Brief Descriptions

Click here to download a list of event descriptions, or select an event from the list below.

Event NameGradesTeam Size
Aerodynamics2-31-2 students
Barge Building21-2 students
Circuit Wizardry4-51-3 students
Estimania2-31-3 students
Feathered Friends4-51-2 students
GENE-ius4-51-3 students
Geology Rocks!2-41-2 students
Gravity Racer2-31-3 students
Hang Time3-51-4 students
iCompute2-51-2 students
Map Reading2-31-2 students
Mystery Architecture2-51-2 students
On Target2-51-3 students
Pasta Bridges2-31-2 students
Photon Phun2-52-3 students
Potions4-51-2 students
Roots, Shoots, and Fruits2-31-2 students
The Human Machine2-31-3 students
The Plot Thickens!4-51-3 students
To Infinity and Beyond2-51-2 students
What Went By2-31-2 students
Write It, Build It4-52-4 students
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah4-51-3 students

Event related changes for 2020

  1. Estimania is only for Grades 2 & 3.
  2. Feathered Friends is only for Grades 4 & 5.
  3. Geology Rocks! is for Grades 2, 3 & 4.
  4. iCompute has been expanded to include all grades.
  5. Map Reading is only for Grades 2 & 3.
  6. The Human Machine* is a new event for Grades 2 & 3, replacing ‘No Bones About It’. The Human Machine will focus on a different organ system every year. For 2020, the focus is on the musculoskeletal system (so, save the skeleton!).
  7. The Plot Thickens!* is a new event for Grades 4 & 5. Students will be asked to interpret and create visualizations of data.
  8. Roots, Shoots, and Fruits* is a new event replacing ‘In Bloom’ with a fresh, updated, interactive experience for Grades 2 & 3.
  9. What Went By* marks the return of a popular event involving the identification and description of animals of Michigan in a story-based hike through our local ecosystems.
  10. Student Eligibility: In order to broaden opportunities for students to compete and for schools to fill out teams, students may now compete in an event a grade level higher than their academic grade in school.  The student may only participate in the event once – in other words they cannot participate in two grade levels for the same event.  For example, a 3rd grader competing on the 4th grade Photon Phun team cannot also participate on the 3rd grade Photon Phun team. Failure to follow this rule will result in a disqualification of both teams. See this page for more information.

* = new event

Team Sizes

Click  here for a list of maximum team sizes for each event.