Event Clarifications and Rules Changes


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CollapseEvent Name: Anatomy
 11/13/18 9:00 AMNational FAQ: In this section, I am told to interpret ECG readings on strips. However, there are many complicated heart conditions that can be read on ECG strips. I'm wondering whether we have to know about all of these heart conditions or just a few basic ones.ECG interpretation will be simple and straight forward for B division. It is more about understanding how than diagnosis.
 09/21/18 9:00 AMNational Rules Clarification3.a.iii. should read: "Starling's forces in the capillaries"; (not Startling's)
CollapseEvent Name: Boomilever
 11/16/18 8:00 AMNational FAQ: If Wood is turned into wood string, would that still qualify for build materials?No, string made from wood can not be used.
 10/25/18 9:12 AMIs the loading block considered one piece, or are you allowed to remove the threaded eye bolt and wing nut from the loading block to mount it on the boomilever, and re-connect the threaded eye bolt and wing nut after mounting?The "Loading Block" is only the square block with the hole (5.b.i.); it is separate from the threaded eye bolt and wing nut (5.b.ii.). Both are components of the Loading Assembly (5.b.), which, per 4.Part II.c., is allowed to be disassembled.
CollapseEvent Name: Circuit Lab
 11/16/18 8:21 AMNational FAQ: Define the word "Basic." What is considered a Basic Multimeter? What is not considered a Basic Multimeter? Could it be digital? Auto ranging? What part is discretionary?Basic multimeter refers to those devices that are hand-held, battery powered, analog or digital, manual or auto ranging, measuring volts, amperes and ohms. Multimeters with advanced features, such as graphing, time waveform displaying, fft/frequency-domain functions, non-contact voltage sensing, current clamp probes are not considered basic. Whether to allow participants to use their own multimeters is at the discretion of the event supervisor. For example one regional supervisor may allow it, while another regional supervisor may not and require all participants to use multimeters they provide.
 11/16/18 8:00 AMNational FAQ: Are the breadboards mentioned limited to solderless breadboards, or will they involve soldering? Only solderless breadboards will be used.
CollapseEvent Name: Codebusters
 11/16/18 8:23 AMNational FAQ: Are xenocrypts only limited to Spanish? The wording makes it unclear. Yes. For this year, all Xenocrypts will be in Spanish.
 10/06/18 9:00 AMNational FAQ: If students make errors while decoding the first question, but still receive full or partial credit per 4.b.ii., will this be counted as answering "correctly" for purposes of earning the timing bonus? There is no partial credit for the bonus. In order to be considered solved for rule 3.i.v. the team must solve the timed question with 2 or fewer errors within the 10 minute timer. After the 10 minute time has passed, the timed question is scored like any other question under rule 4.b.ii. such that a team may still receive points for solving it with 3 mistakes, but no bonus is awarded.
CollapseEvent Name: Crime Busters
 11/05/18 8:00 AMIn the event parameters it says that gloves are optional and up to the host's decision. If gloves are optional, will the participants be allowed to touch the powders? If gloves are not permitted, how far in advance will the teams be notified? Gloves are optional; San Diego Regional will not require a specific type of gloves for its tournament.
 10/17/18 8:44 AMNational FAQ: Previously, students were allowed to bring in magnets for metal identification. However, in the new recommended material list on the soinc website, magnets are not listed. Are students allowed to bring in magnets in their supply box?Yes, magnets will shortly be added to the list available online.
CollapseEvent Name: Disease Detectives
 10/17/18 8:35 AMNational FAQ: Are the steps of an outbreak investigation based on the 13 steps as listed on the CDC site, or on the 10 steps provided in previous years' event description.The updated event outline uses the 13 steps that are listed on the CDC site and in the textbook listed in the resources. It is the most up-to-date format. The process is the same, but the division into 13 steps emphasizes the validation of the hypothesis.
 10/05/18 9:41 AMNational FAQ: What is the focus of Disease Detectives this year?Disease Detectives has been reorganized for 2019 and the topic rotation has been dropped. See the 2019 rules for the emphasis in each area. For an outbreak investigation, needed background will be provided.
CollapseEvent Name: Elastic Launched Gliders
 10/18/18 11:17 PMRule 3.c. states glider may be constructed only of wood, foam, paper, plastic film, carbon fiber, tape, thread and/or glue. Can rubber bands be used in the construction and specifically to hold the wing on to the fuselage?No, rubber bands cannot be used as part of the glider.
CollapseEvent Name: Experimental Design
 10/29/18 3:12 PMNational FAQ: Will participants be required to write a "Statement of problem" even though it is not included in the rubric? No. Students may write a Statement of Problem but the Hypothesis will contain information necessary to determine what is happening in the experiment.
CollapseEvent Name: Fossils
 10/29/18 3:09 PMNational FAQ: Will binders be measured using the binding or the rings?Binders will be measured by the size of the rings. A 3" binder has rings that have a 3" diameter on the inside of the rings. The binding of a 3" binder will be larger.
 10/05/18 9:35 AMNational FAQ: Cannot find the Official S.O. Geologic Time Scale. Found a reference in old 2010-11 event that went to a dead GSA site link, so I assume you're using the latest GSA Time Scale (v. 5.0), but that is not the way it's described in the rules.The Official S. O. Geologic Time Scale was modified from the GSA Time Scale and is available on the Science Olympiad website: https://scilympiad.com/data/org/san-diego-so/public/FossilsGeologicTimeScale.pdf The Geologic Time Scale was updated in 2018, but the Science Olympiad Official Time Scale will have 2019 in the title, to reflect use for the 2018-19 season.
CollapseEvent Name: Herpetology
 10/13/18 9:24 AMNational FAQ: "One two-inch or smaller standard binder" should refer specifically to the rings in the binder being two inches or smaller, correct? Yes, the standard for measurements of a binder are based upon the inner size of the rings. For round ring binders, the size is determined by measuring the inside diameter of the ring(s). D-ring and slant-d ring binders are measured by the straight edge of the ring.
CollapseEvent Name: Meteorology
 11/13/18 10:58 PMThe rules list only Local winds & Precipitation. Can we take this to mean that student will not be questioned on Global winds and Atmospheric-Ocean interactions?There should not be any questions on global winds. However, although atmospheric-ocean interactions is not a listed topic, questions may still be asked about it in relation to other listed topics.
CollapseEvent Name: Potions and Poisons
 10/08/18 8:00 AMCan you clarify the type of "...any needed probes" that may or may not be used and their purposes as noted under the "Event Supervisor will provide..."?For example, the Event Supervisor may ask students to measure the pH of a solution to a higher precision than pH paper is able to determine. In that case, the Event Supervisor will provide the necessary probe(s) needed to get the additional precision.
CollapseEvent Name: Roller Coaster
 11/03/18 11:53 AMIf, for instance, the ball traveling rightward leaves the track and lands on a piece of track angled such that the ball travels leftward upon landing, does this constitute a gap? And, if so, between which two points is the gap measured?No, this would not count as a gap.
 10/29/18 3:31 PMNational FAQ: Please give an example of the added rule: The beginning and the end of each Gap must be at least 0.5 cm above the next surface(s) below them.There has to be a step down to the next 'level' surface below the beginning and end of a gap. There can't just be a line drawn on a continuous surface. The Event Supervisors should be able to take a ruler, place it at the end or beginning of a gap, vertically oriented, and measure a minimum of 0.5 cm from the surface of the track before they hit something below it. (10/25/18 Update: Removed "A drawing will be posted on the website.")
 10/23/18 12:56 PMIn the rules it states prior to the competition, teams design, build, and test a Roller Coaster track to guide a sphere down the track as close as possible to a Targe Time. There is no mention of what that target time is. When will teams be informed of that time so they can design the appropriate Roller Coaster prior to the competition? The Roller Coaster should be designed so that its Run Time can be adjusted during the competition to achieve the Target Time. Please see 4.b. for the Target Time specifications.
 10/18/18 8:17 AMAre there any limits on materials we can use for Roller Coaster B? Please refer to General Rule #1: https://scilympiad.com/san-diego-so/Policy/doc/general-rules
 10/16/18 8:35 AMNational FAQ: Please give an example of the added rule: The beginning and the end of each Gap must be at least 0.5 cm above the next surface(s) below them. There has to be a step down to the next 'level' surface below the beginning and end of a gap. There can't just be a line drawn on a continuous surface. The Event Supervisors should be able to take a ruler, place it at the end or beginning of a gap, vertically oriented, and measure a minimum of 0.5 cm from the surface of the track before they hit something below it. A drawing will be posted on the website.
 09/25/18 8:40 AMNational Rules Clarification2.c. should read: "Participants without eye protection will not compete and will be awarded participation points only."; (removed "ranked in Tier 4" as there is no Tier 4 for 2019)