Bioathlon adapts to COVID-19!

Hands-on, Problem Solving Competition

To stimulate an interest in biology careers, the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University has sponsored a single-day, hands-on, problem solving competition known as the Bioathlon for the past 30+ years.

Due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, we are unable to host the event on our campus this year. However, we believe it is more important than ever to inspire young biologists to meet the challenges our society is facing. Therefore, we're adapting Bioathlon for our current situation.

This year, high schools are invited to enter a team of four students to compete in fun-filled activities that will be sent to you! Packages with surprise materials and instructions will be delivered in early May. Teams will have a couple weeks to complete each project at school or home. 

2022 Project Topics

Through these projects, students must demonstrate organizational skills, critical and creative thinking, knowledge of biological concepts, and laboratory skills.

Hands-On Dissection

Students will be sent a preserved two preserved organs from a vertebrate animal: a heart and brain. Students must identify a list of anatomical structures, while following their high school's safety protocols. Students will complete the dissection under the supervision of their teacher at school, but will not have access to any dissection guides or other assistance. Students will be graded on the quality of their dissections and number of correct identifications by submitting images to an online form.

Scavenger Hunt

This activity will involve a search for some common organisms or their parts in their surrounding environment. This search will require general knowledge of ecology including identification of common plants and animals and familiarity with their obvious external structures. Students may not use guidebooks, notes or any electronic devices while out in the field. 

Chromosome Model

Students will be sent materials to create a model to test their knowledge of mitosis and meiosis. 

Register by Friday, April 22!

Recent Participants


  • A.D. Johnston (Bessemer)
  • Baraga
  • Calumet
  • Chassell
  • Dollar Bay
  • Forest Park
  • Hancock
  • Houghton
  • Jeffers
  • Lake Linden
  • L’Anse
  • L.L. Wright (Ironwood)
  • Laona 
  • Negaunee
  • Superior Central
  • Wakefield
  • Watersmeet
  • West Iron County
    (Iron River)
  • Westwood (Ishpeming)