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2018 Division B Event Descriptions

2018 Trial Event Information

At New Jersey Regional Tournaments, 12-14 select events from this list will be held. The list of events for each regional will be posted to the page for your regional tournament. At the state championship, we attempt to run every event, however, facilities and volunteer limitations may result in event cancellations.

Anatomy & Physiology
(Respiratory, digestive & immune)
This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to the respiratory, digestive and immune systems.
Battery Buggy Teams will construct a vehicle that uses electrical energy as its sole means of propulsion, quickly travels a specified distance, and stops as close as possible to the Finish Point.
Crime Busters

Teams will identify the perpetrators of a crime or crimes by using paper chromatography and analysis of unknown solids, liquids, and plastics found at the scene of a crime.

Disease Detective
(Food Illness)

Students will use investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on food borne illnesses

Dynamic Planet
(Tectonics)

Teams will use NGSS science and engineering practices to complete tasks related to physical and geological oceanography. This year will focus on tectonics.

Ecology Students will answer questions involving content knowledge and process skills in the area of ecology and adaptations in featured North American biomes.
Experimental Design Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
Fast Facts Teams will fill in a grid of terms that begin with a given letter to match given science categories.
Herpetology This event will test knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.
Hovercraft Competitors may construct a self-propelled air-levitated vehicle with up to two battery-powered motors that turn one propeller each to levitate and move the vehicle down a track. Competitors must also be tested on their knowledge of classic mechanics and related topics.
Meteorology
(Climate)

This event involves the use of process skills to demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of the Earth systems and anthropogenic factors that influence world climate. This year will focus on climate.

Microbe Mission Teams will answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to microbes.
Mystery Architecture At the beginning of the event, teams will be given a bag of building materials and instructions for designing and building a device that can be tested.
Optics

Teams must participate in an activity involving positioning mirrors to direct a laser beam towards a target. Teams must also be tested on their knowledge of geometric and physical optics.

Potions and Poisons This event is about chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic chemical substances, with a focus on household and environmental toxins or poisons.
Road Scholar

Teams 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.

Rocks and Minerals Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.
Roller Coaster Prior to the competition, teams design, build, and test a roller coaster track to guide a vehicle that uses gravitational potential energy as its sole means of propulsion to travel as close as possible to a target time.
Solar System Students will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the geologic characteristics and evolution of the Earth's moon and other rocky bodies of the solar system.
Thermodynamics Teams must construct an insulated device prior to the tournament that is designed to retain heat and complete a written test on thermodynamic concepts.
Towers

Prior to the competition, teams will design and build a Tower meeting requirements specified in the rules to achieve the highest structural efficiency.

Wright Stuff Prior to the competition teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.
Write It/Do It

A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.