(section: 2 / paragraph: 1 / line: 1)
Yes this is allowed.
(section: c / line: all)
Yes. Systems will have questions concerning the motions and properties of both the exoplanets and their stars. The exoplanets listed as objects will be dealt with as individual objects though there is the possibility of questions concerning the effects of the exoplanets on their parent stars.
(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 3)
Any compass that allows to take strike, dip, plunge, and trend measurements will be good. Therefore, students need a compass that, on top of indicating the magnetic North, also has a clinometer and allows sighting distant landmarks.
(section: 4 / paragraph: e / line: 1)
All Silva compasses in the "Ranger" series provide a cheaper and good alternative to the much more expensive Brunton compass.
(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: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)
There is no guarantee that Scratch 2.0 version is available at all tournament venues. This is a site dependent consideration.
(section: 2 / line: b. )
Students may bring one sheet, 8 1/2 x 11 inch, front and back of notes.
(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: 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: f / line: 1)
Yes, drawing lines on the ball can be considered labeling the ball. This will be up to the event supervisor if markings are for a labeling purposes.
(section: 3 / paragraph: h / line: 1)
Yes, tools are allowed to be electronic. Electronic devices may only used during calibration.
(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: 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: b / line: 1)
Yes, as long as you design the part to be constructed as stated in rule 3.b. You may not have a predesigned part constructed on a 3D printer and used in your construction. General rule #1 applies (https://www.soinc.org/ethics_rules), as long as the designs were not commercially acquired. Competitors should be prepared to demonstrate to the local event supervisor this fact.
(section: 2 / paragraph: A / line: 2)
Yes, the TI-Nspire does count as a non-camera capability calculator. It can be used in the Chem Lab SO competition.
(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: 2 / paragraph: d / line: 1)
Batteries used for non-propulsion purposes would not count toward the maximum number of batteries in 2.c. Anything contributing to controlling the motor would be considered to be contributing to propulsion.
(section: 2 / paragraph: d / line: 2)
Yes, as long as the capacitors are discharged before the run and any electrical power in the capacitor after the discharge comes from the allowed batteries/cells, then they are allowed.
(section: 2 / paragraph: e / line: 2)
Yes, encoders are allowed.
(section: 4 / line: para.4)
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / line: 2)
Yes, provided the computer only connects to the vehicle between runs and not during the run, it is considered a tool.
(section: 4 / paragraph: h / line: 19)
Yes, laser pointers are always to be controlled by human operators (see the general SO policy on lasers at https://www.soinc.org/lasers ) and the vehicle must run autonomously, so laser pointers must not be used during a run.