(section: 2 / line: 1)
No. Webcams are not allowed during the competition.
(section: 2 / paragraph: 1 / line: 1)
Yes this is allowed.
(section: 2 / paragraph: 1 / sub-paragraph: 1 / line: 1)
Yes, tablets are included in the classification of a "computer".
(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: 3 / paragraph: 1 / line: 4)
Carcharodon. Due to the debatable taxonomic assignment of C. megalodon to either Carcharodon or Carcharocles, questions on evolutionary history of C. megalodon should not appear on Science Olympiad fossil events. Questions about C. megalodon should be limited to the interpretation of the species.
(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: 2 / line: 2)
Yes. Each student may bring in any type of ruler.
(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: 3d / line: 1-2)
No it would not be considered a penalty. Students are allowed to use letters that fit within the context of the written description.
(section: not su / line: not su)
If a student continues writing after time has been called the event supervisor does have the authority to assess penalty points based on the level of infraction and total points (see General Rules - 1st paragraph). The team should not be Tiered or Disqualified from the event for continuing to write after time is called unless the student displays unsportsmanlike conduct. The event supervisor could also delete/cross out all of the words written by the student after time was called.
(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: j / line: 1)
Yes a drill may be used as a tool and it does NOT need to be impounded. Please keep in mind that power outlets might not be available close to the competition area.
(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: d / line: 2)
Correct, if teams choose to use the max 80cm size, they are then limited in the orientations they may place the device in. Smaller devices will have more possible orientations available.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 2)
No, the triggering device separates itself from the launch device. Any parts remaining that are attached to the launching device after a shot are considered part of the launching device and must follow Rule 4c.
Correction – Yes, the triggering device may stay attached to the mass after 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.
The balls should be of the type listed in Rule 3f. In the case of beer pong balls, if the original packaging somewhere states they are 'ping pong' balls, they are acceptable. Teams should bring the original packaging if there is a question.
(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: d / line: 2)
No, there is no penalty for contacting the sand etc. The sand etc. is not part of the target. It's purpose is to identify where the projectile landed. Teams should avoid touching it though as it could cause a false mark to appear that makes it difficult for the event supervisor to measure the point of impact.
(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: i / line: 1)
There is only 1 location for the bucket which is the same for all teams and all launches.
(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.
Yes, as long as the holes are filled with a fastener used to attach a blade. No holes or slots may be used for the purpose of reducing the mass of the CD.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 2)
No, this would not be a modification of the CD. Light sanding to create a rough surface for gluing purposes only where the blade is mounted is fine. Sanding the whole CD is not allowed. The local event supervisor will determine if a modification has been made to the CD.
(section: 3 / paragraph: f / line: 1-2)
The limitation is only for the side of the CD that is facing the motor/generator.
(section: 4 / paragraph: f / line: 2)
It will be measured just prior to the measurement period starting. The measurement period will not begin if it is closer than 5cm. There is no other penalty.
(section: 4 / paragraph: G / line: 2)
Yes, see 4.f. They may push the blades by hand to initially get them spinning but they may not touch the blade assembly during the measurement period.
and initially get them spinning.
(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: 4.f. / line: 5)
(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: a / line: 2)
Per rule 5.b.ii. Teams may place the Test Support in one of the Bearing Zones, it does not need to be exactly on the 35 cm line.
(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: 3 / paragraph: f / line: 1)
Yes, this is allowed.
(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: b,c,d / sub-paragraph: n/a / line: 4,6-11)
(section: 2 / paragraph: c,e / line: 1)
Yes, this would be allowed.
(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: 1)
Yes, but they must be behind the start line during each run.
(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.
(section: 3 / line: 2)
Yes. Key to passive is that when detached the end effector may not move or perform functions on its own. In other words, you may not drop off a little car that moves around the field on its own to move an object. It also should not have its own stored source of energy.
(section: 7 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
Completely supported means that ultimately, the weight of the object is transferred to the playing field only by passing through the egg carton. So if an end effector, other object etc is itself fully supported by the carton, another object fully supported by one or more other object fully supported by the egg carton is considered supported by the egg carton even if it does not touch the egg carton. Note, if this interim object is supported by two egg cartons, any object supported by it is NOT fully supported by any one carton and would not be scored in a carton.
(section: 7 / paragraph: i / line: 1)
No. The items are defined in para 5d and do not include the dice. The dice are listed in para 5e and are not part of the items. Therefore the dice do NOT count towards the second tie breaker.
(section: 4 / paragraph: c / line: 1, 2)
No, each glider or plane does not require its own flight log. The purpose of a flight log is to keep a continuous record of all flights of the gliders or planes you have built and tested.