Lab Olympics are a fun, team-building event that showcase the lab skills of our members. In August 2021 we held our first Lab Olympics with six events: pipette transfer, reagent weighing, bone cutting, micorbalance speed, microbalance accuracy, and parafilm shot put. We hosted our second Lab Olympics in April 2022.
Using a standard 5.75" Pasteur pipette, transfer 5x10 mL of water from straight-walled culture tubes to a beaker, spilling as little as possible in the process. At least 49.5 mL of water must be transferred as determined by a balance. In 2021, a 1 second penalty is assessed for every 0.1 mL of water that was not successfully transferred as determined by the mass of the water in the beaker. No penalties were deducted in 2022 for spillage.
1. Paul Szpak: 1:13.50 (49.45 mL)
2. Matt Teeter: 1:36.41 (49.55 mL)
3. Julia McCuaig: 1:37.39 (49.33 mL)
1. Paul Szpak: 1:09.65
2. Julia McCuaig: 1:12.54
3. Adrian Gonzalez: 1:13.16
With a single scoopula scoop transfer a predetermined amount of a reagent onto a weighing boat. The lab member with the closest weight to the target is the winner. The 2021 and 2022 events consisted of weighing 1.000 g of potassium carbonate.
1. Tess Wilson: off by 13.4%
2. Julia McCuaig: off by 26.4%
3. Matt Teeter: off by 30.2%
1. Adrian Gonzalez: off by 0.3%
2. Madison Curran: off by 4.5%
DQ. Paul Szpak: off by 11.9%
3. Matt Teeter: off by 14.9%
Using a dental drill, remove a single chunk of bone with a weight that is as close as possible to the target. For the 2021 competition the target was 200 mg and the bone being cut was a kangaroo tibia. For the 2022 competition the target was a 250 mg chunk of the same kangaroo tibia.
1. Jen Routledge: off by 5.2%
2. Tessa Grogan: off by 15.5%
3. Tess Wilson: off by 30.1%
1. Madison Curran: off by 5.7%
2. Brooke Driscoll: off by 7.5%
3. Olivia Hall: off by 8.4%
Weigh five aliquots of a standard reference material and encapsulate them in 4.25x5.00 mm tin capsules as quickly as possible. Capsules must have weights confirmed only after encapsulation is complete.
2021 Results (Five Capsules of SRM-1, caribou bone collagen)
1. Julia McCuaig: 94.99 seconds/capsule (7:54.93 total time)
2. Paul Szpak: 101.08 seconds/capsule (8:25.38 total time)
3. Tess Wilson 121.88 seconds/capsule (10:09.42 total time)
2022 Results (Five Capsules of SRM-26, commercial collagen)
1. Julia McCuaig: 69.83 seconds/capsule (3:27.98 total time)
2. Adrian Gonzalez: 78.51 seconds/capsule (3:55.54 total time)
DQ. Paul Szpak 83.82 seconds/capsule (4:11.46 total time)
3. Mariah Miller 92.80 seconds/capsule (4:38.40 total time)
This event takes place concurrently with the microbalance speed event. The lab member that records the weight closest to the target is the winner. For the 2021 event, the target weight was 0.555 mg and the winner was determined based on the closest single capsule to the target weight; ties were broken based on the second closest capsule to the target weight. For the 2022 event we took the average absolute difference (in mg) of the three capsules from the target weight.
1. Matt Teeter: 0.000 mg off target on 1 capsule
2. Tessa Grogan: 0.001 mg off target on 2 capsules
3. Tess Wilson 0.001 mg off target on 1 capsule
1. Adrian Gonzalez: 0.008 mg off target
2. Mariah Miller: 0.017 mg off target
DQ. Paul Szpak 0.019 mg off target
3. Anahi Maturana 0.022 mg off target
PARAFILM SHOT PUT
We have accumulated a 655 g ball of used parafilm. The aim of this event is simple - using strict shot put form, launch the parafilm ball as far as possible. We did not measure distances in 2021.
1. Matt Teeter
2. Paul Szpak
3. Jen Routledge
DQ. Paul Szpak 1790 cm
1. Adrian Gonzalez 1590 cm
2. Matt Teeter 1565 cm
3. Mariah Miller 1385 cm