2018 Events, Coaches and Practices.xlsx
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EventGradesParticipants allowed to compete on event dayCoach(es)Coach(es) email addressCoach(es) phone numberDay/Time/LocationSchedule notesDescription
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Pasta Bridges2, 31-2 per gradeJude Daviesjudedavies@wepredict.co.uk248-520-7570 Monday 4pm, Hepner's rm 145Start 3/5Participants will build a bridge using the materials supplied (a variety of dried pasta and clay) to support a cup (in the middle of the bridge) with as many small weights as possible.
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Gravity Racer2, 31-3 per gradeLu Liluli@umich.edu609-933-3626Monday 4pm, Mrs. Brennan's rm 121Each team will build a four-wheeled vehicle out of a kit of materials. Teams will launch their racers down a ramp towards a target.
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Aerodynamics2, 31-2 per gradeBlake Lancasterblake.lancaster@gmail.comMonday, 5pm, Rudberg's rm 212to likely start in AprilParticipants will build and fly paper airplanes for distance, time and accuracy.
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Potions4, 51-2 per gradeAllison Surma, UM Chemistry Fraternityallsurma@umich.eduMonday 6pm, Art Room 114Start 3/5Each team will answer questions about basic chemistry concepts and complete several simple chemistry experiments, exercising basic lab skills and safety procedures
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Map Reading2, 31-2 per gradePavel Nagornynagorny@umich.eduWednesdays 4pm, Sawin Room 207Using various kinds of maps, students will test their map reading skills to answer geographic questions. For 4th and 5th grades, the event will follow a Road Scholar format where the students are asked to solve a mystery using maps as clues.
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Photon Phun2, 3, 4, 52-3 per gradeAyana Davisajeane@umich.edu313-478-5118Wednesdays 4pm, Art Room 114Starts 3/7. WESO weekend workshop 4/7 at 1:20 pm (2nd, 3rd) and 1:40 pm (4th, 5th)Teams of 2-3 students will use mirrors to aim a Photon Torpedo at stationary targets in a darkened room.  4th and 5th grade teams will also answer written questions on the behavior and properties of light.
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iCompute4, 51-2 per gradeMariana Carrasco Tejamcarrt@hotmail.com734-707-5264Tues 4pm, Media CenterParticipants will be tested on their knowledge of basic computing concepts, including hardware and software, their understanding of how computers solve problems, and their ability to create a simple program
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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah4, 51-3 per gradeLiliya Pareksetovalparaketsova@gmail.com720-322-4251Wed 5pm, Art RoomStart 3/7Given a few household materials, each team will construct a cable car capable of safely carrying a ping-pong ball down a zip line. The objective will be to achieve a target run time which will be revealed on the day of the event. There will be a short written portion testing the physics concepts of the zip line.
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Back To Nature: Michigan Insects4, 51-2 per gradeBiology Student Alliance/Christa Hansmachrhansm@umich.eduWednesday 5pm, Kelly Room 209Rotating topics in Natural Science for 4th and 5th grade competitors.  This year's topic is Michigan insects.
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Estimania2, 3, 4, 51-3 per gradeJulie Biteen-Johnsenjsbiteen@gmail.com734-660-3378Thursday 5pm, Art RoomTeams will be asked to estimate answers to questions of measurement or numerical approximation and use their estimation skills to solve a mystery.
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No Bones About It2, 31-3 per gradeAl Dodds, UM Peds residents, UM Studentsdocdodds@gmail.com734-395-8109Friday 4pm Lee Room 217Friday March 9 at 4 pm, Fridays in April (6, 13, 20, 27) at 4 pm, and Friday May 4 at 4 pm.Thursday March 22 at 6:30 pm. Additional sessions to also be added.
Students will learn about the human skeletal system: structure, function, and identification. They will use this knowledge to answer questions pertaining to bones, and identify bones at stations throughout the room.
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Barge Building21-2 per gradeXianli Tangtangxianli@yahoo.com734-883-1006Friday 4:10pm, Friday's room 110Starts 2/23Participants will construct a barge using the given material that can support a cargo of the largest number of weighted objects without getting them wet.
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Mystery Architecture2, 3, 4, 51-2 per gradeHadise Kabilhadisekabil@gmail.com734-972-0371Friday 4pm, Griffith's room 119Starts 3/16Each team will be given a bag of materials to build a structure that can support a ball. The tallest structure wins.
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GENE-ius4, 51-3 per gradeMarianna Sadagurskimsadag@gmail.com857-234-0151Friday 4pm, Ward's rm 213Explore the world of genetics! What are DNA and genes, and how do they affect you? Teams will use their basic understanding of heredity, genes, DNA, and chromosomes to complete genetic puzzles like pedigrees, simple crosses, and gene/codon reading. 
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On Target2, 3, 4, 51-3 per gradeEd Ionidesionides@umich.edu734-604-6217Friday 5pm, Maj's rm 219Starts 3/2Each team will build missiles, utilizing a precision straw as the missile body (all materials being provided by WESO).  The accuracy of the missiles launched indoors at a fixed target will be tested.
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In Bloom2, 31-2 per gradeLesley McWilliamslesley.mcwilliams@gmail.com202-441-5114Saturday 1 - 2:30 pm, Westgate Library Meeting RoomstartedStudents will be tested on their knowledge of plants, including grasses, flowers, and trees.
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Feathered Friends2, 31-2 per gradeKanchan Torviktorvi@hotmail.com734-674-9563Saturday noon-1pm, Westgate librarystartedParticipants will be tested on bird identification by sight and sound, anatomy (structure and function), life history and habitat characteristics.
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Map Reading4, 51-2 per gradeMyria Petroumpetrou@med.umich.eduTBDUsing various kinds of maps, students will test their map reading skills to answer geographic questions. For 4th and 5th grades, the event will follow a Road Scholar format where the students are asked to solve a mystery using maps as clues.
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To Infinity And Beyond2, 3, 4, 51-2 per gradeBill Smithbsmith496@gmail.comWed 4-5:15, Auditorium3/14Using a planetarium, charts, and a written test, students will demonstrate an understanding & basic knowledge of the solar system & its elements. Grades 4 and 5 will also venture beyond our solar system.
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Circuit Wizardry4.51-3 per gradeParticipants will be tested on basic electrical circuit concepts, components, schematic reading and  understanding, and ability to design and build a simple circuit from a functional description.
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Water Rockets3, 4, 53rd/4th grade combined team 1-8, 5th grade team 1-4Students will build a rocket with the specified materials. Teams will earn points for rocket launches as well as answering questions about rocket construction and flight.
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Write It, Build It4, 52-4 per gradeOne or two team members will be shown a “picture” and will write a description of it. In a separate room, one or two other team members will be given the pieces of the “picture” and the written description and attempt to rebuild it. The team with the most pieces placed correctly wins. This event tests a team's ability to clearly communicate in writing and follow written directions.
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