Event Schedules / Clarifications
NEW this year only, 100 teams will earn a spot in the Virtual Ohio Science Olympiad State Tournament hosted by The Ohio State University. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2021.
To Submit a Question or Review Answers to Previously Asked Questions
2021 National Rule Clarifications/Changes
State Tournament Clarifications
The Ohio State University will not take custodial responsibility for minors while participating in the Ohio Science Olympiad Program. Custodial responsibility will remain with teachers, parents, legal guardians, and chaperones. Minors must be properly supervised at all times.
Crime Busters (Division B)
Several questions on this year’s State crime Busters tests include linked videos to a private youtube channel. Your students may be at a substantial disadvantage if they cannot access this channel due to firewalls or other technical issues. In an effort to stem any potential problems, please have your crimebusters kids check this link from the computer they intend to use for state testing, and make sure this video is accessible. We assume that if this video is accessible, they all should be. Here is the link to test accessibility: https://youtu.be/MOuIWTBb27A Please reach out to the State Office if your students cannot access this video, and no other system is available.
Experimental Design (Division B)
Students will be expected to design and conduct an experiment involving one or more of the following topics:
- Conservation of energy
- Inclined planes
- Gravitational force
- Duct Tape
- Rubber bouncy ball or golf ball
- Tennis ball
- Baseball or softball
- 3 by 1 or 1.5-inch binder
- Paper towel, cloth towel, and cardboard large enough to cover the length of a book/binder
- Wooden/plastic clipboard or other wooden/plastic flat surface
Game On (Division B)
Write It CAD It (Division B)
Ornithology (Division B/C)
Ornithology B/C will use the Official Bird List
Experimental Design (Division C)
Instructions Prior to Testing Day (students will be told ahead of time):
For most questions, the answers/results shall be entered into Scilympiad. Answers to the sections listed below shall be hand-written and uploaded to a shared google drive folder. A link to that folder shall then be submitted through a shared link in a Google Form.
- If students are unable to share files due to school safety and email restrictions, an email address will be released during the test so that the students may have their coach submit/email the files within 10 minutes of the test submission.
Protein Modeling Resources (State Tournament Resources)
Write It CAD it (Divison C)
Agribio (Division B/C Trial Event)
DESCRIPTION: Teams will assess their understanding of agricultural systems, their impact on the surrounding ecologic systems, and the biological influences on agriculture.
Codebusters (Division B Trial Event)
Please print a copy of the Codebusters reference sheet prior to the event on Saturday, April 10 to prevent out-of-browser time.
Detector Building (Division C Trial Event)
Special instructions and expectations for Detector Building may be found in the Google Document below.
Digital Structures (Division B/C Trial Event)
When students are ready to compete, they should open the "test" for Digital Structures in Scilympiad. This "test" includes the required dimensions and submission instructions.
Each team must have access to their own account in SkyCiv to compete; a school with multiple teams will need a unique account for each team. Full details on Skyciv for Science Olympiad can be found here.
Mission Possible (Division B Trail Event)
The Mission Possible (Trial) scoring team asks that participating teams begin uploading their submissions one week (seven days) prior to the tournament date, as all uploading and sharing must be complete by 5:00 PM on 10 April 2021. Submitting early will help minimize the chance of your submission not being scored due to being late. Additionally, an adult supervisor and their contact information must be included in your submission in case the scoring team needs to contact your team about your submission.
In your submission folder (a google drive folder that has been publicly shared with OhioMissionPossible@gmail.com), the questionnaire and video(s) should be uploaded:
- Teams should fill out the questionnaire with photographs and descriptions that are requested, these help the scoring team judge your devices more easily. These photographs should be taken BEFORE the device is run. Please save the questionnaire as a PDF, if possible.
- Teams must also submit a video (or multiple videos if multiple views are necessary - these must be the same run.
- Check the folder privacy settings, if not public, the scoring team will not be able to access your submission.
- Target Time: 77s
Mousetrap Vehicle (Divison B Trial Event )
For Regional tournaments and the Ohio State tournament, the distance sentence in Paragraph 6.c. of the Mousetrap Vehicle and Gravity Vehicle rules are changed to read as follows: “The exact Target Distance from the Start Point to the Target Point will be between 3.00 m and 6.00 m. At Regionals, the interval will be 0.50 m and for State 0.25 m.”
Gravity Vehicle (Divison C Trial Event )
The distance sentence in Paragraph 6.c. of the Mousetrap Vehicle and Gravity Vehicle rules are changed to read as follows: “The exact Target Distance from the Start Point to the Target Point will be between 3.00 m and 6.00 m. At Regionals, the interval will be 0.50 m and for State 0.25 m.”
Robot Tour (Division C Trial Event)
DESCRIPTION: Teams design, build, program, and test one Robotic Vehicle to follow track lines to reach a target at a set amount of time as accurately and efficiently as possible.
The Track Layout with start point, target point, gates, and target time will be posted to the link below. For a State Tournament, there will be up to four (4) gates as defined by the rules.
If you have any questions on Robot Tour at this tournament, please have your coach send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Ohio State - Robot Tour" in the subject line. DO NOT use this email to submit your run results unless you want them to not count. Please contact us if having difficulties submitting your information to the Google form.
The 2021 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.
Tours/Fun Event Schedule
Due to COVID, there will be NO tours and events to provide additional opportunities to engage with The Ohio State University for the 2021 season.