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Division B Rules Clarifications

All Rulings on this page, which includes rulings from Nationals and New Jersey, are BINDING at ALL New Jersey tournaments.
A copy of all published clarifications will be provided to event officials at each tournament.

Unpublished Judgements are NOT binding at New Jersey Tournaments and are at the event official's discretion.


Rules clarifications for the 2018 New Jersey State Finale Tournaments closed on Friday March 2, 2018


Event rules for ALL Science Olympiad events in the 2018 Official Rules Manuals supersede any and all materials found at the "Science Olympiad Student Center Wiki" or anywhere else online. The "Science Olympiad Student Center Wiki" is not maintained by National Science Olympiad.


Anatomy & Physiology - Battery Buggy - Crime Busters - Disease Detectives - Dynamic Planet - Ecology

Experimental Design - Fast Facts - Herpetology - Hovercraft - Indoor Bottle Rocket - Meteorology - Microbe Mission

Optics - Potions and Poisons - Road Scholar - Roller Coaster - Thermodynamics - Towers - Wright Stuff


Anatomy and Physiology

ARE 2 SINGLE-SIDED PAGES OF A CHEAT SHEET ALLOWED IN SHEET PROTECTORS? (INSTEAD OF 1 DOUBLE-SIDED PAPER)

No, only 1 sheet of paper printed on front and back is allowed for specific events. Teams may not bring 2 sheets of paper printed on 1 side, even if they are stapled together or in a sheet protector. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)


Battery Buggy

Rules Manual Error

7.b. should read, edits in bold: Each Run Score is the sum of four (4) components: Time Score, Distance Score, Center Line Bonus and Penalties. (26-Nov-2017)

(Section: 3 / Paragraph: b / Line: 2)

ARE 1.20V NIMH RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES ALLOWED FOR BATTERY BUGGY B?

Yes, 1.20 V NiMH rechargeable batteries are allowed if they are labeled as AA and a voltage not exceeding 1.5 V. Please see the Science Olympiad Battery Policy found at https://www.soinc.org/join/policies (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: e / Line: 2)

ARE CAPACITORS PERMITTED IN ADDITION TO THE COMPONENTS LISTED ("BATTERIES, WIRES, MOTORS, SWITCHES, RESISTORS, POTENTIOMETERS & MECHANICAL RELAYS") AS ONE WAS INCLUDED IN THE WARDS SCIENCE BATTERY BUGGY KIT? 

No, capacitors are not permitted. Wards erroneously included the capacitors in the kits. They have since removed them from their kits.  (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: f / Line: 1)

ARE LASERS CONSIDERED ELECTRIC? OR - DO THEY COMPLY WITH THE "NON-ELECTRIC SIGHTING/AIMING DEVICES" RULE?

Lasers are 'electric' and therefore may not be used. Any sighting/aiming devices using electricity are considered electric and would be prohibited. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: e / Line: 1)

ARE PROGRAMMABLE DEVICES ARE ALLOWED?

No, programmable devices are not allowed. Rule 3.e. explicitly limits electrical components to ONLY those listed, and programmable devices use components not allowed by this rule. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: e / Line: 2)

CAN A TIMER RELAY BE USED? 

If the timer relay is entirely mechanical then, yes. But If the timer relay has any capacitors, integrated circuits, or other components that are not explicitly permitted by rule, then answer is no. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: b / Line: 2)

MAY BATTERY PACKS BE USED IN PLACE OF INDIVIDUAL AA 1.5 VOLT BATTERIES?

No. They must be individual AA batteries as specified in the rules. Battery packs are not allowed. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: g / Line: 1)

WHEN IT SAYS "WHEELS AND THEIR ENTIRETY" DOES IT MEAN JUST THE WHEELS NEED TO FIT IN THE 30CM X 60CM SPACE, OR THE WHEELS AND THE STRUCTURE. 

The rules state that "the wheels IN their entirety"; only the wheels need to fit in the 30cm x 60cm space. Axles or other structures may protrude outside the 30cm x 60cm space. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: b / Line: 2)

CAN A "BATTERY PACK" BE FORMED BY WIRING AA BATTERIES IN SERIES AND SIMPLY WRAPPING THEM AS LONG AS THE LABELS OF INDIVIDUAL AA BATTERIES ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE?

If you are asking whether you can wire the 8 AA 1.5 V batteries in series or parallel or a combination of both, nothing in the rules says you cannot. So yes, you can make your own battery pack, as long as the vehicle has no more than a total of 8 AA batteries and all of their labels that say "AA 1.5 V" is clearly visible. (04-Feb-2018)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: e / Line: 2)

CAN A SMALL DIODE (LIGHTS ON/OFF) WITH A RESISTER BE USED? THE DIODE WILL LIGHTS ON WHEN ELECTRICAL SWITCH PRESSED (TURNS ON) AND LIGHTS OFF WHEN SWITCH IS OFF.

No. Diodes (a semiconductor device) are not listed in the allowable electrical components in rule 3.e. (04-Feb-2018)

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(Section: 1 / Line: 1)

CAN WE USE ARDUINO?

No. Arduino microcontrollers have electrical and electronic components beyond those allowed in the list in rule 3.e. (04-Feb-2018)

 


Crime Busters

(Section: 2 & 3 / Paragraph: a & c / Sub-Paragraph: xi & i / Line: 1)

NEW THIS YEAR ARE CONDUCTIVITY TESTERS, WHICH COULD BE USED AS A TEST FOR DISTILLED WATER VS H2O2. THE UNKNOWN LIQUIDS ONLY CALL IT OUT AS "WATER." CAN WE GET AN UPDATE THAT SPECIFIES THIS AS EITHER TAP WATER OR DISTILLED WATER.

This will be up to the individual Event Supervisor as to whether they provide Distilled Water or Tap Water as on unknown. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: c / Sub-Paragraph: iii / Line: 1)

THE UNKNOWN LIQUID "WATER" IS NOT SPECIFIED AS DISTILLED OR NON-DISTILLED. WITH THE ADDITION THIS YEAR OF A CONDUCTIVITY TESTER, THIS BECOMES A NEEDED CLARIFICATION.

The type of water does not need to be specified for Crime Busters, it will be up to the event supervisor. There is no specific use for the conductivity tester in Crime Busters. The conductivity tester is listed in the kit for the ease of teams to have 1 kit that can be used for all Chemistry events without having to take anything out or add something for a specific event. Teams will use some items and won't use other items depending upon the event. (26-Nov-2017)

Disease Detectives

ARE 2 SINGLE-SIDED PAGES OF A CHEAT SHEET ALLOWED IN SHEET PROTECTORS? (INSTEAD OF 1 DOUBLE-SIDED PAPER)

No, only 1 sheet of paper printed on front and back is allowed for specific events. Teams may not bring 2 sheets of paper printed on 1 side, even if they are stapled together or in a sheet protector. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)


Dynamic Planet

(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragrph: I / Line: 1)

"GEOPHYSICAL TOOLS TO OBTAIN DATA TO INTERPRET PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF THE EARTH." THIS ITEM IS A LITTLE VAGUE - CAN YOU SUPPLY A LIST OF TOOLS, OR AT LEAST AN IDEA OF WHAT KIND OF TOOLS, THAT SHOULD BE COVERED?

By far the most important geophysical tool for revealing earth's structure is seismography. Students should be familiar with both natural and controlled-source methods, how they work, and what they reveal, at a minimum. Additional important tools include magnetometry, gravimetry, and ground-penetrating radar. There are more, but these are the ones most likely to be assessed in the event. (04-Feb-2018)


Ecology

ARE 2 SINGLE-SIDED PAGES OF A CHEAT SHEET ALLOWED IN SHEET PROTECTORS? (INSTEAD OF 1 DOUBLE-SIDED PAPER)

No, only 1 sheet of paper printed on front and back is allowed for specific events. Teams may not bring 2 sheets of paper printed on 1 side, even if they are stapled together or in a sheet protector. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

Are sticky notes allowed to be added on to the double-sided sheet of paper?

No, sticky notes are not allowed to be added to the double-sided sheet of paper. (14-Dec-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: b / Sub-Paragraph: i / Line: 1)

CAN CHAPARRAL BE INCLUDED AS NORTH AMERICAN "DESERTS AND GRASSLANDS" BECAUSE MUCH OF THE ASSOCIATED VEGETATION TYPES ARE GRASSES? ALTERNATIVELY, SOMETIMES THEY ARE LIKE DESERTS WHEN THE CAN GO LONG PERIODS WITHOUT RAIN.

Yes, chaparral is included in the deserts and grasslands biomes for ecology this year. (26-Nov-2017)

Experimental Design

(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Paragraph: C / Line: 1)

IS A T-SQUARE CONSIDERED A LINEAR MEASURING DEVICE?

As long as it has regular markings along only one axis of the t-square, yes, it would be considered a linear measuring device. A carpenter square or framing square is marked along two axes and would not be allowed. (04-Feb-2018)

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(Section: 2 / Paragraph: C / Line: 1)

WHAT IS A LINEAR MEASURING DEVICE (THE RULES ARE VAGUE)?

A linear measuring device is any item marked are regular, standard intervals suitable for measuring length. It must have markings in only one dimension (ruler, meter stick, tape measure, caliper, etc). A carpenter's square would not qualify as it has markings along two dimensions. (04-Feb-2018)


Fast Facts

(Section: 3 / Paragraph: h / Line: 1)

IF THE CATEGORY IS PLANETS, WOULD DWARF PLANETS BE CONSIDERED A PLANET?

The Event Supervisors (ES) who constructs the grid will be the final arbiter of the correct answer for the grid. ES are encouraged to select categories that are not vague to avoid confusion as this could have a very narrow interpretation to some people while having a very broad interpretation to others. In this case, by choosing a category like “Names of Planets” or “Terms related to planets” the participants would have a much better understanding of acceptable answer choices. ES should select letters that have acceptable answers. ES should also try to avoid choosing letters that have misleading answer choices for the participants. (26-Nov-2017)

Herpetology

(Section: 3 / Paragraph: b / Line: 1)

ARE QUESTIONS ALLOWED TO BE ABOUT THE SPECIES, OR ONLY THE GENUS? 

Questions should only be related to genus. Species is not on the 2018 Official National Herpetology List. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: d / Line: 3

WILL THE SOUNDS NEED TO BE IDENTIFIED TO THE GENUS LEVEL OR SPECIES LEVEL? 

Either level. Sounds of only a few very distinctive organisms (mostly anurans) may be used. Vocalizations are not always similar for all individual species within the genus. However, there are several genera that can be readily recognized (and might be asked). Either questions might be used. (26-Nov-2017)


Hovercraft

(Section: 3 / Paragraph: g / Line: 1)

IN SECTION 3.G, IT IMPLIES THAT DIODES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN TERMS OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS. WOULD THIS RULE OUT LEDS, WHICH ARE LIGHT EMITTING DIODES?

Yes, you are correct. Diodes, including LEDs, are not allowed. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: f / Line: 4)

SINCE LITHIUM BATTERIES ARE PROHIBITED, ARE NIMH BATTERIES ALLOWED BECAUSE SOME CONTAIN SMALL AMOUNTS OF LITHIUM?

Yes, batteries such as NiCad and NiMH batteries which may contain small amounts of lithium are still permitted for use. Please see the complete Science Olympiad Battery Policy found at https://www.soinc.org/join/policies (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: g / Line: 2)

THE RULES PROHIBIT INTEGRATED CIRCUITS BUT ALLOW MECHANICAL RELAYS. ARE TIME-DELAY MECHANICAL RELAYS THAT CONTAIN ICS ALLOWED?

No. Time-delayed mechanical relays are not allowed because they contain integrated circuits which are not included in the list of allowed electrical components. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)


Indoor Bottle Rocket

State Championship Only: The MCC Gym Dimensions are 255' x 143' x 28' and will be shared with other events. There is sufficient space for all events. It is not possible to retrieve any devices that get stuck in the beams. We cannot control the ventilation system in the event room and we cannot control entry/exit to the room.

Decisions regarding when a flight has ended will solely be within the judgement of the event officials and cannot be challenged as this judgement can only be made by those witnessing the flight. (04-Feb-2018)


Meteorology

(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)


Microbe Mission

ARE 2 SINGLE-SIDED PAGES OF A CHEAT SHEET ALLOWED IN SHEET PROTECTORS? (INSTEAD OF 1 DOUBLE-SIDED PAPER)

No, only 1 sheet of paper printed on front and back is allowed for specific events. Teams may not bring 2 sheets of paper printed on 1 side, even if they are stapled together or in a sheet protector. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)


Optics

CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT ONLY

The Optics event at the Camden County College Regional Tournament will be EXAM ONLY. We apologize for this late change. (03-Jan-2018)

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(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)


Potions and Poisons

(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)


Road Scholar

(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)

Roller Coaster

Rules Manual Error

5.c. should read, edits in bold: Height Score = (100 - device height). The device height is measured in cm at the highest part of the device measured from the floor or the table (if used) rounded down to the nearest cm. (17-Sep-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: b / Line: 1)

CAN COMMERCIAL ROLLER COASTER TRACK BE USED? IN OTHER WORDS, CAN WE PURCHASE AND USE MARBLE TRACK FROM A KIT?

Nothing in the rules specifically prohibits use of parts from a commercial kit. However, in the spirit of SO, the overall design should be yours, not a simple kit assembly. Whether your design is sufficiently different from a commercial kit will ultimately be the judgment of the event supervisor during impound. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: f / Line: 2)

CAN THE FINISH LINE BE SET ON A TRACK AFFIXED TO A BOARD THAT MIGHT BE ADJUSTED OR DOES IT HAVE TO BE ON A PIECE OF TRACK THAT IS UNMOVABLE?

Yes, the finish line can be on a board that is adjustable with respect to the rest of the device. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: i / Line: 3)

WHAT DOES "GAPS MUST HAVE A HORIZONTAL SPAN OF AT LEAST 5.0 CM " MEAN. DOES THIS MEAN THE TRACK ( VEHICLE LEAVES AND VEHICLE LAND) HAS TO BE ON THE SAME LEVEL? OR LAUNCHING TRACK CAN BE HIGHER AND LANDING TRACK CAN BE LOWER?

No, the tracks do not have to be on the same level. The "launching" track may be higher than the "landing" track. Measurement is the horizontal change, not the vertical/angular distance, from the end of the "launching" track to the start of the "landing" track. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 2 / Paragraph: a / Line: 1)

WHEN IT SAYS, "A VEHICLE (I.E. A BALL OR SPHERE)", CAN WE BRING AN ACTUAL VEHICLE SUCH AS A TOY CAR, OR DO WE HAVE TO ONLY BRING A BALL OR SPHERE?

No, only a ball or spherical object is allowed. (26-Nov-2017)

Thermodynamics

(Section: 2 / Line: 1)

WHAT IS MEANT BY "A CALCULATOR DEDICATED TO COMPUTATION" AND ARE THERE SPECIFIC CALCULATOR MODELS THAT ARE ALLOWED?

The phrase “…a calculator dedicated to computation…” refers to a standalone or dedicated calculator. With these calculators their functionality is limited to mathematical calculations or associated activities such as running simple computational programs or producing graphs. This means that digital or electronic calculators such as those found as an application on a computer, tablet, watch, or cellular phone are not permitted for use in Science Olympiad events. In some events there are no limits to the functionality that the calculator may possess. In other events, the calculators may not have features that allow them to run programs or create graphs. With the ever-changing landscape around calculators and other personal electronic devices Science Olympiad is not in the position to be able to review and permission specific calculator manufacturers or specific calculator models. In every case, the decisions of the Event Supervisors concerning the acceptability of a specific calculator type for an event at a tournament shall be considered final. (26-Nov-2017)

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(Section: 3 / Paragraph: f / Line: 1)

IS A THERMOS TYPE DEVICE ALLOWED, I.E. A METAL CHAMBER WITH A VACUUM, A YETI TYPE CONTAINER, HYDRO FLASK, ETC??

Yes, however, the container device must: 1) meet every other rule, including the insertion of the beaker and having a 1.5cm unobstructed hole, 2) be altered from its original purchased state by having a substantial modification to it, and 3) Note per rule 3.f. event supervisors may request that the device be disassembled, which would include looking inside any layers of containers, vacuum chambers, etc. (26-Nov-2017)


Towers

(Section: 6 / Paragraph: c / Line: 2)

DOES THE TOWER NEED TO HOLD THE BUCKET TO EARN THE BONUS?

Yes, the tower must hold the bucket to earn the bonus. Teams will not receive the Load Score Bonus (6.c.) if their Tower breaks prior to loading sand which is defined as sand being added to the bucket either by pulling the lever of the hopper or the participants attempting to pour sand into the bucket. These teams will have the mass of the Loading Block Assembly used as their Load Score (6.b.) for the purposes of determining the final event score (6.a.). (20-Feb-2018)

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(Section: 6 / Paragraph: B / Sub-Paragraph: I / Line: 1)

IF A TOWER FAILS WHEN THE LOADING BLOCK ASSEMBLY IS PLACED (AND THE TOWER MEETS ALL DIMENSIONAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS), DOES THE TOWER RECEIVE THE MINIMUM MASS (THE LOADING BLOCK ASSEMBLY) AND/OR ARE THEY SUBJECT TO TIER 2-4?

The minimum load scored is that of the Loading Block Assembly (6.b, 5.b). So if a tower cannot support the Loading Block Assembly it must be scored in Tier 4; unable to be loaded. If the tower supports only the Loading Block Assembly, then the tower is scored in the appropriate tier (1, 2, 3) and the weight of the Loading Block Assembly is scored. (20-Feb-2018)

Wright Stuff

Room Dimensions

NJIT Regional Only: The Namoli Center dimensions are 200' x 107'. 16' 8" high at the lowest point and 33' high at the peak. This event space will be shared with the Helicopters event. It is not possible to retrieve any devices that get stuck in the beams. We cannot control the ventilation system in the event room and we cannot control entry/exit to the room.

State Championship Only: The MCC Gym Dimensions are 255' x 143' x 28' and will be shared with other events. There is sufficient space for all events. It is not possible to retrieve any devices that get stuck in the beams. We cannot control the ventilation system in the event room and we cannot control entry/exit to the room.

Decisions regarding when a flight has ended will solely be within the judgement of the event officials and cannot be challenged as this judgement can only be made by those witnessing the flight. (26-Nov-2017)

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CAN BLACK SPRAY PAINT BE USED INSTEAD OF BLACK MARKER IF IT IS COMPARABLE IN DARKNESS TO BLACK MARKER?

No, the rules state "black marker or black tissue". (26-Nov-2017)

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE 3D PRINTED PARTS FOR AN AIRCRAFT (PLA, ABS, ETC, BUT NOT BORON FILAMENTS)?

Yes, 3D printed parts are allowed. (26-Nov-2017)

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ARE STUDENTS ALLOWED TO CHECK IN MORE MOTORS (RUBBER BANDS) THAN THEY CHECK IN AIRCRAFT?

Yes, students may check in multiple motors, there is no specific limit. (13-Dec-2017)