NC Science Olympiad
2017 Microbe Mission
Division: B - Middle School
C - High School
NC Standard Course of Study Alignment:  
National Event Page:

Microbe Mission
List for 2017

Description: This event is usually run as stations. It can also be run as a sit down test. Teams will be asked to answer questions and perform tasks related to microbes. See the Official Microbial Diseases List for 2017.

Materials: Teams MUST bring chemical splash goggles and a writing instrument. Teams may also bring up to 2 non-programmable calculators and one 8.5 x 11" two sided sheet of paper with notes.

Event Leaders will bring the test, lab instruments, and materials necessary to complete the test.

Scoring: High score wins. Points are earned for the quality and accuracy of responses. Predetermined questions will be used to break ties.

Event Resources:
2016 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2017 rules)
Instructional Powerpoint from the State Event Leader - 2011 Rules
Microbe Mission Sample Test - 2011 Rules
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microbiology by Jeffrey Byrd and Tabitha Powledge- GREAT book!
2008 Workshop Handout from the National Event Supervisor
2007 Georgia State Test

The Secret World Inside You – The NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh is hosting an exhibit that investigates the cutting-edge science of the human microbiome and a new perspective on human health. This exhibits runs from October 22, 2016-March 12, 2017. *special discount rate for our teams on Jan 14 during the Museum Showcase*

Photo and Video:


"Microbes They Might Kill You" and "We are the Microbes", a parody of Queen's "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions," as performed by Carl Winter.

(c) Copyright 2007. Carl Winter, Food Safety Music. UC Davis.

The animations were produced at New Mexico State University as part of USDA CSREES National Integrated Food Safety Initiative Project Number CD-D-FST-7057-CG.



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