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2019 Division C Event Descriptions

2019 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
(cardiovascular, lymphatic & excretory)
This event encompasses the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems, this year limited to the cardiovascular, lymphatic & excretory systems.
Astronomy Teams will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of math and physics relating to stellar evolution and star and planet formation.
Boomilever Teams will design and build a Boomilever meeting requirements specified in the rules supporting a minimum load and to achieve the highest structural efficiency.
Chemistry Lab
(acid/base chemistry, physical properties)
Teams will demonstrate chemistry laboratory skills related to kinetics, chemical reactions and stoichiometry. This year will focus on acid/base chemistry and physical properties.
Circuit Lab Participants must complete tasks and answer questions about electricity and magnetism.
Codebusters Teams will cryptanalze (decode) encrypted messages using cryptanalysis techniques and show skill with advanced ciphers by encrypting or decrypting a message.
Designer Genes Participants will solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics, molecular genetics and biotechnology.
Disease Detective

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

Dynamic Planet

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

Experimental Design Given a set of unknown objects, teams will design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
Fermi Questions Teams provide answers (within an order of magnitude recorded in powers of ten) to a series of Fermi Questions, which are science-related questions that seek fast, rough estimates of a quantity which is either difficult or impossible to measure directly.
Forensics Students will identify polymers, solids, fibers, and other materials in a crime scenario.

Teams demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations including but not limited to fossil identification, answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

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 geohazard risks.
Herpetology This event will test knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.
Mission Possible Prior to the competition, participants will design, build, test and document a Rube Goldberg-like device that completes a required Final Task through an optional series of simple machines.
Mousetrap Vehicle Teams design, build and test a vehicle using one, or two, snap mousetraps as its sole means of propulsion that can push a plastic cup forward, reverse direction, and come to a stop behind the start point.
Protein Modeling Students will use computer visualization and online resources to construct physical models of the CRISPR Cas9 protein that is being engineered to edit plant and animal cell genomes, and answer a series of questions about the chemistry of protein folding and the interaction of structure and function for model proteins.
Sounds of Music Teams must construct and tune one device prior to the tournament based on a 12-tone equal tempered scale and complete a written test on the physics of sound.
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.
Water Quality
Participants will be assessed on their understanding and evaluation of aquatic environments.
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.