Div B – Middle School
NC Essential Standards Alignment:
Event Score Sheet:
National Event Page:
Something to write with.
NC will use the Eastern Field Guide
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 for the team. Teams may be viewing any combination of live or preserved specimens, pictures, or recorded/written descriptions. They will then be asked to answer questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, etc) about the specimen, including but not limited to identification (no more than 50%), anatomy, habitat, life cycle, diet, history, etc. Teams may be asked multiple questions at each station.
High score wins. Predetermined questions and the quality of free-response answers will be used to break ties.
- Practice identifying specimens from life as well as pictures or diagrams.
- Try splitting the list between the members of the team and becoming an expert on one half. The danger in this is what to do if one member is unable to attend the competition at the last minute.
- If one student is better at looking things up in the field guide, have that student do all the looking up while the other scans the station for easy questions they can answer without the book.