Mission Possible C

Q: In this paragraph it states, "the balloon strikes an object that originally was at least 20 cm away from the balloon". Which part of the balloon has to be 20 cm away? Is it the closest point or where the reaction starts. (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: All parts of the balloon must be at least 20cm away from that object at ready-to-run configuration.

Towers C

Q: By saying span, does the entire base of the tower need to be outside the square opening, or can a tower cut the corners of the opening. For instance if it is an octagon, is it possible for the edges of the tower base to come over the corners of the opening as long as there is sufficient space for the loading chain. (section: 3 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: Yes, the tower base can "cut across" the 20cm square opening so long as no part of the tower passes below the top surface of the Test Base.

Q: In past years there was a limit on wood size. Is there a limit on the thickness of the wood pieces we use on our cross sections? (section: 1 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: No. Please refer to 3.a.ii.

Q: Can the wood be bent to form a continuous ring on the base of the tower. (section: 3 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: Yes.

Mission Possible C

Q: Can we use an iPod for the final speaker that broadcasts the final message? (section: 3 / paragraph: j / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: Yes. Although the Science Olympiad Battery Policy prevents the use of lithium-ion batteries in all participant-built devices, using a commercially-built iPod for the Final Task would be acceptable if the iPod is used as it was designed for, is not tampered with, and the connection to the battery is in its original state.

Game On C

Q: If the game type chosen is "maze," will the maze background be pre-downloaded as a template on the given computers since it is not given with the original program? (section: The Competition / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: If "maze" is picked, then teams must create their own maze during the competition. Teams may draw their own images during the competition, or they may use images available in the Scratch program. No other images or templates are allowed.

Clarification: Game on for Teams at Antelope Valley College

The Southern California rubric (http://www.socalstatescioly.org/downloads/2018%20SoCal%20Game%20On%20Rubric.pdf) will be used in place of the rubric specified in the rules. However, there will be no submissions of sprite and background images in advance for the Antelope Valley College competition. Teams will not be allowed to bring any game assets into the competition, and we will not accept any file submissions in advance.

The theme and game type will be announced at the beginning of the
Game On event on competition day.

Clarification: Game On for Teams at Rio Hondo College

The Southern California rubric (http://www.socalstatescioly.org/downloads/2018%20SoCal%20Game%20On%20Rubric.pdf)
will be used in place of the rubric specified in the rules, and teams may submit images in advance according to the Southern California Game On rules changes at socalstatescioly.org (look for "Game On 2018 Changes" after clicking on the "State" menu).

Here are the submission instructions for the Rio Hondo competition:

  • The theme is "Breakfast" and the game type is "Collection"
  • Submitting files is optional and there will be no score penalty if a team chooses not to submit files in advance. However, teams should keep in mind that quality and originality of sprites and backgrounds is a component of the score, and that preparing files in advance can allow more time for other tasks during the competition.
  • Images must be submitted by email to gameon@socalstatescioly.org
  • Deadline: Game image submissions will be accepted up to 11:59 pm on February 18th.
  • When submitting, provide your team name and which competition you are submitting for (i.e. Rio Hondo Regional)
  • Only image files will be accepted (no .sprite2 files or other); "sprite" and "background" refers only to images, and not to sounds or code that may be included in .sprite2 files.
  • Acceptable formats:
    • a link to Dropbox/Google Drive/online hosting where the images are stored
    • attachment of individual images to the email
    • archive format (like a .zip file) containing multiple images
    • All game images must be in formats that can be imported by Scratch.
  • Submitted images must not be password protected or encrypted.
  • There will be a folder for each team on every computer station containing the submitted files. Each team will have access to the submitted files from their own team as well as every other team. Each team may use any of these resources.
  • If submitted content was not created by the team members (I.e. downloaded from the internet), the source of the material must be cited and proof must be given that the material is under a creative commons/similar royalty-free license.
  • Teams may revise their submissions with additional emails up to the submission deadline.




Game On C

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Q: Can you define what an "asset" is for Game On? (section: 2 / paragraph: / sub-paragraph: / line: 1-3)

A: Game "assets" refer to any digital file that may be used in the game
(images, sounds, code, backgrounds / sprites exported from Scratch,
projects, etc)

Q: Are we allowed to submit an image file that contains notes (i.e. a summarized rubric) or other reminders for us during competition? (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: 2)

A: No, submitting images with summarized rubric or other reminders are not allowed as these are not items that are allowed to be brought into the event with the students.

Dynamic Planet C

National FAQ: "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? (section: 3 / paragraph: l / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

Experimental Design C

National FAQ: What is a linear measuring device (the rules are vague)? (section: 3 / paragraph: l / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.

National FAQ: Is a T-square considered a linear measuring device? (section: 2 / paragraph: c / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 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.