(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 2)
Writing on the bottle would not be physical damage unless the person doing the writing did something out of the ordinary which damages the structural integrity of the pressure vessel.
(section: 3 / paragraph: c / line: 3)
No, students cannot give a visual clue about the number of words or breaking a word into parts. Rule 3.e allows a student to use uniform length dashes to indicate the number of words (not syllables).
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 2)
No. Putting the hyphen along with the line would partly spell the word.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph: - / line: -)
A circle as a drawing wherever it occurs is allowed as long as it does not represent or is not interpreted as a Zero or a letter.
(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
The materials list contains the equipment (e.g. stopwatch, glassware, etc.) and supplies (e.g. chemicals) used in the experiment. You should include the precision of the measuring device being used (e.g. ruler marked off in millimeters, 250 ml beaker. ) You do not need to list safety equipment, writing implements, calculators, or number of participants helping with the experiment.
(section: 2 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
Yes, these symbols are allowed as long as they fit within the context of the written description.
(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 4)
Yes, this year's rules allow these types of abbreviations without defining them.
(section: 2 / paragraph: b. / line: 4-7)
Yes, these are all acceptable with the new rules this year as long as they fit within the context of the written description.
(section: 3 / paragraph: d / line: 1)
Written descriptions that contain drawings and diagrams will be ranked in Tier 2. (This is based on rule 3.d.) If the drawing depicts the model, team will be eliminated.
(section: 2 / paragraph: 1 / line: 4)
Yes, H5N5 is the only Bird Flu on the National Official List. Check with your State or Regional Director if they will be using a different list.
(section: 2 / paragraph: a / line: 3)
Normal plastic drink bottles ( water or soda) are between 500 and 600 ml. This is why that range was chosen. It will be up to the event supervisor to determine how close to that range they will accept. Teams should be prepared to stay within that range.
(section: 2 / paragraph: a / line: 4-5)
The requirement is that the container be 500-600 ml. There is no requirement that the container have a manufacturer label to that effect.
(section: 2 / paragraph: a / line: 5)
No, the students can not bring pipettes. The event supervisor may provide them, but the students should not plan on that.
(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 2)
Yes, students may bring a timer.
(section: 3 / line: 3)
All test questions should be related to dairy food science.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: ii / line: 3)
Students may only bring what is listed in the rules. All other materials should be provided by the event supervisor.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: ii / line: 4)
Yes, they should be dry. Please see the training guide posted on the National Website under Food Science.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: iii / line: 4)
Yes, Heavy Cream and Heavy whipping cream are similar differing with the percentage of fat. Heavy cream is about 36% and heavy whipping cream is about 30% milk fat. The students should practice with different types of cream because you don't know what type of cream the event supervisor will provide for this Lab.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a,b,c / line: 1)
The written test may be given during the entire time period so the students may work on it during the experiment portion. This is up to the event supervisor.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
Yes, as long as the tape is easily removable and does not impact other subsequent teams' testing.
(section: 4 / paragraph: l / sub-paragraph: ii / line: 1)
Anything related to power generators in general is a valid question, which could include aspects of the power plants.
(section: 3 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
Yes,you may re-inflate the air chamber provided the chamber is at ambient pressure at launch.
(section: 3 / paragraph: h / line: 1)
Yes, tools are allowed to be electronic. Electronic devices may only used during calibration.
(section: 3. / paragraph: f / line: 1)
Yes, plastic golf balls purchased with holes in them are considered unmodified and are allowed.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
General rule #1 applies (https://www.soinc.org/ethics_rules). There is no prohibition in the rules about approaching or going behind the targets prior to a launch during their 8 min. time period (rule 4.f.) During a launch they must follow rule 4.b. Teams may be penalized if they disturb the competition area.
(section: 4 / paragraph: f / line: 1)
Yes, lasers may be used as a tool for setup, adjustment, & calibration of the device. They must be removed prior to launch. The laser policy posted on the National website must be followed.
(section: 4 / paragraph: h / line: 1)
A rope can be considered a calibration tool as long as it is removed from the device during each launch.
(section: 4. / paragraph: e. / line: 2-5)
Yes, that is allowable.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 1)
No. A wheel and axle (as a simple machine) requires an input on the wheel or axle and an output on the other end (axle or wheel). A toy car rolling down a ramp does not satisfy the requirements of transferring from one simple machine to another (see rule 3.d).
Each simple machine must complete the requirement listed in the rules before the next machine's requirements start to be counted. If this does not happen only one of the simple machines will count for a score as long as it completes its listed requirement.
(section: 3 / paragraph: J / line: J)
No, there does not need to be a non-scorable simple machine between two scorable transfers. Scorable transfers are based upon the first simple machine in a transfer. The second simple machine of the first transfer can then become the scored first simple machine of the next transfer.
(section: 4 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
Yes, there can be a release of stored energy between the two simple machines in a transfer. No, the output of the first simple machine does not have to directly drive the input of next one.
No, you can not have a scorable transfer from one Class Lever to a different Class of Lever. They are classified as the same type of Simple Machine, just different classes. See rule 4.c.
(section: 4 / paragraph: d / sub-paragraph: iii / line: 1)
Yes, an object must travel upward at least 10 cm along the surface of an inclined plane. The 10 cm minimum required distance is not the vertical distance between the lower starting point of the object and the higher point where the object ended.
(section: 4 / paragraph: d / sub-paragraph: iv / line: 1)
No, this will not qualify as a wedge separating two touching objects.
(section: 4 / paragraph: d / sub-paragraph: IV / line: 1)
A wedge as a simple machine functions by converting a force applied to its blunt end into forces perpendicular (normal) to its inclined surfaces.
(section: 4 / paragraph: d / sub-paragraph: v / line: 1)
According to rule 4.d.v., the "screw must complete at least one full rotation..." An object moving around the threads of a stationary screw will not satisfy this requirement.
(section: 4 / paragraph: d / sub-paragraph: vi / line: 1)
The simple machine of a Wheel and Axle is a larger wheel fixed to a smaller axle and a mechanical advantage is gained by the ratio of the difference in their diameters. So if the wheel turns 360 degrees and the axle does not turn 360 degrees, it is not a wheel and axle simple machine because they are not fixed together.
(section: 4 / paragraph: j / line: 1)
Yes, the student may ring the bell. They will incur a 15 point penalty for a touch and they will not receive the final task points. rule 4.l. Any obvious stalling to gain a time advantage must result in disqualification. Rule 4.j.
(section: 5 / paragraph: h / line: 1)
The completed Start Task - "dropping an unaltered, regulation-sized racquetball into the device to initiate the first action" can not be listed as the first scoreable transfer. The first action (simple machine) initiated by the Start Task may be the initial type of machine in the first scoreable transfer (rule 4.c.1.) and must be listed on a separate line on the TSL. See posted TSL sample on the National website.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph: N/A / line: N/A)
The loading block is to be aligned with the centerline of the test base which would be the center of the Bridge span when it is placed on the Test Support on one side and the Bearing Zone of the Test Base on the other side.
(section: 4 / paragraph: c / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)
No, the 2 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm block will not be secured to the Test Base.
(section: 5 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)
If the test support falls over, loading will stop and the weight held at that time will be used to calculate the final score. There will not be a second try at testing the bridge.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 3)
No, rubber bands are specifically not allowed to attach the wing or stabilizer to the fuselage for safety. The wing or stabilizer could become separated from the fuselage during launch.
(section: 4 / paragraph: l / line: 3-5)
No, the flight time only stops when the glider is no longer supporting its own weight. This can include landing on the floor or getting hung up on any sort of obstacle. Simply touching something does not stop flight time.