# Rules Clarifications

Clarifications & FAQs open September 19 and close May 3. Official Rules Clarifications/Changes are made to correct the rules in the Science Olympiad Rules Manuals. FAQs are replies to commonly asked questions. If a FAQ reply changes the meaning or corrects a rule it will be posted as a Clarification. The Official Rules Clarifications and FAQs apply to all states and all tournaments and originate at the National level (please check your Regional or State Website for special updates pertaining to your regional or state events). Click here to view Event FAQs or to Submit a Question. The official event rules can be found in the Science Olympiad Rules Manual free online and in print versions; each registered member must join through their state Science Olympiad organization to participate.

### 2024 Science Olympiad Rules Clarifications/Changes

Science Olympiad is issuing Rules Clarifications/Changes for the following competitive events that should be applied to all competitions for the 2024 Season:

**Chemistry Lab - Division C (09/21/2023)**

This Rule Clarification corrects an example of a possible task or assessment prompt that may be featured in this event.

__Rule with Error__

Section 3.d.v.: Use a calorimeter to predict a curve.

__Corrected Rule__

Section 3.d.v.: Use a ~~calorimeter~~ **colorimeter** to predict a curve.

**Detector Building - Division C (09/14/2023)**

This Rule Clarification corrects two omissions in the description of the types of calculators that are allowed in this event.

__Rule with Omissions__

Section 2.a.: Each team may bring one participant-constructed, **ORP or Redox probe** with a laptop or a calculator for programming/display, two calculators of any type, and one 2” or smaller three-ring binder, as measured by the interior diameter of the rings, containing information in any form and from any source. Sheet protectors, lamination, tabs and labels are permitted.

__Corrected Rule__

Section 2.a.: Each team may bring one participant-constructed, ORP or Redox probe with a laptop or a **stand-alone **calculator for programming/display, two **stand-alone** calculators of any type, and one 2” or smaller three-ring binder, as measured by the interior diameter of the rings, containing information in any form and from any source. Sheet protectors, lamination, tabs and labels are permitted.

**Dynamic Planet - Division B (09/14/2023)**

This Rule Clarification corrects the information provided in the Calculator Matrix on page 80 of the Division B Rulebook to make it consistent with the information provided in Rule 2.b. on page 17 of the Rulebook.

__Rule with Error__

The Calculator Matrix on page 80 of the Division B Rulebook indicates that Class I, Class II, and Class III calculators are allowed in this event.

__Corrected Rule__

To be consistent with the information for Dynamic Planet on page 17, Section 2.b. of the Division B Rulebook the Calculator Matrix on page 80 of the Division B Rulebook indicates that Class I **and **Class II~~, and Class III~~ calculators are allowed in this event.

**Dynamic Planet - Division C (09/14/2023)**

This Rule Clarification corrects the information provided in the Calculator Matrix on page 85 of the Division C Rulebook to make it consistent with the information provided in Rule 2.b. on page 19 of the Rulebook.

__Rule with Error__

The Calculator Matrix on page 85 of the Division C Rulebook indicates that Class I, Class II, and Class III calculators are allowed in this event.

__Corrected Rule__

To be consistent with the information for Dynamic Planet on page 19, Section 2.b. of the Division C Rulebook the Calculator Matrix on page 85 of the Division C Rulebook indicates that Class I **and **Class II~~, and Class III~~ calculators are allowed in this event.

**Flight - Division B (09/05/2023)**

This Rule Clarification corrects an incorrect reference to another section of the Flight Rules.

__Rule with Error__

Section 6.b.: Flight Score for each official flight = Flight Time x Bonus (5.c.)

__Corrected Rule__

Section 6.b.: Flight Score for each official flight = Flight Time x Bonus (~~5.c.~~ **6.c.**)

**Flight - Division C (09/05/2023)**

This Rule Clarification corrects an incorrect reference to another section of the Flight Rules.

__Rule with Error__

Section 6.b.: Flight Score for each official flight = Flight Time x Bonus (5.c.)

__Corrected Rule__

Section 6.b.: Flight Score for each official flight = Flight Time x Bonus (~~5.c.~~ **6.c.**)

**Tower - Division B**

**09/14/2023 Clarification**

This Rule Clarification corrects two spelling errors found in the Rules.

__Rule with Error__

Section 4.b: Division C - Teams may submit a Deisgn Log of structures tested prior ti competition and may earn a Log Book Multiplier if the log is complete.

__Corrected Rule__

Section 4.b: Division C - Teams may submit a ~~Deisgn~~**Design **Log of structures tested prior ~~ti~~**to **competition and may earn a Log Book Multiplier if the log is complete.

**09/05/2023 Clarification**

This Rule Clarification corrects a scoring example by including the correct Load Supported value and recalculating the result.

__Rule with Error__

Section 7.g.iii.: Structure 3: mass = 10.12 g, Load Supported = 12,134 g + 5000 g Load Scored Bonus, Log Compliant Score (1.25x) = 2,116

__Corrected Rule__

Section 7.g.iii.: Structure 3: mass = 10.12 g, Load Supported = ~~12,134~~**15,000** g + 5000 g Load Scored Bonus, Log Compliant Score (1.25x) = ~~2,116~~**2,470**

**Tower - Division C**

**09/14/2023 Clarification**

This Rule Clarification corrects two spelling errors found in the Rules.

__Rule with Error__

Section 4.b: Division C - Teams may submit a Deisgn Log of structures tested prior ti competition and may earn a Log Book Multiplier if the log is complete.

__Corrected Rule__

Section 4.b: Division C - Teams may submit a ~~Deisgn~~**Design **Log of structures tested prior ~~ti~~**to **competition and may earn a Log Book Multiplier if the log is complete.

**09/05/2023 Clarification**

This Rule Clarification corrects a scoring example by including the correct Load Supported value and recalculating the result.

__Rule with Error__

Section 7.g.iii.: Structure 3: mass = 10.12 g, Load Supported = 12,134 g + 5000 g Load Scored Bonus, Log Compliant Score (1.25x) = 2,116

__Corrected Rule__

Section 7.g.iii.: Structure 3: mass = 10.12 g, Load Supported = ~~12,134~~**15,000** g + 5000 g Load Scored Bonus, Log Compliant Score (1.25x) = ~~2,116~~**2,470**

**Wheeled Vehicle - Division B (09/14/2023)**

This Rule Clarification corrects the information provided in the Calculator Matrix on page 80 of the Division B Rulebook to make it consistent with the information provided in Rule 2.b. on page 54 of the Rulebook.

__Rule with Error__

The Calculator Matrix on page 80 of the Division B Rulebook indicates that no calculators are allowed in this event.

__Corrected Rule__

To be consistent with the information for Wheeled Vehicle on page 54, Section 2.b. of the Division B Rulebook the Calculator Matrix on page 80 of the Division B Rulebook indicates that **Class I, Class II, and Class III** calculators are allowed in this event.