- 2014-01-27 02:02 Are lasers allowed?
No, lasers are not allowed. They are not one of the listed legal components in rule 3.i.
- 2014-03-12 00:44 If the device is contained within an actual cube and attached to portions of the walls and floor, will the measurement of the device include all of the structure (walls, floor, etc.) or just the portion of walls and floor used within the cube?
The measurements will be for the entire space the device takes up including the walls, floor, and any part of the device that might extend beyond these boundaries during the running of the device. Hence, during the running of the device if anything extended (even temporarily) beyond the stationary boundary the event supervisor will need to remeasure the device.
- 2014-03-12 00:19 What constitutes an energy transfer?
If energy is converted it is surely transferred. It can also be transferred without being converted. Energy triggers can count for points. The initial energy can trigger something to cause the next energy to release and it does NOT have to be converted to the final energy for it to count for points.
- 2014-01-25 19:30 May batteries receive points based on a chemical to electrical energy transfer?
No, because batteries must be factory sealed, thus there is no action you can perform to initiate the chemical energy input to the transfer and per Rule 3.g. "All scoreable actions and transfers must be visible...."
- 2014-03-12 22:30 3.f. allows previously used motors to be switched off. Can other previously used circuits be switched off, example, a hot nichrome wire?
Yes, as long as two actions do not contribute to the task sequence at the same time.
- 2014-03-12 22:34 Do the steps need to be visible DURING operation, or just able to be made visible to show a judge?
The rules do not say the every task must be visible to the judges during operation, but tasks need to be verifiable by a judge. If they cannot completely verify a task actually took place, then it might not be counted for points.
- 2014-02-11 16:03 Now that all electric components are allowed, can we use lasers?
No, Lasers are not allowed in the devices per the Science Olympiad Laser policy found on the website http://www.soinc.org/lasers The first sentence of the policy rules them out for Mission Possible, "Laser levels, pointers and other laser devices are intended to be operated under the control of a human operator at all times."
- 2014-01-25 20:08 Does a wing nut on a threaded rod or a string on an axle rotated by a motor count as a continuous electrical action designed to take up time, even if the action is mainly mechanical, only powered by an electrical source?
Yes, these are considered a continuous electrical action intended to take up time and is not legal.
- 2014-01-26 22:41 Rule 3m. states that "All batteries must be factory-sealed and voltage labeled by the manufacturer." Does this mean that (non-hazardous) home-made batteries like lemon batteries are not permitted?
Correct, any type of homemade batteries are not allowed per rule 3.m. A battery is defined as a device that utilizes a chemical reaction to generate voltage and current. Note that chemical reactions that result in a change in resistance are allowable in devices.
- 2013-11-04 02:12 Does the final task have to be an electric lightbulb?
No, but some sort of light must be switched on per rule 4.g.
- 2014-01-25 20:54 Who chooses what items are used for the start task and how many of each item, the event supervisor or the team members?
The team members choose what items are used and how many of each item for the Start Task.
- 2013-11-01 02:05 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.
- 2013-11-04 02:08 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.
- 2014-01-27 04:04 What constitutes a "container"?
A container by definition must be capable of holding, restraining, and containing its contents (i.e. golf tees, paper clips, and/or marbles) in the container's volume or area. Containers may have modifications as long as they meet the definition of a container and comply with the rules. While the containers do not have to be removable from the device, a key test would be the question, "if the container was moved outside of the device, would the contents remain in the container?"
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