Mission Possible C

Q: What defines a pulley? Does a string pulled over a non-rotating corner count, if the string could move? Does it have to be a rotating element? Can it be pulled over the same rotating element multiple times? (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: vii / line: 1)

A: The pulley does not need a rotating element. It can be pulled over the same pulley multiple times.
 

Game On C

Q: In the rubric (Section I subsection J), it says "elements are named/titled". Can you please clarify what an "element" is? How would one "name/title" an element? (section: 5 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: Sprites, backdrops, and sounds are examples of elements.

Q: What does it mean to define the Target Audience? (Rubric section I A)? Can you give an example? (section: 5 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: An example of a target audience would be "middle school students".

Mission Possible C

National FAQ: Could the container contain another substance before the water is added? (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: iv / line: 1)

A: Yes, the container may contain another substance before the water is added.

National FAQ: If the expanded gas in 4.b.xi. inflated the balloon in 4.b.i., does that count as two scorable actions? (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i, xi / line: 1)

A: No, an action may count for only 1 Scorable Action at a time.

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National FAQ: Does rule 3.i. imply that any electrical device which runs for more than ten seconds would be a construction violation? (section: 3 / paragraph: i / sub-paragraph:  / line: 2)

A: Any type of electrical or spring action that operates for more than 10 seconds and still controls part of the action would be a violation. If a light bulb, fan, etc. remained on but was no longer used or no longer affected the device in any way to contribute to points it could be allowed to stay on without penalty.

National Rules Clarification: (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: xi / line: 1)

A: 4.b.xi. should read: "Use a change in temperature which expands a gas to activate the next action."

National Rules Clarification: (section: 4 / paragraph: f / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: 4.f. should read: "Timing and scoring begins when a competitor pulls a magnet from the device and stops when the beginning of the word 'END' is heard or when 180.0 seconds elapses, whichever comes first."

National Rules Clarification: (section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: vi / line: 1)

A: 4.b.vi. should read: "Use light to initiate the next action."

National FAQ: May the "next task" started by the timer be the Final Action (4c)? (section: 4 / paragraph: g / sub-paragraph: iii / line: 1)

A: Yes, the timer may start the Final Action.

National FAQ: Will teams be allowed to use microcontrollers, Arduinos, integrated circuits, etc.? (section: 3 / paragraph: f / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: Yes, but they can only activate one action and must comply with all the rules including taking no more than 10 seconds to activate an action. They may not be used to control multiple actions. They are considered an adjustable object therefore are only allowed in one transfer per microcontroller, Arduino, integrated circuit, etc.

National FAQ: What differentiates a chemical from a mechanical task (in reference to a timing mechanism)? (section: 4 / paragraph: g / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)

A: For timing purposes, If a chemical reaction causes a mechanical action, once the mechanical action initiates the next action, no more chemical timing points can be earned even if the reaction continues.

National FAQ: May we use sealed lead acid batteries? (section: 3 / paragraph: j / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: No. Sealed lead acid batteries are not allowed. They could be considered considered hazardous material per Rule 2.d.

National FAQ: May a single battery source whose total output does not exceed 14.4 volts as labeled be used for more than one action and receive the bonus points for 1 battery source? (section: 5 / paragraph: e / sub-paragraph:  / line: 1)

A: Yes, because a single battery source is not “moveable/adjustable” it may be used for more than one action as long as it complies with all other rules and if it is the only battery source in the device the team will receive 100 points.

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.