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Scrabble Sprint
Teams of two students will attempt to locate items fitting a specified list of properties.

Number of Participants / Approximate Time
Up to 2 / 45 minutes

The Competition
Part I
Teams will receive a list of materials and select from a given set of physical and chemical properties and/or characteristics the appropriate property or properties for each listed item. Selections may include, but are not limited to: solid, liquid, gas, opaque, translucent, transparent, conductor, insulator, flammable, dense, smooth (texture), ductile, malleable, and cellular.

Part II
1. Each team will receive a worksheet with an assortment of physical and chemical properties and/or characteristics listed. Teams will circulate throughout the classroom in attempt to locate items within the room that match the given descriptions. Teams will identify an item and its general location in the classroom as their response.
2. Teams must select items which were within the classroom prior to their entrance. Thus, no materials brought in by participants are eligible as answers. No items shall be physically moved by students in an effort to find other materials which may be answers.
3. In addition to the items physically in the classroom, students may also select items shown in photographs and diagrams in the room. Science books may be placed on tables and opened to predetermined pages to provide additional items. Students must select from the pages shown and may not turn the pages of the books to scan for other items.
4. There will be numerous materials which match each given set of properties. Students should only list the number of answers asked for on the worksheet. No extra credit will be given for additional answers. In the event that teams list more than the required number of answers, only the appropriate number of responses will be scored. Therefore, if two answers are needed and four are listed by participants, only the first two in the list will be scored, correct or incorrect, not the first two correct answers.

Teams will have 20 minutes to complete each part (parts may be completed in reverse order by some teams). Following the two 20-minute sessions, teams will be given an additional 5 minutes to review their answers before all answer sheets must be turned in.

Teams will receive one point to each correct response in Part I. In Part II, each correct response will be worth two points. The team with the most points will be declared the winner. Ties will be broken with pre-determined tie-breaker questions.

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