Div B – Middle School
NC Essential Standards Alignment:
6.P.2, 8.P.1, Science as Inquiry
See the National rule manual
Event Score Sheet:
National Event Page:
Splash goggles, lab coat or chemical apron with long sleeve shirt, covered legs, closed toed shoes, long hair tied back, and something to write with. Competitors should also bring the optional materials listed below, or they will be at an extreme disadvantage.
This event is about chemical properties and effects of specified toxic and therapeutic chemical substances, with a focus on household and environmental toxins or poisons. It will be part lab and part written test.
Teams MUST bring chemical splash goggles, safety gear, and a writing instrument. Teams may also bring spot plates, test tubes and test tube holders or any containers in which they can perform the tests, popsicle sticks, spatulas, plastic spoons, etc. for handling materials, pH paper, magnets, hand lenses, microscope slides & cover slips, forceps or tweezers, paper towels, pipettes or droppers, 10mL & 25mL graduated cylinders, 9V or less conductivity meter, writing instruments, and 5 sheets of paper with information in any form from any source. Sheet protectors are encouraged.
***SAFETY ISSUE*** In addition to OSHA approved chemical splash goggles with indirect vents, teams also MUST wear closed toed shoes, pants/skirts that cover legs to the ankle, AND a lab coat/apron that reaches below the knee or they will not be allowed to participate. Long hair must be tied back. In addition, any teams seen handling materials in an unsafe manner will be disqualified from the event. ***SAFETY ISSUE***
Event Leaders will provide a proper lab environment, all the reagents to be tested, any needed probes, chromatography materials, and the official test and answer sheet.
High score wins. Test questions are worth 60%, lab questions are worth 40% of the overall grade.
– Be sure to follow all safety requirements! Safety issues will NOT be arbitrated.
– Event leaders will not answer questions on testing procedures. Event leaders WILL answer safety questions, and stop students from performing a test in an unsafe manner.
Intro to Chromatography
How To Do Paper Chromatography with students
How to calculate the Rf value for a chromatogram
Tutorial on Interpreting Mass Spectra
Basic info Mass spectroscopy
Portuguese Man of War