The MIT Science Trivia Challenge is a live trivia quiz that is a part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival organized by the MIT Museum. All contestants receive certificates and gifts of participation. Winners are treated to dinner by a Nobel Laureate.
The trivia challenge covers a wide range of disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, computer science, earth sciences, inventions, and local contributions to science. Scientific methods, theories, or history may be tested.
The competition consists of rounds of 10-15 questions each, which can be multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, or multiple-answer. Teams discuss questions together and submit their final answers on a sheet of paper that is later graded.
Each school may send up to 2 teams to the competition. Each team may have up to 10 players, but only 5 can compete in each round. Teams will first compete in one of two preliminary rounds. High scorers from each will meet in the Gold runoff round, while the rest will compete in the Silver runoff round. The winners of the two runoff rounds will compete for the Grand Prize.