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Division B Rules Modifications & 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Unpublished Judgements are NOT binding at New Jersey Tournaments and are at the event official's discretion.


This page lists Rules Clarifications which are specific to NEW JERSEY.
National Rules Clarifications and National FAQs are also binding at New Jersey Tournaments

For National Rules Clarifications please visit https://www.soinc.org/events/rules-clarifications

For National FAQs please visit https://www.soinc.org/division_b_events


Virtual Competition Modification will be added, removed, and modified when needed
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Last Updated 11 February 2021


Anatomy and Physiology

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Circuit Lab

Virtual Competition Modifications
Event will consist of a written exam only. Hands on Testing will not be included. Exam question can include topics about the concepts included in the hands on Testing section. (11 Feb)


Crime Busters

Virtual Competition Modifications
Event will be held as a "Dry Lab". Participants will be provided with pre-generated data for lab activities as described in the event rules that they are then expected to analyze. (11 Feb)


Density Lab

Virtual Competition Modifications
Event will consist of a written exam only. Hands on Testing will not be included. Exam question can include topics about the concepts included in the hands on Testing section. (11 Feb)


Disease Detective

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Dynamic Planet

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Experimental Design

Virtual Competition Modifications
The Event Supervisors will create a Materials List that includes a variety of "Household" or "Dollar Store" items that could be used in combination for several different experiments. This list will be shared with the qualifying teams' coaches prior to the Tournament, and each of the three participants will be expected to have all of these items on hand. When the participants log into the event, they will be given the research question that they have to answer. Teams will use whichever collaboration technology (i.e., a phone call, FaceTime, Meets, Teams) they prefer. When the event time expires, one team member will submit their report for judging. (11 Feb)


Food Science

Virtual Competition Modifications
Event will consist of a written exam only. Hands on Testing will not be included. Exam question can include topics about the concepts included in the hands on Testing section. (11 Feb)


Fossils

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Game On

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Heredity

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Machines

Virtual Competition Modifications
Event will consist of a written exam only. No devices will be constructed or tested. Exam question can include topics related to the device that would have been constructed in a normal on-premises competition. (11 Feb)


Meteorology

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Ornithology

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Reach for the Stars

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Road Scholar

Virtual Competition Modifications
None (11 Feb)


Water Quality

Virtual Competition Modifications
Event will consist of a written exam only. No devices will be constructed or tested. Exam question can include topics related to the device that would have been constructed in a normal on-premises competition. (11 Feb)


Event rules for ALL Science Olympiad events in the 2021 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.