Biological Sciences


Mark Your Calendars! 2019's Competition is May 8th.

Hands-on, Problem Solving Competition

In an age of limited resources, high school students need to be aware that the answers to many of society's problems will require biological or technological solutions. To stimulate an interest in biology careers, the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University sponsors a single-day, hands-on, problem solving competition known as the Bioathlon.

High schools are invited to enter a team of four students to compete in this fun-filled day of biological sciences competition. Each school may enter only one team. Each team will work on the same set of four problems relating to biology, although the sequence will vary.

Teams must be composed of four students who have not had formal course work beyond traditional sophomore-level general biology; participants do not need to be sophomores. In the spirit of competition, we discourage sending members who have previously attended.

Learn more about past Bioathlon events, its participants, activities, final results, and download an entry form.

A responsible adult chaperone, usually the biology teacher, must accompany the team. We plan activities for the teachers to enjoy while their students are competing. Lunch and snacks will be provided for all participants.

Potential Project Topics

  • the dissection of a preserved animal with organ identification;
  • designing and/or carrying out two experiments with provided materials; and
  • a field identification problem.

Through these exercises, students must demonstrate organizational skills, knowledge of facts and concepts, laboratory skills, and creativity. Learn more about potential project topics by downloading our project hints.