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The normalization shootout described in this paper is an effective way to challenge students to learn normalization concepts. Students compete two at a time in a tournament-style series of matches. Tournament questions require students to identify closures, the key, and highest normal form for relations and their corresponding functional dependencies. Since introducing a shootout game in the fall of 2004, initial test scores have improved over previous semesters, retesting indicates those whodoi:10.48009/1_iis_2005_21-27 fatcat:bgz3fugwkfhozn6voxw6sqej7u