NC Science Olympiad
2017 Anatomy and Physiology
Division: B - Middle School
C - High School
Essential Standard: High School Biology
Official Event Rules: See National Rulebook
National Event Page: Anatomy and Physiology
Required Materials: Something to write with
This event is usually done as stations that teams rotate through.  It can also be done as an individual test taking event, where each station has been copied into a test booklet for the team.  Teams may be viewing any combination of models, pictures, diagrams/charts, or recorded/written descriptions. They will then be asked to answer questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, etc)  related to the samples including but not limited to: basic anatomy identification, related diseases and conditions, making observations, inferences, predictions, calculations, analyses and conclusions.  The topic for the 2017 tournament season is the structure and function of the nervous & endocrine systems and the sense organs.

Materials: Teams MUST bring a writing instrument.  Teams may also bring 2 non-programmable calculators and one 8.5 x 11" two-sided page of notes in any form.

Event Leader will provide all samples and testing equipment necessary to complete the test, the official test and answer sheet.

Scoring: High score wins. Predetermined questions and the quality of free-response answers will be used to break ties.

Common Mistakes:

  • Every year a handful of teams are not able to bring their calculator into the event because they do not bring the proper type. Be sure calculators brought to the event are NON-programmable.


  • - While only one page of notes is allowed in the actual event, make a notebook to study from.
  • - The topics to be covered are clearly outlined in the official rules. Write these topics out and make notes as you study each area.
  • - For each area, make sure basic anatomy can be identified both in a diagram and on a model.
  • - Have a definitions page to study from for each topic area for tricky terms.

Event Resources:
2016 Coaches Institute handout (2017 rules)

Nervous system:
Make a pipecleaner neuron

The effect of caffeine on Daphnia lab

Test your reflexes

General Anatomy, covers all systems:
InnerBody interactive study tool will help ID parts and recommend resources for diseases and conditions of whichever body system/part you have clicked on
Interactive study tool from Healthline
Anatomy Puzzle
Instant Anatomy
Anatomy of the Human Body
Patts Anatomy
AMA Atlas of the Body

Human Anatomy Online

HealthQuest.The Natural Science Center in Greensboro has a new permanent human body and health exhibit called HealthQuest! This Exhibit combines 21st century medical science with state-of-the-art videography, real preserved human bodies, a unique End-of-Life section and over a hundred ‘kid-cool’ interactives. HealthQuest provides visitors a memorable experience and journey into personal health that showcases how choices in life impact our major body systems.
A Map of the Cardiovscular System

Sample Events:
Regional Event - 2014 rules (nervous, integumentary, immune)
Example Event - 2008 rules (Nervous and circulatory)
Regional Test - 2010 rules (Skeletal, muscular, endocrine)

Resources for body systems not in this year's topics:

Skeletal System presentation
2014 Coaches Institute Handout (2015 Rules- Cardiovascular, Integumentary, Immune)
Skin layers model activity
Skin layers Trifle activity

Pictures and Video:



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