NC Science Olympiad
2017 Reach for the Stars
Division: B - Middle School
Essential Standard Alignment:  
Official Event Rules: See the national rulebook
National Event Page: Reach for the Stars

Description: 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 or run in a planetarium.  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), label diagrams, make graphs, etc. related to the information. The topic for the 2017 tournament year is properties and evolution of stars and their observation with different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. See the official rules for a more detailed list.

This is usually long stations or a sit down test.
You rarely need the flashlight & clipboard (Asheville is the only site with a planetarium)
Understanding stellar evolution and the HR Diagram are important
Constellation maps and pictures are fair game for identification

Materials:
Teams MUST bring a writing instrument. Teams may also bring two 8.5"x11" page of notes (front and back) from any source they choose.

Event Leaders will provide all diagrams/models/materials required to set up each station, and the official test.

Scoring:
High score wins. Questions are worth a pre-assigned number of points. Accuracy and thoroughness of responses will be used to break ties.

Event Resources:
Astronomy Days: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences event.
HR Diagram

Parallax Stars

Other Worlds
Stellar Journey
Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Imagine the Universe
Astronomy Notes - A web textbook
Great video that shows scale of the solar system.
SAS Curriculum Pathways: Planetary Facts
Sample Event:
2016 State Reach for the Stars test, answer sheet, & answer key
2012 Regional Event (properties and evolution of stars, open and globular clusters)
Example Event (Based on 2008 Rules)

 
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