Teams of two students tackle challenging scientific mindbenders containing
clues to an overall puzzle.
Number of Participants / Approximate Time
Up to 2 students / 55 minutes
Students will draw upon a vast array of general science knowledge to solve
a series of puzzles which will yield clues to a Master Puzzle. All areas
of elementary life, earth, and physical sciences are potential sources
for these puzzles. Teams will be asked to solve two Master Puzzles each
with its own set of clues. Teams will have a maximum of 45 minutes to
complete this event.
Approximately half of the clues will be obtained at puzzle stations which
will include numerous displays, pictures, diagrams, and the like. Teams
may be required to perform hands-on analysis of objects (measurements,
texture, scent) and make various visual observations. Stations may also
include questions to further assist students in gathering the important
information from the clue. Teams will have a limited amount of time at
each puzzle station.
The remaining clues will be obtained from written descriptions, text puzzles,
and questions in a exam format.
The Master Puzzles
Using the information gathered from the set of 6-8 clues, teams will be
asked to solve a Master Puzzle. Maximum points will be earned by teams
who correctly identify the Master Puzzle. Partial credit will be awarded
to teams who can accurately describe the Master Puzzle but not exactly
Teams can earn up to 4 points from each clue (smaller puzzle). A total
of 20 points will be possible from the series of clues leading up to each
Master Puzzle. Ten points will be awarded to teams which correctly identify
a Master Puzzle with partial credit available to teams who can accurately
describe, but not identify, the Master Puzzle.
Sixty total points are possible (10 for each of the 2 Master Puzzles,
20 points for each set of clues). Ties will be broken with a supplemental
tie-breaker question. Time is not a scoring factor.