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: August 22, 2016

 

Safety Various types of goggles:  See national website
Education Gym Dimensions Approximately 120'x100' and 27' to the ceiling.
QuadRotor Rules Trial event for state and selected regionals.
Electric Vehicle - C

The following 2017 update to Rule 5.g. is removed from state and regional rules:

 

They must not roll the vehicle on the floor of the event venue the day before or the day of the event without tournament permission. If permitted, only team members may be present.

 

Teams may not practice in the area in which the competition is taking place, but we will not enforce this rule for any area outside the designated competition zone. In other words, consider the way we have always run the competition - just don't interfer with others while they are competing.

 

Scrambler - B

The following 2017 update to Rule 5.g. is removed from state and regional rules:

 

They must not roll the ETV on the floor of the event venue the day before or the day of the eventwithout tournament permission. If permitted, only team members may be present.

 

Teams may not practice in the area in which the competition is taking place, but we will not enforce this rule for any area outside the designated competition zone. In other words, consider the way we have always run the competition - just don't interfer with others while they are competing.

Hydrogeology - C

This event will not be run in Florida.

Awesome Aquifers - C This event will be run in place of Hydrogeology in Florida this year.
Invasive Species - B/C Changed on 10/3/2016: Florida will use the National Invasive Species Official List. There will be no Florida invasive species list.
Food Science - B

 

Under “3. THE COMPETITION” and “b. Part 2:”  Students will still be required to build a working calorimeter that meets all requirements listed.  However, we will not actually be burning the food.  Instead, students will be given data that someone may or may not have found if using a calorimeter, and they will be asked to answer questions about that data.

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.

 

State Article

Bottle Rockets - B Some bottles now have a shorter opening and will not fit on our launcher. See the attached PDF for clarifications on bottle sizes.
Experimental Design - C

The addressed problem will be in the field of Classical Mechanics.
All measurements must be reported in SI units and with the correct number of significant digits.
The focus of the event is not much on the results, rather on the design, the measurement techniques and on the data analysis.
A significant part of the event will involve statistical analysis, such as the calculation of average (when appropriate), and the use of the standard deviation as a quantification of experimental uncertainties. Also average and standard deviation must be reported with the correct number of significant digits.
Graphs and tables can have any format, but must be legible and complete: units and axes labels must be clearly reported.