Mission Possible

Q: Regarding the recent rule clarification: Timer can not have an electrical sensor ending it.  Would you please explain how this rule apply?  For example, if an hourglass drop sand and does measure the weight of the dropped sand with a electronic scale would not qualify for a timer?   If it trigger a switch, does it qualify for timer? (or does a switch consider a "sensor")   If a IR photo gate is used, does it consider a sensor?  If a counter is used, does it consider a sensor?    Furthermore, if the sensor is not used to ending it.  As a color sensor is monitoring the color to see if the color changes,  Does it consider a "sensor ending"? (section: 4 / paragraph: g / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: The timer cannot be adjusted by electric or electronic means. For example, a sand timer which pours sand onto a counterbalanced lever, which triggers a switch when there is enough sand would be acceptable if the timer is adjusted by changing the weight of the counterbalance. However, a sand timer which pours sand into a container which has a weight/pressure sensor with an Arduino would not be acceptable if the timer is adjusted by changing the threshold (via the Arduino's program, a potentiometer, etc.)

Game On

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Q: Are teams allowed to create their own sounds in advance for the competition? (section: Southern California Rules Change / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: Sprite and background creation)

A: No. The State Rules Clarification specifies only sprites and backgrounds as allowable "pre-constructed... game assets or files".Q: 

Q: State clarification (section: 2 / paragraph:  / sub-paragraph:  / line: )

A: Southern California Science Olympiad will be using the scoring rubric found at http://socalstatescioly.org/downloads/2018%20SoCal%20Game%20On%20Rubric.pdf. Partial credit will be applicable for all portions of the grading rubric (e.g. half points).

Each team will be allowed to create their own sprites and backgrounds for the competition. If teams are planning to use sprites and backgrounds from the Internet, then they must be under creative commons or royalty free. It is recommended that teams create their own sprites and backgrounds themselves using Scratch. These sprites and backgrounds will be provided in folders labeled by team name on the day of the competition, however the contents of these folders will be accessible to all participants.

Information regarding the theme and submission method will be announced in March. Late submissions are not allowed, and teams will not be allowed to bring sprites and backgrounds on the day of the competition. All sprites and backgrounds will be reviewed prior to the deadline. In the event that the submitted material is unacceptable, the team will be promptly notified.
 

Hovercraft

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Q: The rules state that mechanical relays are allowed.  What is defined as a mechanical relay, ie: Songle relay board? (section: 3 / paragraph: g / sub-paragraph:  / line: 2)

A: A relay is an electrically operated switch and a mechanical relay is one which operates by having a part that mechanically moves to complete the circuit. Please be aware that some commercially available mechanical relays (or boards with such relays) may include prohibited components such as diodes and integrated circuits, and would not be allowed.

Helicopters

State Science Olympiad and Los Angeles County Science Olympiad Rules Change:

A: Helicopters will require Eye Protection B as described by the National Science Olympiad Protection Policies.  (section: 1/paragraph: /subpragraph: /line: )

Additional information about the Eye Protection policy can be found on this Web site in the For Coaches section: Eye Protection

Mission Possible C

Q: For the time delay bonus point "per full second past 30 seconds", does the rule imply 30 second past the system running time or 30 second past the delay task running time? (section: 5 / paragraph: g / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: The time delay bonus is based on the duration of the designated timing action, not the device Operation Time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chem Lab

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.

Mission Possible

National FAQ: On both rule 5.g 4.b.6 mentioned chemical reaction.  Based                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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A: Some signs of chemical reactions include -- formation of a precipitate, release of heat, color changes, changes in conductivity, changes in volume, etc.

Students can use these changes to activate the next step in the process, which normally wouldn't occur unless the chemical reaction occurred. Students should be prepared to explain to the event supervisors what the reactants and products of the reaction are and how the chemical reaction led to the next action.

National FAQ: Do balloons have to be commercial? (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: No, balloons do not have to be commercially made but it will be up to the event supervisor to determine if the homemade item qualifies as a balloon.

National FAQ: Please clarify if the Balloon can be made from any material, any color and inflate with fluid (gas or liquid) as it is not mentioned in the rule. (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A:  The balloon may be made out of any material and may be any color.  The event supervisor does have the right to inspect the balloon prior to competition and may disallow the use of said balloon if he/she deems it to pose a hazard to the students or public.

The definition of inflate according to MW dictionary uses "air or gas" as the source of inflation.  According to the common definition of inflate, liquids would not be allowed.

Astronomy

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.

Remote Sensing

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.