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Fossils

Division: B – Middle School

NC Essential Standards Alignment: 8.E.2, 8.L.4

Event Rules: See National Rules

Event Score Sheet: None

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials: Not required, but each team may bring one magnifying glass, the Science Olympiad Official Fossil List and one standard 2-inch or smaller 3-ring binder, as measured by the interior diameter of the rings, containing information in any form and from any source attached using the available rings. Sheet protectors, lamination, tabs and labels are permitted.  If the event features a rotation through a series of laboratory stations where the participants interact with samples, specimens, or displays; no material may be removed from the binder.

Clarifications: None

Description:

This event is typically done as either stations or as a sit down test, where all the stations have been copied into a test book. Teams will answer questions and be presented with information in the form of pictures, graphs, charts, written descriptions, etc. which they will the be asked to use science process skills to analyze (make calculations, make hypotheses and predictions, create graphs or charts, etc). Teams use fossils to date and correlate rock units as well as demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing tasks related to fossil identification and classification.

Materials:

Not required, but each team may bring one magnifying glass, the Science Olympiad Official Fossil List and one standard 2-inch or smaller 3-ring binder, as measured by the interior diameter of the rings, containing information in any form and from any source attached using the available rings. Sheet protectors, lamination, tabs and labels are permitted.  If the event features a rotation through a series of laboratory stations where the participants interact with samples, specimens, or displays; no material may be removed from the binder.

Scoring:

High score wins. Questions will have pre-assigned point values. Predetermined questions will be used to break ties.

Common Mistakes:

None

Recommendations:

None

Event Resources:

Fossils 2019 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2020 Rules)
Fossils 2018 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2019 rules)

Media:

None