Rules Clarification

Allowable Notes

Event Binder or Sheet Type of Notes
Disease Detectives 2 inch, 3-ring binder Student generated, handwritten notes
Don't Bug Me 2 inch, 3-ring binder Student-generated, handwritten notes, charts & keys
Knock Knock 2-3 inch, 3-ring binder Hole-punched pages of information in any form from any source
Rock Hound 8 ½ x 11 inch sheet of paper One handwritten charts/notes, both sides of paper may be utilized. NOT ALLOWED:  Sheet protectors, layers, tape/glue 
Starry, Starry Night 2 inch, 3-ring binder Student generated, handwritten notes, charts & keys
Weather or Not 2-3 inch, 3-ring binder Information in any form from any source

 

Bridge Building

Question:  What brand and size of paper straws are being used?

Answer:  The brand and size of paper straws is: Verde, 7-3/4", white, unwrapped paper straws, 250/pkg.  Straws may be purchased at Smart & Final. 

Can Race

Question:  In can race are they allowed to use a lubricant of any kind between the washers, or anywhere in the can (obviously not on the edges and not an abundant amount)? There is currently no rule either for or against it.

Answer:  No lubricants of any kind.

Catapult 

Question:  Page 4, Rule 3, under the heading, "Construction", states...Launch force must be provided by gravity or elastic solids (such as springs, rubber bands, etc.)

Are we allowed to use metal springs as the launch force?

Answer:  As long as the springs do not come off of the device they can be used to launch the device.

Question:  Is a bungee cord allowed to be used for the launch force?

Answer:  As long as the plastic piece does not pose a threat or can cause injury to other students it can be used to launch the device. 

Question: Construction, 1. states that "Each team will bring a homemade wood or plastic catapult to the competition (metal fasteners are allowed)." Is metal or another type of material, such as a brick, allowed to be used to weigh the catapult down?

Answer: As long as the brick does not pose a threat or can cause injury to other students it can be used to weight down the device.

Question: Page 4, Rule 6, Are students allowed to put sandbags onto of the device to anchor it? What do you consider to be anchored?

Answer: Yes they can. An anchor can be anything that helps to hold the device down while launching. As long as the device anchors don't pose a threat to the students or others around any material can be used.

Disease Detective

Question:  Will HIV/Aids be part of the content in this event?

Answer: No, HIV/Aids will not be included in the content.

Question:  Can we get a list of possible diseases/injuries?  The rule book on page 7 says in the description the event will be about "various health problems that affect communities."

Answer:  The line stating "various health problems that affect communities" does not refer to memorizing specific events, but rather the connection between our daily habits and illnesses. For example, a student should be able to identify the cause of salmonella as being undercooked food or cross-contamination in food preparation. The diseases on the official Sample List will possibly be on the test. No disease on the test will be from outside the disease families stated on this list. Students should be able to identify if the disease is a parasite, virus, or bacteria and describe possible symptoms, and the ways the disease can be spread. 

See official Sample List:  Disease Detectives Spreadable Diseases 

Straw Egg Drop

Question:  What brand and size of paper straws are being used?

Answer: The brand and size of paper straws is:  Verde, 7-3/4", white, unwrapped paper straws, 250/pkg.  Straws may be purchased at Smart & Final.