Clarifications

 

 

 

These changes and clarifications are specific only to competitors at the Florida State and Regional Science Olympiads only.  All clarifications at www.soinc.org will also be honored at these competitions. Please be aware that the national clarifications INCLUDE the FAQ's listed for each event.

 

Last Updated on: September 5, 2017

 

Safety Various types of goggles:  See national website
Education Gym Dimensions

Approximately 120'x100' and 27' to the ceiling. Air conditioning will remain on at all times in the education gym.

 

QuadRotor Rules Trial event for state and selected regionals.

Battery Buggy - B
Helicopter - C

Hovercraft - B/C

Mousetrap - C

Rollercoaster - B

Thermodynamics - B/C

Towers - B/C
Wright Stuff
-B

This rule will not be enforced in Florida

 

Participants must be able to answer questions regarding the design, construction, and operation of the device per the Building Policy found on www.soinc.org.

 

It contradicts the general Science Olympiad rules which permit anyone from the team running the event, which could be different from the student who built the device.

 

Battery Buggy - B

This rule will not be enforced in Florida:

 

They must not roll the vehicle on the floor of the event track the day of the event without tournament permission.

 

The original intent was to prevent any practice on any floor that is similar to the floor where the competition is held. Teams can not interfer with official tournament operations, but are free to practice in areas where there are no activities.

 

 

 

Substances applied to the vehicle must be approved by the event supervisor prior to use and must not damage the floor or leave residue on the track and/or event area.

 

This will apply only during the time of the touranment. Teams may apply substances with approval of the event supervisor anytime before the touranment, but it must not leave marks on the floor.

 

Crime Busters - B Penalities assessed will be 10% and not up to 10%

Game On - C

New Rubric

Teams will be allowed to bring a set of notes, 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper, written on ONE SIDE ONLY, with any notes to help with the design of the game. Teams must present the notes at sign in, and if any notes are written on the back of the paper (in other words, not one side only) the paper will be taken and they will not be permitted to use it. The theme for the state tournament will be Virology and Bacteria.

 

Partial credit will be applicable for all portions of the grading rubric (eg 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.

 

All sprites and backgrounds must be sent to scioly.game.on@gmail.com by 8:00 PM on March 19, 2017. 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.

Forensics - C

At the state tournament, teams will be given a news article in advance describing the crime scene which will be analyzed at the state tournament. This is done to help the team focus on which tests they will need to conduct at the tournament. Regional tournaments may also send out a news article in advance.

Hovercraft B/C The dowel does not need to be wood - it can be something like a straw.
Microbe Mission B/C

Rule 3.d. The competition MAY cover all topics.

 

We will let the supervisor decide if they are going to do a few or all of the topics.

Mousetrap Vehicle

This rule will not be enforced in Florida:

 

They must not roll the vehicle on the floor of the event track the day of the event without tournament permission.

 

The original intent was to prevent any practice on any floor that is similar to the floor where the competition is held. Teams can not interfer with official tournament operations, but are free to practice in areas where there are no activities.

 

 

 

Substances applied to the vehicle must be approved by the event supervisor prior to use and must not damage the floor or leave residue on the track and/or event area.

 

This will apply only during the time of the touranment. Teams may apply substances with approval of the event supervisor anytime before the touranment, but it must not leave marks on the floor.

 

Poisons and Potions

Students will perform at least one lab activity by themselves.

 

This line is redundant and misleading in that it seems to connote that only one person on the team is required to do the lab. Lab activities remain a team activity and there is no requirement that a single student complete the lab alone.

Roller Coaster Tools will NOT be impounded.
Thermodynamics B/C

4.d.  Nothing must be placed under or immediately around the external beaker.

 

We find this wording to be bizarre. It is impossible to have nothing around the beaker. The meaning is that the teams can not provide any insulation and that the beaker will sit on a table in the ambient air.