(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.