Description: This event is usually done as stations that teams rotate through, or it can be done as a sit-down test taking event, where each station has been copied into a test booklet for the team. It is also possible that the test be given inside a planetarium, or as a powerpoint where teams view slides and answer questions in a test book based on the slides. 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 materials. The topic for the 2015 tournament year is extraterrestrial ice and water.
Materials: Teams MUST bring a writing instrument. They may also bring two 8.5 x 11" two-sided pages of notes in any form from any source and 2 calculators.
Event leaders will provide all materials needed to take the test, the official test, and answer sheet.
Scoring: High score wins. Points are awarded based on the quality and accuracy of responses. Predetermined questions will be used to break ties.
-Contact Community Colleges and Universities near you to see what special events they are hosting. Many have planetariums or host stargazing nights, or will take you on a tour of their facility.
-There will be a Fall 2014 Astronomy Open House (exact date TBD), hosted by the
astrophysics division of the Physics Department at NC State University.
All are invited to the Reedy Creek Observatory in Raleigh on Friday evening,
(date TBD), for an evening of stargazing, constellation finding,
telescope viewing of deep sky objects, and refreshments. The evening
will get underway around 8:00 pm. PLEASE see their website for more details, including directions,
instructions and tips on what to do and what to expect, how and where to
park, and plans for inclement weather. RSVP is not necessary to attend, but would be helpful in giving a
general idea of how many people to expect. You may RSVP to Don Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.