Inquiry/Nature

Bottle Rocket

(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 2)

2015-11-12 14:07 Is putting light pen marks or lines on the pressure vessel bottle considered physical, thermal, or chemical damage?

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.

Picture This

(section: 3 / paragraph: c / line: 3)

2016-01-16 21:14 The paragraph (3c) about visual cues with hand/body includes a statement that a word can be broken into parts. Does that mean it can be indicated by a visual cue with hand/body? Note there is no written symbol in paragraph 3e for breaking a word.

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)

2016-01-16 21:16 If a word contains a hyphen, can the drawer put one along with lines to show number of words? Thank you.

No. Putting the hyphen along with the line would partly spell the word.

(section: 3 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph: - / line: -)

2015-12-14 10:14 Allowed?Rules state that acceptable symbols are arrows, plus sign or minus sign. Often in competitions students will draw a picture and circle that part of the picture they want the guesser to focus on. In come cases when the entire picture is t...

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.

Experimental Design - Div B

(section: 2 / line: 2)

2016-02-20 12:23 Can students bring a meter stick in addition to a ruler?

Yes. Each student may bring in any type of ruler.

(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 1)

2016-01-16 20:22 Rule 4.e. requests to list all materials used. Should the list of used materials be only a subset of materials provided in Rule 3.a? Should student list goggle, pen, paper, stop watch, ruler, calculator or number of participants in the experiment?

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.

Write It Do It - Div B

(section: 2 / paragraph: a / line: 1)

2016-01-06 22:05 Do "scientific symbols" include math symbols, such as the circle symbol for degrees or the angle symbol?

Yes, these symbols are allowed as long as they fit within the context of the written description.

(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 4)

2016-01-06 22:08 May students use abbreviations that appear as keys on th standard keyboard, e.g. &, # and @ ?

Yes, this year's rules allow these types of abbreviations without defining them.

(section: 2 / paragraph: b. / line: 4-7)

2016-01-06 21:47 With the elimination of the keyboard requirement, is it acceptable to underline or circle words? What about arrows?

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)

2016-01-15 22:07 How do drawings or diagrams of items such as a compass rose, clock-face, or any other drawing or diagram be scored?

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)

2016-02-27 12:51 If a student writes something like "Shape the pipe cleaner in the shape of the letter 'L'." in their instructions, is that considered either a diagram or a picture of the model, with a commensurate penalty?

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)

2016-03-02 21:38 What is the penalty for writing over-time?

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.