Students will identify, describe, and classify various specimens. Junkyard Challenge Students will partially pre-construct an device with final construction and adaptation onsite to complete a published challenge. Meteorology (Severe Storms) This event involves the use of process skills as applied to meteorology. Microbe Mission Teams will answer questions, solve problems and analyze data pertaining to microbes. Optics Teams compete in activities and answer questions related to geometric and physical optics. Ornithology This event will test knowledge of North American birds on the official list in various ways. Road Scholar Students read through a story and answer questions throughout the story while having to interpret the multiple maps given. These maps may be either topographic or road maps, but must represent areas within the U.S. A portion of the test may also require students to draw a 1 mile ? 1 mile section map. Shock Value Students will compete in activities involving basic understanding of electricity, magnetism, and simple electrical devices. Solar System Teams will demonstrate knowledge of the Sun, planets and their satellites, dwarf planets, comets, asteroids, the asteroid belt, meteoroids, Oort Cloud, and the Kuiper Belt. Storm the Castle Prior to the tournament, teams design, construct and calibrate a device that uses only the energy of a falling counterweight to launch a projectile as far and as accurately as possible. Towers Team members design and build the most efficient tower. Write It, Do It One student is given a model that the other student can not see; he/she is to write instructions on how to create that model, and after the time is up, the other student is given the set of instructions with the materials and tries to build a replica of the model.