Hudson Middle School Science Olympiad

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What is Science Olympiad?

Science Olympiad is an extracurricular activity where we learn about all forms of science. We compete against other teams, and the competitions are like track meets, with 23 different events. Events are in three major categories: build, test, and lab. Most events are done with a partner. Science Olympiad requires practice, determination, and preparation.

What are the practices like?

We meet every Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Currently, all meetings are done virtually. Build meetings have been cancelled except to record for competitions. Studying outside organized practices is encouraged.

2020 modifications

This season, due to the novel Coronavirus, Science Olympiad has to make some changes. Competitions will be virtual, and build events will not occur at these competitions. However, we will still practice these events as part of a build team if the situation improves. In the list of events below, events with a strikethrough will not occur at competitions, and events with an asterisk have modifications. See the emailed PowerPoint for more information.


Life, Personal & Social Science

Anatomy and Physiology

Participants will be assessed on their understanding of the anatomy and physiology for the human Skeletal, Muscular and Integumentary systems. This season, it will cover the Skeletal, Muscular, and Integumentary systems.

Disease Detectives

Participants will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people.


Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics.


Participants will identify birds and answer questions about their life history, distribution, anatomy and physiology, reproduction, habitat characteristics, ecology, diet, behavior, conservation, and biogeography.

Water Quality*

Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of marine and estuary aquatic environments. This season, it will be a test only event at competitions.

Earth and Space Science

Dynamic Planet

Teams will complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography.


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 season will focus on severe storms.

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).

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.

Physical Science and Chemistry

Circuit Lab*

Participants must complete tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism. This season, competitions will be test only.

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 season, competitions will be dry lab only.

Density Lab*

Participants compete in activities and answer questions about mass, density, number density, area density, concentration, pressure and buoyancy. This season, competitions will be test only.

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 season, competitions will be test only.


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 season, competitions will be test only.

Technology and Engineering

Competitions for the events in this category will not occur this season.


Teams will design and build a Boomilever meeting requirements specified in the rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.

Elastic Launched Gliders*

Prior to the tournament teams design, construct, and test elastic launched gliders to achieve the maximum time aloft.

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.

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.

Inquiry and Nature of Science

Experimental Design*

This event will determine a participant's ability on-site to design, conduct and report the findings of an experiment. Competitions for this event will not occur this seaosn.

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.

Ping-Pong Parachute*

Prior to the tournament, teams will design, build and bring up to two bottle rockets to the tournament to launch a ping pong ball attached to a parachute to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time. Competitions for this event will not ocucr this season.

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. Competitions for this event will not ocucr this season.

Event descriptions from SOINC