Robot promoting the Science Trivia Challenge

The MIT Club of Boston hosts its third annual Science Trivia Challenge as part of the Cambridge Science Festival on April 29, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. in the Stata Center’s Kirsch Auditorium (32-123). This team competition challenges contestants on their knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, inventions, local contributions to science, and other subjects. The event will be moderated by renowned MIT Physics Professor Walter Lewin.

Register a team of up to five people of any age. But hurry, only eight teams are allowed, and sign-up is first come, first served. High school teams (ages 14-18) are also encouraged for the youth division. Spectators are welcome as are volunteers for the night of the event. Email sciencetrivia@mit.edu if you’d like to help out.

Just to see if you have what it takes to compete, here are two questions from past Science Trivia Challenges.

Round 1 question
The German scientist Alfred Wegner proposed the continental drift hypothesis in 1912. At the time, he suggested that the Earth at one point contained one land mass called “Pangaea.” What was the eleven-letter name he used to describe the single ocean that surrounded this mass?

Round 2 question
The practice of “stratigraphy” would most commonly be used in which of the following scientific fields?
(a)  brain science
(b)  genetics
(c)  meteorology
(d)  paleontology
(e)  quantum physics

View the answers.