Questions must be directed toward the rules. We cannot pre-judge your device by answering questions on whether it complies.
- Earth/Space Science
- 10/31/2013 - 15:34 What is exactly is "V1"?
This year's topic is stellar evolution and variable stars, and V1 is standard nomenclature for variables. V1 is a Cepheid variable star in the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). It is a very famous Cepheid as this was the star that Hubble observed and analyzed which showed that M31 was not a nebula but an entire galaxy and the universe became a much larger place. The Hubble observatory has made several observations of this variable and one link for information about V1 is http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo1115e/ or http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/star-v1.html
- Dynamic Planet - Div C
- Rocks and Minerals - Div C
- GeoLogic Mapping
- Experimental Design - Div C
- Bungee Drop
- 11/30/2013 - 14:32 Can parts of the chord be non-elastic?
- Technical Problem Solving
- Write It Do It - Div C
- Life/Personal/Social Science
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Disease Detectives - Div C
- Entomology - Div C
- Designer Genes
- Water Quality - Div C
- Physical Science/Chemistry
- Circuit Lab
- Compound 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 - 11:51 Does the Device need to be in assembled, (ready to use condition) when it is determined if it, along with any tools and/or supplies, fits in the 100 x 100 x 50.0 cm box? Or is it permitted to be partially disassembled (such as removing the levers)...
It only needs to fit into the box at impound, however note that there isn't any explicit time stated in the rules to allow for assembly, thus it will be up to individual event supervisors as to whether time is given to all teams, or if a team must assemble during their part 2 testing time.
- 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 - 20:14 Can the device include a mass" that is used to achieve static equilibrium befor the test masses are added?
Any masses used in this manner must be fixed in place before impound.
- 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.
- Boomilever - Div C
- 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.
- Mission Possible
- 11/03/2013 - 21:12 Does the final task have to be an electric lightbulb?
No, but some sort of light must be switched on per rule 4.g.
- 10/31/2013 - 21:05 Are the objects in the start task provided by the teams or the event supervisor?
Each team brings their own items for the Start Task.
- 11/03/2013 - 21:08 What is the minimum number of golf tees, paper clips, & marbles allowed in the mixture? Would it be acceptable to use 0 of one of the items?
A mixture is an aggregate of 2 or more different substances therefore teams may use only 2 of the 3 items in their mixture.
- Elastic Launched Glider
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