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2019 Science Olympiad Rules Clarifications/Changes
Anatomy & Physiology - 9/17/18 (Divisions B&C) 3.a.iii. should read, edits in bold: Starling's forces in the capillaries (not Startling's)
Astronomy - 9/17/18 (Division C) 3.c.vi. should read, edits in bold: SN2014J (was missing the J)
Boomilever - 11/19/18 (Divisions B&C) 3.e. should read, edits in bold: Before and throughout loading, no portion of the Boomilever may touch the testing wall below the Contact Depth Line which is
more than 20 cm (Div. B) or 15 cm (Div. C) below the center of the hole for the Mounting Hook (5.a.iii.). (more than has been removed from the text)
Mission Possible - 10/5/18 (Division C) 4.b.iv. should read, edits in bold: Add water to a container to raise a standard, unmodified golf ball located in the same container at least 5 cm so that the golf ball rolls out of the top of the container and initiates the next action.
Mousetrap Vehicle - 11/19/18 (Division C) 7.a. should read, edits in bold: The Lowest Final Score wins. The better of the 2 Run Scores is the Final Score. (the word better replaces the word lower)
Protein Modeling - 9/19/18 (Division C) Two changes:
1. DESCRIPTION, should read, edits in bold: Students will use computer visualization and online resources to construct physical models of the CRISPR Cas9 protein and Anti-CRISPR protein that are being engineered to edit plant and animal cell genomes, and answer a series of questions about the chemistry of protein folding and the interaction of structure and function for model proteins.
3. THE COMPETITION Part I: The Pre-Built Model, a. should read, edits in bold: Participants will use the program Jmol/JSmol to visualize a model of residues 1-85 of the Anti-CRISPR protein, based on the coordinate data found in the 5vw1.pdb file. The 5vw1.pdb file can be accessed for free from the RCSB Protein Data Bank (www.rcsb.org). Jmol/JSmol can be accessed here for free.
Roller Coaster - 9/24/18 (Division B) 2c. should read, edits in bold: Participants without eye protection will not compete and will be awarded participation points only. (removed "ranked in Tier 4" as there is no Tier 4 for 2019)
Sounds of Music - 10/11/18 (Division C) 3.Part II.f.ii should read, edits in bold: Participants will play one pitch at a time, holding it for a duration of 5 seconds as indicated by signals from the event supervisor. For devices with a quick decay time, multiple attacks on the pitch are allowed (for example, striking a bar multiple times with a mallet or plucking a string). The pitch measurement will be the average value during the 5 seconds. Participants will wait until the supervisor records the measured pitch frequency and indicates that they may proceed before playing the next note in the sequence. (average replaces best)