|2016-2017 Competition Booklet
Students create banners based on the Olympiad's theme. Banners must
contain the school mascot and SECME logo. Each school must have one
(1) entry. Schools will parade with their banners at the opening
session of the Olympiad.
Bionic/Robotic Hand Kit Exposition Event
Students bring a pre-constructed robotic/bionic hand designed from a kit. Presentations will be judged based on innovative engineering, effective presentation, most realistic prosthesis, and product demonstration. Teams present orally and visually with the aid of multimedia. Each school may submit only one (1) entry (middle and senior high school only
.Bionic/Robotic Hand Competiton
Students compete against the clock and each other in a contest filled
with science questions. Each school may enter one (1) team consisting
of four (4) students in the Brain- Bowl competition.
Students build bass wood bridges to pre-determined specifications.
Bridges are then tested at the Olympiad. The winner is determined
by the most efficient bridge within the specifications. Two individual
members from the winning high school team(s) willrepresent SECME
at the International Bridge Contest. Each school may submit one preconstructed
bridge in this team event.
Students build containers that meet pre-determined specifications.
At the Olympiad, an uncooked egg is placed in the container and dropped
from an initial height of 15 meters. The smallest volume container
that protects the egg after being dropped at the final height is
deemed the winner. Each middle and senior high school may submit
one egg-drop container. The eggs will be supplied at the competition.
Students write essays at their schools. Each school must submit one
(1) essay. Entries received after that date are not eligible for
inclusion in the competition (individual event).
FPL Generator Build Students will work in teams minimum 2, maximum 4 to construct a generator and measure the voltage output. The voltage must be generated using electromagnetic induction (no static electricity, photovoltaic, etc.) and the design should produce a continuous voltage, not a single spike. Team will be interviewed by judges (written and oral) and will provide a drawing and one page abstract.
Internet Science& Tech Fair
Student teams use a webpage editor to create a web page. The winner
is the team that scores the highest amount of points based on the
assigned task within the allocated time. Each school may enter one
(1) team consisting of two (2) students.
Students build cars that are propelled by the spring of a mousetrap.
All teams must have:
- Mousetrap Car (constructed and running)
- Design drawing of Mousetrap Car
- Technical report on Mousetrap Car
- A combination of the scores from the race, the report, and the
drawing is used to determine the winner.
- Each school may enter one Mousetrap Car.
Student teams use a variety of strategies to solve mathematics problems
using tools such as graphing calculators, calculators, rulers, and
manipulatives. The winner is determined by the first team to submit
the most correct answers within an hour. Each school may enter one
(1) team consisting of four (4) students in the mathematics competition.
Patent Pending: Innovation to Action
Teams of 2–5 students solve problems using prototyping through web or mobile app development or physical prototyping
Perspectives STEM Video Challenge
Students create brief, standards-aligned resources in teams of up to 3 highlighting experiences and thoughts regarding math and science from experts, teachers, professionals, and skilled enthusiasts.
Students follow specific instructions to complete an engineering design task in three-member teams (Elementary schools only).
Students follow specific instructions to complete an engineering design task in three-member teams using VEX Robotics technology (Senior High schools only).
Water Bottle Rocket
Students build a rocket that must meet predetermined specifications.
At the Olympiad, rockets will be "fueled" with 355 milliliters of
water. The rocket with the greatest combined "hang time" and patch
design score will be declared the winner. Each school may enter one
(1) rocket built by a team consisting of three (3) students. All
teams must have: Water-Bottle Vehicle (constructed and launch-ready)
and Team Patch.