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Solar System

Division: Div B – Middle School

NC Essential Standards Alignment:6.E.1

Event Rules: See the National Rules Manual

Event Score Sheet: None

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials: Writing instrument

Clarifications: None


Students will demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the geologic characteristics and evolution of Earth’s moon and other rocky bodies of the solar system.  This event is usually done as a sit-down test taking event.  It is also possible that the test be given inside a planetarium, or as a powerpoint where teams view slides and answer questions in a test book based on the slides. Teams may be viewing any combination of models, pictures, diagrams/charts, or recorded/written descriptions. They will then be asked to answer questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, etc) related to the materials. 


Each team may bring two 8.5” x 11” sheets of paper that may contain information on both sides in any form and from any source. This information may be used during any part of the event.


High Score wins.

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Event Resources:

2019 Regional test, answer sheet, & answer key
Solar System 2018 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2019 rules)
2018 Solar System State Test
2018 Regional Solar System Test
2018 Solar System event Webinar Part 1
2018 Solar System Webinar Part 2
OpenStax – free downloadable text for intro Astro topics
2018 Webinar Transcript
2017 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2018 rules)
AAVSO Science Olympiad Site
The Grasslands Observatory
Beyond Earth: A Chronicle of Deep Space Exploration – This book details all space missions and explains how we have progressed in space exploration throughout the years.
SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space)
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Sky and Telescope
Astronomy magazine
The Constellations and their stars
Hubble Space Telescope site
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Chandra X-ray observatory site
Exploratorium– Astronomy and Space
Solar System scale calculator– Enter the size of the sun and see how big the planets would be
Mars Reconnaissance Rover
NASA JPL Mars Express
ESA Mars Express
PBS Habitability of Mars
NASA’s Picture of the Day
NASA’s PhotoJournal
Secret Worlds: The Universe Within
Astronomical Distances
An Atlas of the Universe
Raleigh Clear Sky Chart
Solar System Live
Heaven’s Above
Space Weather
Worldwide Telescope
Where is the Center of the Universe?
Raleigh Astronomy Club