Division C Rules Clarifications/Changes


2018 Division C Regional Competition will follow the event descriptions in the current Rules Manual, and the Regional, State and National Rules Clarifications/Changes that are posted below. 

Clarifications are listed by Event Name then Published Date with most-up-to-date on top within each event.

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CollapseEvent Name: Anatomy
 10/23/17 8:33 PMNational FAQ: Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)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.
 10/19/17 9:27 AMNational FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?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.
CollapseEvent Name: Astronomy
 11/06/17 10:43 PMNational FAQ: Are you allowed to bring a flash drive for your computer? Yes. Teams may bring external flash drives to the event.
 10/19/17 3:21 PMNational FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?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.
CollapseEvent Name: Chemistry Lab
 10/19/17 9:15 PMNational FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?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.
CollapseEvent Name: Disease Detectives
 10/23/17 8:31 PMNational FAQ: Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)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.
 10/19/17 9:33 AMNational FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?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.
CollapseEvent Name: Dynamic Planet (Tectonics)
 10/19/17 3:21 PMNational FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?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.
CollapseEvent Name: Ecology
 10/23/17 8:25 PMNational FAQ: Are 2 single-sided pages of a cheat sheet allowed in sheet protectors? (instead of 1 double-sided paper)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.
 10/19/17 9:34 AMNational FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?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.
 10/16/17 2:30 PMNational FAQ: Can chapparal be included as North American "deserts and grasslands" because much of the associated vegetation types are grasses? Alternatively, sometimes they are like deserts when they go long periods without rain. Yes, chaparral is included in the deserts and grasslands biomes for ecology this year.
CollapseEvent Name: Experimental Design
 10/19/17 3:21 PMNational FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?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.
CollapseEvent Name: Forensics
 10/19/17 9:14 PMNational FAQ: What is meant by "a calculator dedicated to computation" and are there specific calculator models that are allowed?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.
 09/14/17 11:00 AMNational Rules Clarification 3.a. should read: "The competition will consist of evidence from Parts 3.b.-e. and analysis of the evidence in Part 3.f. Analysis or questions can only be on the evidence topics included in the competition. The amount of evidence included will be according to the following table:"
CollapseEvent Name: Game On
 11/05/17 10:00 PMNational FAQ: If competitors made a combination game (with elements applying to multiple game types) that contains elements of the assigned game type, would that be accepted? Yes, this would be acceptable. The competitors must have the elements for the assigned game type included but they would not be penalized for having additional components included.
 11/05/17 10:00 PMNational FAQ: What are the defining characteristics of a "building" type game? For a building game, the user controlled sprite must be involved in the assembling or connecting of parts or components to complete the objectives in the game.
CollapseEvent Name: Helicopters
 11/05/17 9:45 PMNational FAQ: Are students allowed to check in more motors (rubber bands) than they check in helicopters? Yes, students are allowed to check in multiple motors. There is no specific number of motors they may check in.
 10/05/17 7:20 PMAre gears allowed to transfer energy between rotors if they are not directly on the rotors or attached?State: Yes, General Rule #1 applies.
CollapseEvent Name: Herpetology (Continued on the next page)
 11/05/17 9:40 PMNational FAQ: Are questions allowed to be about the species, or only the genus? Questions should only be related to genus. Species is not on the 2018 Official National Herpetology List.
    
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