Elementary SO FAQ & Rule Clarifications

2019

1. Robo-Cross - Bluetooth controlled is allowed.

2. "Printed material" - can be anything: copies, cutouts, handwritten items; not bound books - individual pages are allowed.

3. Bottle Rockets - Parachutes are allowed.

4. Impound - Both students do not need to be present when impounding a device.  

5. Impound - You may enter the device into Impound anytime during the 50 minutes.  Be polite and don't wait until the very end of the time period.

6. All 2018 FAQs & Rule Clarifications still apply.  In the case of EGG DROP (#9 &12), dimension changes from 20cm to 18cm.

2018

1.
Maximum team size is 15-16 students.

2. Teams do not have to be from Medina County.

3. Aerodynamics - no tears or cuts in paper allowed.

4. Egg Drop - Sponge is allowed.

5. Egg Drop - Foam stretching is defined as foam packing material (examples: foam netting or mesh {like for fruit}, foam packing sheets {like for glassware}).  Craft foam will be allowed.

6. Binder Events (events allowing a binder) - Have an entry for each item on the official list including photos and the rule required info.  Look up using the scientific names when possible.  Divide the binder into sections matching the groupings on the list.  Color coding the sections can be helpful.  

7. Information Page Events (events allowing information sheets) - Have an entry for each item listed on the official rules.  If no official list is given, have an entry for everything listed in the rules.  This is to help jog the students' memory, not be everything to know.

8. Test Events not allowing binders or information sheets - Have the students make a study guide following the guidelines for Binder & Information Page Events.

9. Egg Drop - The device in its free-falling or landing state must adhere to the 20cm x 20cm x 20cm size.  We are not going to allow any part to be bigger/longer than 20cm even if it is folded small before dropping.

10. Storm the Castle - Floating arm trebuchets are allowed.  The rule "center of gravity cannot drop"  basically means that if you take the counter weight off the arm, it can not move up on its own thus imparting momentum to the object that you are throwing.  Think of being close to "neutrally" balanced.

11. Robo-CrossThe total voltage to power the robot must be 9.6 volts or less.  For example if the robot is powered by 6 AA (1.5 volt) batteries, the total voltage is 9 volts.

12. Egg Drop - Crates not meeting the 20cm x 20cm x 20cm size limit will be placed in Tier 2 due to the construction violation.  They will be ranked after all the Tier 1 entries (those without construction violations).  

13. Bottle Rocket, Storm the Castle, & Wheeled Vehicle - Eye Protection is Z87+ not Z287+.
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