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EventGradesParticipants allowed to compete on event dayCoach(es)Day/Time/LocationSchedule notesDescription
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Aerodynamics2, 31-2 per gradeBlake LancasterMonday, 5pm, Rudberg's rm 212Participants will build and fly paper airplanes for distance, time and accuracy.
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Back To Nature: Michigan Insects4, 51-2 per gradeBiology Student Alliance/Christa HansmaWednesday 5pm, Media CenterRotating topics in Natural Science for 4th and 5th grade competitors.  This year's topic is Michigan insects.
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Barge Building21-2 per gradeXianli TangFriday 4pm, Friday's rm 110Participants 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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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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Estimania2, 3, 4, 51-3 per gradeJulie Biteen-JohnsenThursday 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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Feathered Friends2, 31-2 per gradeKanchan TorviSaturday noon-1pm, Westgate libraryParticipants will be tested on bird identification by sight and sound, anatomy (structure and function), life history and habitat characteristics.
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GENE-ius4, 51-3 per gradeMarianna SadagurskiFriday 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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Gravity Racer2, 31-3 per gradeLu LiMonday 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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iCompute4, 51-2 per gradeMariana Carrasco TejaTues 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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In Bloom2, 31-2 per gradeLesley McWilliamsSaturday 1 - 2:30 pm, Westgate Library Meeting RoomStudents will be tested on their knowledge of plants, including grasses, flowers, and trees.
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Map Reading2, 31-2 per gradePavel NagornyWednesdays 4pm, Art RoomUsing 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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Map Reading4, 51-2 per gradeMyria PetrouTBDUsing 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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Mystery Architecture2, 3, 4, 51-2 per gradeHadise KabilFriday 4pm, loc TBDEach 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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No Bones About It2, 31-3 per gradeAl Dodds, UM Peds residents, UM StudentsTBDStudents 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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On Target2, 3, 4, 51-3 per gradeEd IonidesFriday 5pm, Maj's rm 219Each 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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Pasta Bridges2, 31-2 per gradeJude DaviesMonday 4pm, Hepner's rm 145Participants 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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Photon Phun2, 3, 4, 52-3 per gradeAyana DavisWednesdays 4pm, loc TBDTeams 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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Potions4, 51-2 per gradeAllison Surma, UM Chemistry FraternityMonday 6pm, loc TBDStart 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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To Infinity And Beyond2, 3, 4, 51-2 per gradeBill SmithTBDUsing 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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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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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah4, 51-3 per gradeLiliya PareksetovaWed 5pm, Art RoomGiven 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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