(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: a / line: 1)
The measurements will be for the entire space the device takes up including the walls, floor, and any part of the device that might extend beyond these boundaries during the running of the device. Hence, during the running of the device if anything extended (even temporarily) beyond the stationary boundary the event supervisor will need to remeasure the device.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 1)
If energy is converted it is surely transferred. It can also be transferred without being converted. Energy triggers can count for points. The initial energy can trigger something to cause the next energy to release and it does NOT have to be converted to the final energy for it to count for points.
(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: f / line: 1)
Yes, as long as two actions do not contribute to the task sequence at the same time.
(section: 3 / paragraph: g / line: 1-2)
The rules do not say the every task must be visible to the judges during operation, but tasks need to be verifiable by a judge. If they cannot completely verify a task actually took place, then it might not be counted for points.
(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?"