NC Science Olympiad
2014 Shock Value
Division: B - Middle School
NC Essential Standards Alignment 6.P.3, 7.P.2
Official Event Rules: See national rules manual
National Event Page: Shock Value B
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 and materials have been duplicated for each team.  Teams may be viewing any combination of models, pictures, diagrams/charts, recorded/written descriptions, and hands on activities. They will then be asked to answer questions and perform tasks  based on the materials provided to them.  The topic for the 2014 tournament year is the basic understanding of electricity, magnetism, and simple electric devices such as light bulbs, batteries, and motor connections. See the official rules for a more detailed list.

Materials: Team members MUST bring a writing instrument. Teams are allowed to use any notes and/or calculators. Notes must be 3-hole punched and secured in a 3-ring binder of any size, so that regardless of the orientation nothing falls out. Calculators must not have external probes or sensors of any type attached to them. Teams may bring their own multimeter if they wish to use instead of the provided ones.

Scoring: High score wins. Points are earned for the accuracy and quality of answers as well as proper technique. Predetermined questions/stations will be used to break ties.

Common Mistakes:


  • -Read this. How to use a multimeter.  Be sure to check Basic Instructions, Voltage Measurement, Measure Current, and Resistance Measurement.

Event Resources:
2013 Shock Value State Test B
Practice Questions from 2013 Institute (2014 rules)
Practice Questions with answers from 2011 Institute (2012 rules)
Practice Questions with annotated answers from the 2010 Institute (2011 rules)
2009 Coaches Institute Presentation (2010 rules)
Shock Value Practice Test (2010 rules)
Shock Value Practice Test Answer Key (2010 rules)
Virginia Virtual Lab: Electricity and Magnetism (Lots of good info)
Duke University Electric Circuits Laboratory Manual (Lots of good advanced info)ß
Virtual Circuits (Build and test your own circuits in this interactive tutorial)
LRC Circuit Lab (interactive- shows how a resistor, capacitor and inductor react with one another in a system)
Learning Circuits (Very basic)

Energy Kids from USEIA
Learning Circuits, Flash tutorial based on UK national curriculum
Interactive Simulation of circuit building from University of Colorado
Simple Circuits from a ThinkQuest high school team
Series and Parallel Circuits from Nondestructive Testing Resource Center
Conventional vs. Electron Flow.  This event will use Conventional Flow.
Right Hand Rule.  Used to find magnetic field direction with conventional flow.

Kits and materials we like:
Electrical kits and components, Arbor Scientific
Introduction to Electricity kit, Carolina Biological
GEMS: Electric Circuits kit
Energy Transfer kit from Lab Aids
Desktop Electricity kit from PASCO
Search for CaddyStack Electricity Kit, Fisher
Extech Multimeter used at some of the competitions

Photo and Video:

Video How to make an electromagnet
Tutorial on how to measure voltage
Tutorial on how to measure current
Tutorial on how to measure resistance
Teachers learn about the shock value event at the NCSO Coaches Workshop while they attempt sample problems
Teachers learn how to measure resistance in a workshop for the Shock Value event, led by the FREEDM center from NC State


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