State Tournament Events

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 27, 2019.

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 

2019 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.

Battery Buggy (Division B)

When are batteries used to power Battery Buggies allowed to be installed into the vehicle?

Batteries and vehicles are to remain separate from the moment they are impounded until immediately prior to the team’s run. At that time, the Event Supervisor will instruct the team to install the batteries and prepare their vehicle for its run.

At Impound, the batteries to be used are submitted in a non-metallic container free of any items that might cause a short circuit. The vehicle should be submitted at the same time but physically separate from the batteries. Teams violating any of these conditions will have the opportunity to remedy the situation to the satisfaction of the Event Supervisor should time allow

 

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.

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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Potions and Poisons (Division B)

Based on a National FAQ clarification, there will be no questions regarding "Wild Carrots" but there may be questions regarding Western Water Hemlock.

Thermodynamics (Division B)

Impound for Thermodynamics B will be held between 6:45 AM - 7:45 AM to allow time for the Event Supervisor and their team to prepare for the 8:15 start of the event.  All other impounds will continue as scheduled. 

Ornithology (Division B and Division C Event Trial Event)

The Ornithology Trial Event at the Ohio State Tournament will use the rules found here and this Bird List.

For Division C ONLY: In consideration of the limited time that is available until the State Tournament, in addition to a copy of the official list and a two inch binder of information, each team may also bring one (1) published resource.  This adjustment to the national event parameters for Ornithology will only apply to the 2019 Ohio State competition

Detector Building (Division C Trial Event)

The Detector Building Trial Event at the Ohio State Tournament will use the rules found here.

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 (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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Event Schedules

The 2019 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. 2019 Schedule linked below.

Division B Division C

 

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