Fun Facts

National FAQ: If the category is planets, would dwarf planets be considered a planet? (section: 3 / paragraph: h / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Dynamic Planet

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Meterology

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Road Scholar

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Experimental Design

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Microbe Mission

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Disease Detectives

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Anatomy and Physiology

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Potions and Poisons

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Hovercraft

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Battery Buggy

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Optics

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Thermodynamics

National FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Microbe Mission

National FAQ: Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors (instead of 1 double-sided paper)? (section:  / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: )

A: 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.

Battery Buggy

National FAQ: May battery packs be used in place of individual AA 1.5 volt batteries? (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: No. They must be individual AA batteries as specified in the rules. Battery packs are not allowed.

National FAQ: Are programmable devices allowed? (section: 3 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

National FAQ: Can a timer relay be used?m(section: 3 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph:  / line: 2)

A: 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.

Roller Coaster

National FAQ: What does "gaps must have a horizontal span of at least 5.0cm" 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? (section: 3 / paragraph: i / sub-paragraph:  / line: 3)

A: 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.

National FAQ: 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? (section: 3 / paragraph: f / sub-paragraph:  / line: 2)

A: Yes, the finish line can be on a board that is adjustable with respect to the rest of the device.

National FAQ: 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? (section: 2 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: No, only a ball or spherical object is allowed.

National FAQ: Can commercial roller coaster track be used? In other words, can we purchase and use marble track from a kit? (section: 3 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Ecology

National FAQ: Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors (instead of 1 double-sided paper)? (section:  / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: )

A: 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.

Anatomy and Physiology

National FAQ: Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors (instead of 1 double-sided paper)? (section:  / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: )

A: 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.

Battery Buggy

National FAQ: Are 1.20V NiMH rechargeable batteries allowed for Battery Buggy B? (section: 3 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph:  / line: 2)

A: 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

National FAQ: 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? (section: 3 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph:  / line: 2)

A: No, capacitors are not permitted. Wards erroneously included the capacitors in the kits. They have since removed them from their kits.