This year, chapters have the chance to compete in two new events on the high school level; one that has existed previously on the middle school level and one that is completely new to our organization. These events are Board Game Design and Forensic Science. Competing in these events gives chapters a few unique opportunities. But what are these events and why should your chapter compete in them?
Board Game Design
In this event, teams must design a board game, present and answer questions about their game in front of a panel of judges, and provide accurate information about the game and the process of making it in a portfolio. After that, it is up to you and your team what you create. There is no precedent for what it should be, no theme that it is required to revolve around, and very few descriptors for it must be.
Creatively, the only requirements are that it is “interesting, exciting, visually appealing, and intellectually challenging.” And still, those terms are up to your interpretation. Competing in an event that has never been done before gives your team the opportunity to set a precedent. Don’t be afraid to make your event a little out there, maybe even a little strange, if it lends itself well to being a board game.
In this event, teams first take an hour long written test on basic forensic science theory. If your team advances onward, you will have the chance to examine a mock crime scene. Teams must demonstrate knowledge of evidence collection procedures, as well as provide an analysis of the crime scene. If you advance to this section of the event, you will need to provide your own toolkit including safety glasses, fingerprint lifting tape and a fine point marker (see the 2019-2020 Competitive Events Guide for all specifications).
Unlike Board Game Design, this event is not entirely new. In previous years, it has been competed on the middle school level, so the opportunities that arise from competing in it do differ slightly. Your team can improve upon their forensic science skills gained in middle school and learn new ones as the difficulty of the event rises. By competing in this event, your team also still has the chance to set a precedent for the level of difficulty this event should take on.
Don’t be afraid to try these events, even though there is no example for you to view. Take on the challenge of creating something totally and utterly new, or trying something you have never done before. I encourage you to compete in these events on a regional, state, and national level.