Questions must be directed toward the rules. We cannot pre-judge your device by answering questions on whether it complies.
- Earth/Space Science
- Metric Mastery
- 11/03/2013 - 20:50 The "plus one estimated digit" rule only applies to analog equipment, not to digital, right? Students should not be estimating digits on a digital scale, digital thermometer, etc. Correct?
Correct. You can not estimate a digit on digital measuring devices.
- Rotor Egg Drop
- Experimental Design - Div B
- Write It Do It - Div B
- Life/Personal/Social Science
- Physical Science/Chemistry
- Can't Judge a Powder
- 11/06/2013 - 11:43 Can the 9-v conductivity meter be commercial product, or does it have to be home-made?
As long as the conductivity meter is operated by a 9 volt battery, it is allowed.
- 11/06/2013 - 11:44 how many grams of the sample are given to the students? If they run out, can they ask for more without penalty?
It will be up to the event supervisors. The rules state that event supervisors must notify the students at the beginning of the competition if refills will be allowed or not. Since materials vary widely in density, there is no minimum or maximum number of grams to provide to the students.
- Crime Busters
- Shock Value
- Simple Machines
- 11/06/2013 - 11:42 Can a computer be used as a tool for the device testing portion of the event?
No. Computers/tablets/etc generally aren't allowed in Science Olympiad events unless explicitly permitted in the specific event rules, since they can potentially violate multiple general rules.
- 11/06/2013 - 12:01 Do students need to impound their reference material secured in a 3-ring binder?
No, only the device, tools, and supplies must be impounded. Reference materials, writing utensils, and calculators do not need to be impounded.
- 10/31/2013 - 20:21 Under the catagory of "Wheel& Axle", are "Belt & Pulleys" included?
Yes, Belt and Pulley sare included as part of the Pulley simple machine type for both Simple Machines and Complex Machines.
- 10/31/2013 - 20:23 Under the catagory of "Wheel & Axle", are "Gear Systems" included?
- 11/06/2013 - 12:17 Regarding the phrase "using an known mass and lever", are these simply the tools available to the competitor that are allowed to be used, or are the students REQUIRED to utilize the known mass to determine the unknown mass?
Yes, the rules state that students are to use both the known mass and a lever to determine an unknown mass.
- 11/06/2013 - 12:21 Are points to be assigned as whole points only? Rounded or truncated? For example, if the measurement takes 15 seconds, is the TS value assigned as 18 points, 18.75 points, or 19 points?
Points will be assigned to the significant figures of the measuring equipment available to the supervisors. Contact local tournaments for information to the precision of their tools.
- 11/06/2013 - 12:23 Is the Mass Score in whole points, rounded or not, or in decimal? For example, if the actual mass of the unknown was 1000g, and the calculated value was 990g, is the scored MS value assigned 29 points, 29.7 points, or 30 points?
The mass score will be decimal, based on the precision of the measurement tools used by the Event Supervisor.
- Sounds of Music
- Wheeled Vehicle
- Boomilever - Div B
- 11/30/2013 - 02:48 Is it 5 cm below Contact depth of actual Boomilever being tested, or 5 cm from Contact Depth line?
The Loading Block must be supported at a height higher than 5.0 cm below the Contact Depth which is 20.0 cm (Div. B) & 15.0 cm (Div. C) below the center of the holes for the hooks.
- 11/30/2013 - 02:55 Does rule 3d mean that the loading block must be at or above 5cm below the contact depth before start AND during loading? For example, can the loading block be at 25cm below the center line of the hook if the contact depth=20cm? Will this depth be...
The rule does not state that the loading block must be at of above 5cm below the contact depth during the loading. Testing will continue until failure of the Boomilever which is defined in 5.f.line 3.
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