Division C Events

Division C Events

admin Mon, 2008-08-11 16:20

Questions must be directed toward the rules. We cannot pre-judge your device by answering questions on whether it complies.

Earth & Space Science

Earth & Space Science

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:52

Astronomy

Astronomy

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:52

Are you allowed to bring a flash drive for your computer?

Are you allowed to bring a flash drive for your computer?

ceann Mon, 2017-11-06 15:55
Yes. Teams may bring external flash drives to the event.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Dynamic Planet - Div C

Dynamic Planet - Div C

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:53

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:53

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Rocks and Minerals - Div C

Rocks and Minerals - Div C

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:53

Inquiry & Nature of Science

Inquiry & Nature of Science

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:53

Experimental Design - Div C

Experimental Design - Div C

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:54

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Fermi Questions

Fermi Questions

admin Mon, 2017-08-07 15:27

Game On

Game On

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:54

If competitors made a combination game (with elements applying to multiple game types) that contains elements of the assigned game type, would that be accepted?

If competitors made a combination game (with elements applying to multiple game types) that contains elements of the assigned game type, would that be accepted?

ceann Thu, 2017-11-02 19:06
Yes, this would be acceptable. The competitors must have the elements for the assigned game type included but they would not be penalized for having additional components included.

What are the defining characteristics of a "building" type game?

What are the defining characteristics of a "building" type game?

ceann Thu, 2017-11-02 19:07
For a building game, the user controlled sprite must be involved in the assembling or connecting of parts or components to complete the objectives in the game.

Write It Do It - Div C

Write It Do It - Div C

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:54

Life, Personal & Social Science

Life, Personal & Social Science

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:55

Ecology - Div C

Ecology - Div C

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:55

Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)

Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)

ceann Mon, 2017-10-23 19:40
No, only 1 sheet of paper printed on front and back is allowed for specific events. Teams may not bring 2 sheets of paper printed on 1 side, even if they are stapled together or in a sheet protector.

Can chaparral be included as North American "Deserts and Grasslands" because much of the associated vegetation types are grasses? Alternatively, sometimes they are like deserts when the can go long periods without rain.

Can chaparral be included as North American "Deserts and Grasslands" because much of the associated vegetation types are grasses? Alternatively, sometimes they are like deserts when the can go long periods without rain.

ceann Thu, 2017-10-12 18:22
Yes, chaparral is included in the deserts and grasslands biomes for ecology this year.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Disease Detectives - Div C

Disease Detectives - Div C

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:55

Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)

Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)

ceann Mon, 2017-10-23 19:40
No, only 1 sheet of paper printed on front and back is allowed for specific events. Teams may not bring 2 sheets of paper printed on 1 side, even if they are stapled together or in a sheet protector.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Anatomy and Physiology - Div C

Anatomy and Physiology - Div C

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:55

Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)

Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)

ceann Mon, 2017-10-23 19:40
No, only 1 sheet of paper printed on front and back is allowed for specific events. Teams may not bring 2 sheets of paper printed on 1 side, even if they are stapled together or in a sheet protector.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Microbe Mission - Div C

Microbe Mission - Div C

admin Thu, 2009-09-10 15:20

Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)

Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)

ceann Mon, 2017-10-23 19:40
No, only 1 sheet of paper printed on front and back is allowed for specific events. Teams may not bring 2 sheets of paper printed on 1 side, even if they are stapled together or in a sheet protector.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Herpetology - Div C

Herpetology - Div C

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:56

Are questions allowed to be about the species, or only the genus?

Are questions allowed to be about the species, or only the genus?

ceann Sun, 2017-11-05 15:58
Questions should only be related to genus. Species is not on the 2018 Official National Herpetology List.

Will the sounds need to be identified to the genus level or species level?

Will the sounds need to be identified to the genus level or species level?

ceann Thu, 2017-11-02 19:19
Either level. Sounds of only a few very distinctive organisms (mostly anurans) may be used. Vocalizations are not always similar for all individual species within the genus. However, there are several genera that can be readily recognized (and might be asked). Either questions might be used.

Physical Science & Chemistry

Physical Science & Chemistry

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:56

Chemistry

Chemistry

albert Wed, 2017-09-13 15:21

Chem Lab

Chem Lab

admin Fri, 2014-09-12 11:10

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Forensics

Forensics

admin Mon, 2014-09-08 13:46

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Materials Science

Materials Science

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:56

Is the term "block polymer" considered equivalent to the term "copolymer" or is this referring to "block copolymers"?

Is the term "block polymer" considered equivalent to the term "copolymer" or is this referring to "block copolymers"?

ceann Mon, 2017-11-06 15:21
The term refers to block copolymer.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Physics

Physics

albert Wed, 2017-09-13 15:23

Hovercraft - Div C

Hovercraft - Div C

admin Fri, 2011-10-28 10:40

In section 3.g, it implies that diodes are not allowed in terms of electrical components. Would this rule out LEDs, which are Light Emitting Diodes?

In section 3.g, it implies that diodes are not allowed in terms of electrical components. Would this rule out LEDs, which are Light Emitting Diodes?

ceann Thu, 2017-11-02 19:29
Yes, you are correct. Diodes, including LEDs, are not allowed.

Since lithium batteries are prohibited, are NiMH batteries allowed because some contain small amounts of lithium?

Since lithium batteries are prohibited, are NiMH batteries allowed because some contain small amounts of lithium?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-24 19:57
Yes, batteries such as NiCad and NiMH batteries which may contain small amounts of lithium are still permitted for use. Please see the complete Science Olympiad Battery Policy found at https://www.soinc.org/join/policies

The rules prohibit integrated circuits but allow mechanical relays. Are time-delay mechanical relays that contain ICs allowed?

The rules prohibit integrated circuits but allow mechanical relays. Are time-delay mechanical relays that contain ICs allowed?

ceann Thu, 2017-11-02 19:35
No. Time-delayed mechanical relays are not allowed because they contain integrated circuits which are not included in the list of allowed electrical components.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific named calculators that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific named calculators that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-24 20:02
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Optics - Div C

Optics - Div C

admin Mon, 2014-09-08 13:47

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Thermodynamics - Div C

Thermodynamics - Div C

admin Mon, 2017-08-07 15:21

Is a thermos type device allowed, i.e. a metal chamber with a vacuum, a Yeti type container, hydro flask, etc??

Is a thermos type device allowed, i.e. a metal chamber with a vacuum, a Yeti type container, hydro flask, etc??

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 09:54
Yes, however, the container device must: 1) meet every other rule, including the insertion of the beaker and having a 1.5cm unobstructed hole, 2) be altered from its original purchased state by having a substantial modification to it, and 3) Note per rule 3.f. event supervisors may request that the device be disassembled, which would include looking inside any layers of containers, vacuum chambers, etc.

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.

Technology & Engineering

Technology & Engineering

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:58

Helicopters

Helicopters

admin Tue, 2008-08-12 08:59

Are students allowed to check in more motors (rubber bands) than they check in helicopters?

Are students allowed to check in more motors (rubber bands) than they check in helicopters?

ceann Sun, 2017-11-05 15:48
Yes, students are allowed to check in multiple motors. There is no specific number of motors they may check in.

Towers - Div C

Towers - Div C

admin Thu, 2009-09-10 15:27

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

admin Mon, 2017-08-07 15:23

Could the container contain another substance before the water is added?

Could the container contain another substance before the water is added?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 12:21
Yes, the container may contain another substance before the water is added.

Could the timer have an electrical sensor ending it?

Could the timer have an electrical sensor ending it?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 12:43
No.

Do balloons have to be commercial?

Do balloons have to be commercial?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-31 18:50
No, balloons do not have to be commercially made but it will be up to the event supervisor to determine if the homemade item qualifies as a balloon.

Do the levers have to activate specifically in the sequence first class then second class then third class lever last?

Do the levers have to activate specifically in the sequence first class then second class then third class lever last?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 12:34
No, the levers may be in any order sequence.

May a single battery source whose total output does not exceed 14.4 volts as labeled be used for more than one action and receive the bonus points for 1 battery source?

May a single battery source whose total output does not exceed 14.4 volts as labeled be used for more than one action and receive the bonus points for 1 battery source?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 20:01
Yes, because a single battery source is not “moveable/adjustable” it may be used for more than one action as long as it complies with all other rules and if it is the only battery source in the device the team will receive 100 points.

May the "next task" started by the timer be the final action (4c)?

May the "next task" started by the timer be the final action (4c)?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 12:53
Yes, the timer may start the Final Action.

May we use sealed lead acid batteries?

May we use sealed lead acid batteries?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 19:45
No. Sealed lead acid batteries are not allowed. They could be considered considered hazardous material per Rule 2.d.

The rule states: Add Water to a closed container so that it completes an electric circuit and begins the next action. What does "it" refer to - the water or the closed container?

The rule states: Add Water to a closed container so that it completes an electric circuit and begins the next action. What does "it" refer to - the water or the closed container?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 12:31
The word “it” refers to the water. The addition of the water to the container must complete an electric circuit which begins the next action.

What defines a "closed container? Would it be need to be completely sealed or just enclosed to prevent spills?

What defines a "closed container? Would it be need to be completely sealed or just enclosed to prevent spills?

ceann Mon, 2017-10-23 18:59
The container must be closed but does not have to be air tight. When water is added to the container, any liquids and/or solids must stay within the closed container and no one can be physically exposed to them.

What differentiates a chemical from a mechanical task (in reference to a timing mechanism)?

What differentiates a chemical from a mechanical task (in reference to a timing mechanism)?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 12:46
For timing purposes, If a chemical reaction causes a mechanical action, once the mechanical action initiates the next action, no more chemical timing points can be earned even if the reaction continues.

What is considered a "controlled" flame?

What is considered a "controlled" flame?

ceann Thu, 2017-11-02 20:03
For the purposes of Mission Possible, a “controlled” flame is one in which the fuel source for the flame is limited so that the produced is kept as small as possible but still capable of carrying out the required action. The flame should be shielded from the rest of the device so that it only impacts upon the intended target so that it completes the specified task and does not provide a fire hazard to the rest of the device. Furthermore, the flame should burn out quickly, not produce any additional flames, and produce a limited amount of smoke. Participants are reminded that the Mission Possible event will be held indoors in room equipped with smoke detectors and it is the expectation that a Mission Possible device does NOT set them off. Event supervisors are encouraged to conduct a safety pre-check of all devices to make sure that no identifiable safety hazards are present. Fuel sources such as flammable liquids or gases, chemicals such as magnesium ribbon, and compounds such as gunpowder are unsafe and should not be permitted in a device. If the event supervisor has any doubt they are encouraged to err on the side of caution.

What is defined as "water"? Saltwater?

What is defined as "water"? Saltwater?

ceann Mon, 2017-10-23 19:22
Water is defined as, "a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H 2 O." Salt water would not qualify as water being added into the container.

Will teams be allowed to use microcontrollers, arduinos, integrated circuits, etc.?

Will teams be allowed to use microcontrollers, arduinos, integrated circuits, etc.?

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 19:43
Yes, but they can only activate one action and must comply with all the rules including taking no more than 10 seconds to activate an action. They may not be used to control multiple actions. They are considered an adjustable object therefore are only allowed in one transfer per microcontroller, Arduino, integrated circuit, etc.

Would turning off an electric motor (in order to comply with the 10 second limit), be considered a "dead-end action?"

Would turning off an electric motor (in order to comply with the 10 second limit), be considered a "dead-end action?"

ceann Tue, 2017-11-14 10:55
If the motor is turned off just to do that and not to score any additional points, then it would be allowed. If a team tries to gain more points by this action, then it would not be allowed.

Mousetrap Vehicle

Mousetrap Vehicle

admin Mon, 2017-08-07 15:25

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?

ceann Tue, 2017-10-17 14:46
The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final.