NC Science Olympiad
2017 Duct Tape Challenge
Division: B - Middle School
C - High School
Essential Standard Alignment: Science Processes and Inquiry Skills
Event Rules: duck logo 2017 Duct Tape Challenge Rules
National Event Page: Not a national event
Required Materials: None
Description: This event is a build-on-site event. Teams will arrive at the competition and be given a set of materials, primarily Duck Tape, and a task. They will then have a given amount of time to complete whatever task they are assigned, such as building the tallest tower, widest bridge, most bouyant boat, etc. The task parameters will be clearly outlined for the teams. At the end of the build time, teams will test their structures to determine the winner.

Materials: Teams are not required to bring anything. Teams MAY bring 1 scissors, 1 ruler, a stopwatch, and something to write with.

Event supervisors will provide Duck brand duct tape, and any other building materials and scoresheets. Teams MAY be allowed to use the back of the scoresheet to plan their design, and should ask the event supervisor if this is allowed.

Scoring: The scoring guidelines will be clearly outined in the task instructions. A primary and secondary parameter will be given. The primary parameter will be used for ranking teams, the secondary parameter will be used to break ties.

Sample Events:
Car Challenge
Parachute Challenge
Boat Challenge
Plane Challenge
Wall Challenge (States 2014)

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This event is sponsored by Shurtape Technologies, LLC

Photos and Video:

Video: For this challenge teams had to build a ping pong ball retrieval device to haul as many ping pong balls as possible from the floor to the upper level in 60 seconds. Thank you Shurtape for donating all the tape for this event!!
How to tear duct tape
How to make a duct tape sheet
How to make duct tape strutural pieces
How to make 3-D shapes


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