(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
Yes, the boomilever may rest against the mounting hook.
(section: 3 / paragraph: d / line: 1)
Please refer to the posted Rules Clarification.
The rule does not state that the loading block must be at of above 5cm below the contact depth during the loading. Testing will continue until failure of the Boomilever which is defined in 5.f.line 3.
(section: 3g,h / line: 1)
Dowels are allowed as long as they are made of wood and meet the requirements of rule 3.g.
(section: 5 / paragraph: j / line: all)
Failure is defined specifically in rule 5.j. Rule 3.a. defines the construction parameters of the structure, not what happens to the structure during loading. Therefore, if a piece breaks off the structure during loading and the structure is still supporting the load, loading will continue until failure occurs as defined in 5.j.
(section: 2 / line: 1)
No, lasers are not allowed. They are not one of the listed legal components in rule 3.i.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 2)
No, because batteries must be factory sealed, thus there is no action you can perform to initiate the chemical energy input to the transfer and per Rule 3.g. "All scoreable actions and transfers must be visible...."
(section: 3 / paragraph: i / line: 1)
No, Lasers are not allowed in the devices per the Science Olympiad Laser policy found on the website http://www.soinc.org/lasers The first sentence of the policy rules them out for Mission Possible, "Laser levels, pointers and other laser devices are intended to be operated under the control of a human operator at all times."
(section: 3 / paragraph: j / line: 1)
Yes, these are considered a continuous electrical action intended to take up time and is not legal.
(section: 3 / paragraph: m / line: 1)
Correct, any type of homemade batteries are not allowed per rule 3.m. A battery is defined as a device that utilizes a chemical reaction to generate voltage and current. Note that chemical reactions that result in a change in resistance are allowable in devices.
(section: 4 / line: 3)
No, but some sort of light must be switched on per rule 4.g.
(section: 4 / line: a)
The team members choose what items are used and how many of each item for the Start Task.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
Each team brings their own items for the Start Task.
A mixture is an aggregate of 2 or more different substances therefore teams may use only 2 of the 3 items in their mixture.
(section: 4 / paragraph: F / line: 1 & 2 )
A container by definition must be capable of holding, restraining, and containing its contents (i.e. golf tees, paper clips, and/or marbles) in the container's volume or area. Containers may have modifications as long as they meet the definition of a container and comply with the rules. While the containers do not have to be removable from the device, a key test would be the question, "if the container was moved outside of the device, would the contents remain in the container?"
(section: 2 / paragraph: c / line: 3)
No. Vehicles are not allowed to start on ramps and the vehicle cannot be the falling mass. If the wheels are not touching the floor in the “ready to run” configuration then they would not be allowed to touch the floor after the run has begun since it would be in violation of the rules (see FAQ posted on 12/22/13).
(section: 2 / paragraph: H / line: 1)
Only the wheels of the Scrambler and any parts of the Scrambler in contact with the floor at the ready to run configuration are allowed to contact the floor. If any piece falls off the Scrambler during the run, it is a construction violation. Therefore the falling mass cannot touch the ground at any time.
(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
Yes and no. The tape for the start line - correct. The other tapes are really up to the event supervisor as long as timing begins exactly 0.2 m from the start line and ends 8.2 m away from the start line. The Event Supervisor will let the team members know which edge of the tape correspond to each of the lines specified in the rules. Finally, yes the inside edge of the side tape should defined the track width.
(section: 3 / paragraph: c / line: 2)
Yes, any type of thread may be used to attache the functional components.
(section: 3 / paragraph: d / line: 1)
Yes. If ballast falls off during the flight, timing will stop when the ballast touches the ground. Ballast does not need to be permanently attached. If the event supervisor feels ballast changes, repairs, or other modifications have potentially made the glider over or underweight, the glider should be reconfirmed prior to any remaining flights.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 1)
Wing span is the projected span, wings level, projected on a horizontal plane, tip to tip. It is usually measured with a simple gage and has to pass through a 28.0 cm gap (parallel edges) without touching. Think of the gage as physically representing two parallel lines spaced 28 cm apart. Glider must pass when the tips are oriented to a plane orthogonal to both lines.
(section: 3 / paragraph: f / line: 1,2)
Yes, A glider may have a propeller as long as there is no power source for the propeller, provided it is made from the allowed materials (3.c.), and meets the blunt nose requirement (3.f.) Also, remember elastic is only permitted as part of the launch handle and is not permitted on the glider.
(section: 3 / paragraph: g / line: 1)
A launch handle is an object attached to the elastic used to propel the glider as long as it follows the parameters defined in the rules. Examples are, but not limited to: a small stick, pencil, pen, dowel, or something more complex.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
Yes, this rule applies to Open Practice the day of competition. The rule is specific including trimming, practicing and competing. Coaches & students are not allowed to interact in the cordoned off practice area the day of the competition.
(section: 4 / paragraph: g / line: 1)
Yes provided it is safe and meets the size and construction requirements (3g.) and is operated by a single competitor at floor level (4g.)
The student must be in direct contact with the floor and not on another raised suface (chair, ladder, bleachers, balcony, etc). There is mo requirement as to posture: standing, kneeling, sitting, prone at chose of the competitor.
(section: 4 / paragraph: k / line: 2)
Yes, your hand holding the elastic may be the launch handle.
(section: 5 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
There are two horizontal aerodynamic surfaces in elastic launch gliders. The larger surface is the primary source of lift and is considered the "wing." The smaller is a stabilization source and is considered the "horizontal stabilizer." Canard configurations place the horizontal stabilizer in front of the wing (reverse that of traditional layouts.) No aerodynamic surfaces may be behind the main wing.
Yes, a vertical fin may be at the rear of the glider for a canard as long as it does not provide any lift.