma Ray).
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
AG Hill 300
Road Scholar
Participants will answer interpretive questions that may use one or more state highway maps, USGS topographic maps, Internet-generated maps, a road atlas or satellite/aerial images.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
 
Physical Science & Chemistry Division Facilitator(s) Location Time
Chem Lab
Teams will complete one or more tasks and answer a series of questions involving the science processes of chemistry focused in the ares of Aqueous Solutions and Acids and Bases.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
H: (Kalbach)
(A.G. Hill 308) 8:45 - 10:45
Circuit Lab
Participants must complete tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
Crime Busters
Given a scenario, a collection of evidence, and possible suspects, students will perform a series of tests that along with other evidence will be used to solve a crime.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
Lead: (Gallagher-Lein)
H: (Borseth)
Density Lab
Participants compete in activities and answer questions about mass, density, number density, area density, concentration, pressure and buoyancy.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
Lead: (J Rivinius)
Food Science
Students will answer questions on food chemistry with a focus on fermentation and pickling. In addition, participants will build a salinometer/hydrometer capable of measuring salt compositions between 1-10% (mass/volume).
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
Forensics
Given a scenario and some possible suspects, participants will perform a series of tests which along with other evidence or test results will be used to solve a crime.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
Machines
Teams will complete a written test on simple and compound machine concepts and construct a lever-based measuring device prior to the tournament to determine the ratio between two masses.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
H: (Pandey)
Protein Modeling
Students will use computer visualization and online resources to construct a physical model of a protein that is being used with CRISPR Cas9 to edit plant and animal genomes. This year's event will focus on modifications to Cas9 that make it useful for base-editing.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
QBB 2445 8:45 - 11:50
Sounds of Music
Teams must construct and tune one device prior to the tournament based on a two-octave 12-tone equal tempered scale and complete a written test on the physics of sound and music concepts.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
SE 118 & 120 8:45 - 3:05
 
Technology & Engineering Division Facilitator(s) Location Time
Boomilever
Teams will design and build a Boomilever meeting requirements specified in the rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
FLC 3132 8:45 - 3:05
Elastic Launched Gliders
Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test elastic launched gliders to achieve the maximum time aloft.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
BBF Gym 8:45 - 3:05
Gravity Vehicle
Teams design, build and test one Vehicle and Ramp that uses the Vehicle's gravitational potential energy as its sole means of propulsion to reach a target as quickly and accurately as possible.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
Lead: (Smith)
BBF Gym 8:45 - 3:05
Mission Possible
Prior to the competition, participants design, build, test and document a Rube Goldberg-like device that completes required Start and Final Actions through a series of specific actions.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
Dolve 118 8:45 - 3:05
Mousetrap Vehicle
Teams design, build and test one vehicle using one mousetrap as its sole means of propulsion to reach a target as quickly and accurately as possible.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
Loftsgard 104 8:45 - 3:05
Wright Stuff
Prior to the competition teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes or biplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
BBF Gym 8:45 - 3:05
 
Inquiry & Nature of Science Division Facilitator(s) Location Time
Codebusters
Teams will cryptanalyze and decode encrypted messages using cryptanalysis techniques for historical and modern advanced ciphers.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
QBB 1065
Detector Building
Teams will build a durable temperature sensing device that will accurately measure and display temperatures between zero degrees Celsius to 75 degrees Celsius to determine the temperature of four different water samples.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
Experimental Design (Jr High)
This event will determine a participant's ability on-site to design, conduct and report the findings of an experiment.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
Experimental Design (Sr High)
This event will determine a participant's ability on-site to design, conduct and report the findings of an experiment.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
C
Game On
This event will determine a team's ability to design and build an original computer game using the program Scratch incorporating the scientific theme provided to them by the supervisor.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B
QBB 1165 8:45 - 9:40
Ping-Pong Parachute (New)
Prior to the tournament, teams will design, build and bring up to two compressed air/water powered bottle rockets to the tournament to launch a ping pong ball attached to a parachute to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C Lead: Reserved
JSP4 8:45 - 3:05
Write It Do It
One student will write a description of an object and how to build it, and then the other student will attempt to construct the object from this description.
* This event works best with 3-4 facilitators.
B & C
ECE 123 & 125 9:50 - 2:00
 
Generic Helper Division Facilitator(s) Location Time
General Helper
Helps out with event logists, opening & closing ceremonies, award presentations, lunch, MC, etc.
B & C
H: Latimer: Adjudicator
NDSU Central Campus Various
 
1 BBFH = Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse
2 FLC = Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life, 4-H Center
3 ABEN = Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
4 JSP = NW corner of Johnson Soccer Park
5 QBB = Quentin Burdick Building (formerly IACC)
More information on Division B events is available on the national SO web site.
More information on Division C events is available on the national SO web site.
Official rules for events are available by contacting one of the state SO directors.
EVENT FACILITATOR ROLES: (more info here)
  1. Responsible for conducting the event according to the Current Science Olympiad Rules exactly as printed in the current Rules Manual. Do not assume that they are the same as last year. Read them carefully.
  2. Bring or obtain all material and questions necessary to conduct the event and coordinate with Co-Supervisor. The NDSU Science Olympiad Office, Geosciences 202, may have or can get many of the needed items. Please ask before the day of the event!
  3. Answer questions but don't give answers, which would give any team an unfair advantage.
  4. Encourage and challenge students in a professional and friendly manner.
  5. Complete the scoring sheet and return it to the [Tournament HQ as yet TBD] with all student papers and calculations used to figure final scores. Leave a set of questions and an answer key with your scores. Please plan to remain at headquarters after your scores have been turned in to answer questions of staff entering scores and arbitration team (usually less than five minutes). Every effort must be made to eliminate ties.
  6. Attend a facilitators meeting to answer questions (very important if you are new at facilitating).
  7. Communicate with Co-Facilitators to determine respective roles.
  8. Bring judging assistants or make certain that you have communicated in writing with the tournament site coordinator your needs for officials.
  9. Avoid a duplication of specimens or questions that you may have used at regional or state tournaments to avoid regional favoritism.
  10. Plan ahead and have a good time!
CO-FACILITATOR ROLES:
  1. Assist the Event Supervisor in the conduct of the event.
  2. Communicate with Supervisors to determine roles and responsibilities.
  3. Refer to numbers 1, 4, 6 and 9 in Event Supervisors list above.
  4. Plan ahead and have a good time!