(section: 2 / line: 1)
No, lasers are not allowed. They are not one of the listed legal components in rule 3.i.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 2)
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...."
(section: 3 / paragraph: i / line: 1)
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."
(section: 3 / paragraph: j / line: 1)
Yes, these are considered a continuous electrical action intended to take up time and is not legal.
(section: 3 / paragraph: m / line: 1)
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.
(section: 4 / line: 3)
No, but some sort of light must be switched on per rule 4.g.
(section: 4 / line: a)
The team members choose what items are used and how many of each item for the Start Task.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
Each team brings their own items for the Start Task.
A mixture is an aggregate of 2 or more different substances therefore teams may use only 2 of the 3 items in their mixture.
(section: 4 / paragraph: F / line: 1 & 2 )
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?"