2022 Missouri State Science Olympiad Rules Clarifications

STATE TOURNAMENT CLARIFICATION: COVID RULE MODIFICATION

2021-2022 SEASON- Each participant in an event may bring a personal set of notes, resources, or calculator as permitted in the event rules in order to facilitate social distancing and to minimize the sharing of resources when isolation is required. Personal sets of resources must meet all criteria established in the specific event rules. This does not apply to the recommended lab equipment lists for divisions B or C or to the tool kits for build events. Note that this rule does not specify that each personal set of resources must be identical.

NATIONAL RULE CLARIFICATION: TEAM COMPOSITION AND SENIORS

If senior chooses to graduate at the semester they will not lose their eligibility to compete on their school's Science Olympiad team for the remainder of the season. If a senior does choose to graduate at semester and continue to participate on their school's Science Olympiad team they will still count toward the seven senior limit.

Division B/C Events

STATE CLARIFICATION: BRIDGE

3/23/22 - This clarification applies to construction rule 3.c.ii for division B and 3.d.ii for division C :

3.c.ii: ... A 7 cm high by 4 cm wide Pass Thru Block (6.c) must be able to pass horizontally through the Bridge, under the Load Block position, from one end of the Bridge's Test Support point to the adjacent Test Support point.

3.d.ii...A 12 cm high by 7 cm wide Pass Thru Block (6.c) must be able to pass horizontally through the Bridge, under the Load Block position, from one end of the Bridge's Test Support point to the adjacent Test Support point.

For both division B and division C the block must be able to pass through the bridge from one test support to the adjacent test support with all block motion entirely within the X axis. To better understand this requirement, imagine that the pass through block was replaced by a 35 cm long prism for division B or a 45 cm long prism for division C. If this prism could be placed between the two test supports, the bridge is in compliance with this rule. If a prism would not fit between the two loading supports, the bridge would violate these rules.

Division B Events

STATE CLARIFICATION: SOUNDS OF MUSIC

3/4/22 - This clarification applies to construction rule 3.a:

3.a: ... and rosin of any type are permitted. The interpretation of this rule for the Missouri state tournament is that the phrase "of any type" would mean that any rosin used for an instrument does not need to be limited to rosins obtained from conifers or other trees.

STATE CLARIFICATION: MISSION POSSIBLE

12/17/21 - This clarifies the intent of rule 3.a.viii:

3.a.viii: If a marble is to start the next action, the actual marble (not what is holding or attached to it) must initiate the next action.

The intent of this rule for Missouri tournaments will be that the actual marble must make contact with the obect that initiates the next action. For example, under scorable actions 3.c.ii:

3.c.ii: Use a marble to knock over a series of three dominoes so the last domino moves another marble to initiate the next action

In this case, the marble used to knock over the series of three dominoes will need to make direct contact with the initial domino in the series. Using a marble to perform an initial action such as trip a lever or drop a mass to trigger the domino fall would violate rule 3.a.viii.

STATE CLARIFICATION: STORM THE CASTLE

12/17/21 - This clarifies the intent of rule 3.a.

3.a: When ready-to-launch, the device, projectiles, stabilizing weights, counterweights, an all other device components (except for tools and supplies) must fit in a 65.0 cm per side cube, in any orientation chosen by the team.

The intent of this rule is that when the device is fully loaded, "primed" and ready to launch the projectile the entire apparatus must fit within the 65 cm box. The triggering device does NOT count toward the 65 cm limitation. Once the device is triggered rule 3.a (the device must fit within the 65 cm box) no longer applies and during the actual operation of the machine parts are allowed to extend beyond the 65 cm limit.

NATIONAL CLARIFICATION: SOUNDS OF MUSIC

11/29/21 - This Clarification addresses how the Design Log should be scored.

6.c.i. 2 points - For a list of materials used in the device Design Log.

12/02/21 - This Clarification revokes the above Clarification issued on 11/29/21 as the 11/29 Clarification was not needed and was issued in error.

NATIONAL CLARIFICATION: STORM THE CASTLE

11/29/21 - This Clarification addresses how the Design Log should be scored.

7.f.v. 5 points for including a labeled device picture or diagram Design Log

12/02/21 - This Clarification revokes the above Clarification issued on 11/29/21 as the 11/29 Clarification was not needed and was issued in error.

NATIONAL CLARIFICATION: MISSION POSSIBLE

11/08/21 - The published rules omitted information on how the Design Log (Section 4) will be scored. The following is a new addition to Scoring (Section 6).

6.o. Award 25 points for each of the following (50 points maximum).

i. The Design Log is submitted on time as specified in 3.e.i.

ii. The Design Log is legible and provides the information required in Section 4.

Division C Events

Division C Events

NATIONAL CLARIFICATION: IT'S ABOUT TIME

11/29/21 - These Clarifications are intended to address the relationship between the Design Log, other required documents, and scoring. In addition, a Clarification is being issued to remove text that was overlooked when the Rules were updated for 2022.

2.d. a device diagram Design Log, and...

2.i. a labeled device diagram Design Log should be included

2.i.iii. Teams are encouraged to have a duplicate set of graphs/tables to use, as those submitted may not be returned.

6.e.v. 2 points for including a labeled device diagram Design Log.

6.h. Teams with no device, no time estimates, or that do not make an honest attempt to utilize a device to determine the time periods receive TT1, TT2, and TT3 of 0. Such teams will be allowed to compete in Part I (the written test).

NATIONAL CLARIFICATION: WI-FI LAB

10/21/21 - The standard for the encoded signal provided in Section 5.b. in the published rules has been updated to better reflect current encoding standards.

5.b. The Event Supervisor will provide the testing materials listed below, which will be the same for all teams:

i. A transmitter that supplies a 2 mW, 2.4 GHz, 802.15.4 802.11 encoded signal (e.g. a standard WiFi access point / router with external antennas)

11/29/21 - These Clarifications are intended to address the relationship between the Design Log, other required documents, and scoring.

2.c. Impound their device, a device diagram Design Log, and copies

3.g. Prior to competition, teams must calibrate devices by preparing graphs/tables showing the relationship between power and distance for various device or testing setup configurations. A labeled device diagram Design Log should be included

3.g.iii. Teams are encouraged to have a duplicate set of graphs/tables to use, as those submitted may not be returned.

7.d.v. 2 points for including a labeled device diagram Design Log

NATIONAL CLARIFICATION: TRAJECTORY

10/07/21 - In the published rules Section 7.b. an important detail about how the Target Score (TS) will be calculated was omitted.

7.b. Target Score (TS) = 2000 (for the near one) or 4000 (for the far one) minus the straight line distance, in mm, from the center of the initial impact of the projectile to the CENTER of the target. Lowest possible TS is

11/29/21 - This Clarification addresses how the Design Log should be scored.

7.c.v. 5 points for including a labeled device picture or diagram Design Log

12/02/21 - This Clarification revokes the above Clarification issued on 11/29/21 as the 11/29 Clarification was not needed and was issued in error.

NATIONAL CLARIFICATION: REMOTE SENSING

10/01/21 - In the published rules Section 3.b.i. Wien's Law was misspelled.

3.b. The test should be divided equally, approximately 25 % on each, across the following topic areas:

i. Remote sensing instrumentation and physics: active vs. passive sensors; optical and infrared imagers; radiometers; LiDAR; radar altimetry; precipitation radar; blackbody radiation; Planck function, Wein’s Wien's Law; Stefan-Boltzmann Law; beam attenuation; absorption and scattering by aerosols; refraction and refractive indices; scattering, gravity.