Science Olympics Northwestern Ontario

What is it?

Fun! Science! Mystery diagnosis! Teamwork! Feats of Engineering!

Science Olympics is a one day event, for grades 9 ,10, 11 & 12 students, made up of a series of problem solving events that require teams to apply their knowledge of science and engineering in creative and fun ways. Compete in a team of four, and win a prize! There's an Olympian in everyone!

  • Inspire and foster inquiry in science, engineering and technology, and mathematics.
  • Hone problem solving skills, and creative and critical thinking processes
  • Promote team work and collaboration
  • Provide interactive and hands-on learning experience

Northwestern Ontario Science Olympics is a joint venture among Youth Science Ontario, the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead University.

When & Where?

Science Olympics will take place on November 9, 2018 at the Lakehead University Bora Laskin Building 955 Oliver Road, in Thunder Bay.  Registration begins at 8:30am in the lobby of the Bora Laskin Building.  At 9:00am, the teams will meet in the Auditorium. The first event takes place at 9:15am.  Lunch will be provided from 12:15pm to 12:55pm.  The presentation of awards will take place from 1:45pm to 2:30pm.

November 2018 – Descriptions for the Events

JUNIOR (Grades 9 & 10)

Event #1 - Hot Cross Biology

In the biology event you will find yourselves recalling natural history vocabulary as you solve clues, some of which will have you scrutinizing tangible flora. Be sure to clearly print the crisscrossing words and remember caps would be preferred.

Event #2 – Chemical Constructions

This event is about communication and building molecular models. Photographs of completed molecular models, e.g. SO2 (sulphur dioxide) orC6H6CH3 (toluene), are placed in the hallway. A team member communicates details of the structure to their team, who use the components to build that model, which will be checked by a judge.

Event #3 – Fermi Hunt

Science, technology and math are all around us, and today teams will be roving around the Bora Laskin Building to answer a situated set of Fermi questions. Calculators, computers, cell phones, or any other device, including crib sheets, lists of constants, formulae, etc., are not permitted.

Common Event #4 Engineering Challenge

This culminating challenge sees teams building a device to perform a specific task using only the materials provided in exactly 50 minutes.

SENIOR (GRADES (11 & 12)

Event #1 – Fermi Questions

Fermi questions are well-defined problems that can be solved through estimation and approximation. Teams will solve 25 problems in 40 minutes. The event will take place in the gym. Calculators, computers, cell phones, or any other device, including crib sheets, lists of constants, formulae, etc., are not permitted. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided. There will be a local focus to some of the questions. For guidance and examples look at http://www.csrc.sr.unh.edu/~lammers/MacroscaleHydrology/Papers/FermiGuide.pdf

 

Event #2 – Models of Macromolecules

Teams use the materials provided to build a labeled model of a biological macromolecule (One of DNA, RNA or a protein such as Myoglobin, Haemoglobin or Insulin). After completing the model, teams will answer a set of questions describing its key structural components and behaviour. Materials chosen will enable teams to demonstrate their creativity and knowledge.

Event #3 – INDYcator 500

Teams use a range of indicators to measure the pH of three unknown liquids. They are provided with buffer solutions of known pH values and work to get precise values for the pH of all three unknowns in the lowest time possible.

Common Event #4 Engineering Challenge

This culminating challenge sees teams building a device to perform a specific task using only the materials provided in exactly 50 minutes. 

Registration

Get your school involved! Only $10 per student (includes lunch, snacks, and t-shirt). Each school is permitted to submit entries for two junior (grades 9 & 10) and for two senior (grades 11 & 12) teams. Each team will consist of 4 students.

Sponsors 

Thanks to our sponsors!

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Youth Science Ontario logo

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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Science Olympics in Thunder Bay please contact us!

Contact Us

For more information please contact Dr. Todd Randall,  Dean of Science and Environmental Studies by email: science.olympics@lakeheadu.ca or by telephone: 766-7211.

A big thanks to all our committee members:

  • Dr. Todd Randall  (Dean of Science and Environmental Studies)
  • Dr. John O'Meara ( Dean of Education)
  • Dr. Tony Gillies (Acting Dean of Engineering)

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Fermi questions are well-defined problems that can be solved through estimation and approximation. Teams will solve 25 problems in 40 minutes. The event will take place in the gym. Calculators, computers, cell phones, or any other device, including crib sheets, lists of constants, formulae, etc., are not permitted. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided. There will be a local focus to some of the questions. For guidance and examples look at http://www.csrc.sr.unh.edu/~lammers/MacroscaleHydrology/Papers/FermiGuide.pdf