Event Schedules / Clarifications

Every year, 80 teams earn a spot in the Ohio Science Olympiad State Tournament at The Ohio State University for a fun, exciting, and challenging competition. The upcoming tournament is Saturday, April 25, 2020.

As the state tournament date approaches, be sure to check back to this page for additional details about fun events, the tournament schedule, and local clarifications.

To Submit a Question or Review Answers to Previously Asked Questions 

2020 National Rule Clarifications/Changes

State Tournament Clarifications

The Ohio State University will not take custodial responsibility of minors while participating in the Ohio Science Olympiad Program. Custodial responsibility will remain with teachers, parents, legal guardians, and chaperones and minors must be properly supervised at all times. *(Updates for the 2019-2020 season coming soon)

Elastic Launched Glider (Ceiling Height)

The RPAC Upper Gym dimensions are as follows:

Upper Gym: 24,704 sq. ft.;

  • Height: 28’5” to the lights/beams and 33’4” to the ceiling
    • The specific areas where the hoops and curtains are lifted have a height that is at least 2’-3’ lower than 28’5” due to the way those respective structures get lifted. As is, the area directly beneath each backboard might be 25’-26’.

We would not be able to keep the HVAC off as the system is connected to the gym space below and other areas within the building. Consequently, it would function dependent on the needs of the day given the temperature within the building and building exterior. Please note: It may be difficult or impossible to retrieve items in the rafter, near the sprinkler heads, or above the HVAC.

Upper Gym ceiling photos for reference:

RPAC Upper Gym Photo

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Ping- Pong Parachute (Division B)

The RPAC Upper Gym dimensions are as follows:

Upper Gym: 24,704 sq. ft.;

  • Height: 28’5” to the lights/beams and 33’4” to the ceiling
    • The specific areas where the hoops and curtains are lifted have a height that is at least 2’-3’ lower than 28’5” due to the way those respective structures get lifted. As is, the area directly beneath each backboard might be 25’-26’.

We would not be able to keep the HVAC off as the system is connected to the gym space below and other areas within the building. Consequently, it would function dependent on the needs of the day given the temperature within the building and building exterior. Please note: It may be difficult or impossible to retrieve items in the rafter, near the sprinkler heads, or above the HVAC.

Upper Gym ceiling photos for reference:

RPAC Upper Gym Photo

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Experimental Design (Division C)

All national rules will be followed. Make sure your teams actually run multiple trials for each level of their experiment. Any attempt to "dry-lab" the experiment will be penalized per the national rules.

Wright Stuff (Clarification & Ceiling Height)

Clarification

Teams scheduled in the morning flight session will be allowed to be weigh, measure, and make adjustments to theoir planes to comply with rules at the check in table.
 
Teams that check-in during their time slot and still out of construction parameters will go to end of line and make the appropriate adjustments while other teams check-in. After all adjustments have been made the team will go back through the check-in process.
 
Teams may practice between the hours of 7am-8am
 
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The  RPAC Upper Gym dimensions are as follows:

Upper Gym: 24,704 sq. ft.;

  • Height: 28’5” to the lights/beams and 33’4” to the ceiling
    • The specific areas where the hoops and curtains are lifted have a height that is at least 2’-3’ lower than 28’5” due to the way those respective structures get lifted. As is, the area directly beneath each backboard might be 25’-26’.

We would not be able to keep the HVAC off as the system is connected to the gym space below and other areas within the building. Consequently, it would function dependent on the needs of the day given the temperature within the building and building exterior. Please note: It may be difficult or impossible to retrieve items in the rafter, near the sprinkler heads, or above the HVAC.

Upper Gym ceiling photos for reference:

RPAC Upper Gym Photo

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Ornithology (Division B/C)

The Ohio Science Olympiad State Tournament will be testing from the 2020 National Bird List

Trial Events

Can You Dig It? (Division B Trial Event)

The Can You Dig It? Trial Event at the Ohio State Tournament will use the rules found here. Don't forget to reference A Practical Handbook of Archaeology: A Beginner’s Guide to Unearthing the Past. and The Young Oxford Book of Archaeology, as you prepare for the competition.

Botany (Division B/C Trial Event)

Students particpating in this event will demonstrate their knowledge of plant life and general botany principles. The Botany Trial Event at the Ohio State Tournament will use the rules found here. You may reference the following resorces as you prepare for the competition.

References:
–For the introductory Study of Botany - http://botany101.jstor.org/
–The botanical Society of America - https://www.botany.org/
–A full course on botany in Wikibooks - https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Botany
–A wide-ranging free online course in botany - https://www.easybiologyclass.com/topic-botany/

Robot Tour (Division C Trial Event)

The Robot Tour Trial Event at the Ohio State Tournament will use the rules found here.

Event Schedules

The 2020 Ohio Science Olympiad State Tournament schedules 

Information related to local clarifications will be listed in this section of the website as we get closer to the tournament. 

Division BDivision CPublic Events

 

Tours/Fun Event Schedule

The tours and event listed on this schedule are desgined to provide additional opportunites to engage with The Ohio State University and are subject to change.

Fun Events/Tours