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Unpublished Judgements are NOT binding at New Jersey Tournaments and are at the event official's discretion.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

Last Updated 08 Apr 2021


Science Olympiad Code of Ethics
The most important part of Science Olympiad is the Science Olympiad Code of Ethics. This is even more true for virtual competition. Virtual competition relies on competitors and coaches being dedicated to following the rules and to competing in an ethical manner. The Scilympiad system keeps a record of when competitors leave the exam window. While an occasional brief out of focus events will happen, if repeated, or extended out of focus events occur, we will investigate to ensure the integrity of the event. (Mar 28)

Event Materials and Calculators
Many events, in their in-person competition formats, allow the competitors to bring various reference materials. These are detailed in the Rules Manual. For example, Ornithology permits a 2" binder of reference materials, or Meteorology allows two 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper with information. The goal of the virtual tournament is to simulate the full Science Olympiad experience as much as possible, thus, the materials allowed in the Rules Manual are what are allowed for the virtual tournament. The only alteration to these rules is that instead of sharing one copy of the reference materials between the students, each competitor is permitted their own copy of the reference materials to facilitate competition from separate locations.

Electronic resources are not permitted unless explicitly allowed in the Rules Manual. Internet access is also not permitted unless explicitly allowed in the Rules Manual. If competitors would not have access to something in an in-person competition environment, they may not use that in the virtual competition environment.

For events which permit the use of a calculator, competitors must leverage the type of calculator permitted by the Rules Manual. Competitors must not use their computer calculator, or cell phone calculator, unless explicitly allowed in the Rules Manual. (Mar 28)

Collaboration Technology
The goal of the virtual tournament is to simulate the full Science Olympiad experience as much as possible, including the ability of the competitors to collaborate on their events. To accomplish this, competitors are permitted, if they wish, to use conferencing technologies (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and/or voice conferencing technology, including telephone calls, to facilitate collaboration during events. The Scilympiad platform also supports chat between competitors. If any such technology is used, we recommend that it be set up and online prior to the start of the event as switching out to enable such technology will be recorded as time out of the exam window by the Scilympiad system. (Mar 28)


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, the team will submit their write-up via Scilympiad (11 Feb)

Materials List (per participant) - (08 Apr)

  • Water (any source, maximum quantity 4 liters)
  • Cooking Oil (any type, whatever is available or cheapest, maximum 0.5 liters)
  • Vinegar (white vinegar preferred but any type is okay, maximum 0.5 liters)
  • Table Salt (any type, maximum 150 mL)
  • Sugar (any type, maximum 150 mL)
  • Honey (any type, maximum 150 mL)
  • Molasses (any type, maximum 150mL)
  • Metal Paper Clips (small or medium size recommended, but any size is okay, whatever is available or cheapest, maximum 100)
  • Coins (pennies and dimes recommended, but any denomination is okay, maximum 30)
  • Measuring Cups (assorted sizes, maximum 5)
  • Spoons (teaspoons, tablespoons, measuring spoons all okay, maximum 5)
  • Ruler (30 cm metric or any available type)
  • String or Yarn (any material, 100 cm maximum)

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.