(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 1)
Yes, the outside width of the Bridge must be at least 5.0 cm for the entire span (Div. B - 35 cm and Div. C - 45 cm). "At any height along its span" means that the 5.0 cm width for the entire span can be at any height on the bridge as long as it is not below the top surface of the Test Supports.
Yes, as long as the width of the Bridge is at least 5.0 cm for the entire span it doesn't matter at what height the 5.0 cm minimum width is located.
Yes, that is one way to meet the requirements of rule 3.e.
(section: 3 / paragraph: f / line: 1)
Yes, the loading block may be placed at any height of the Bridge as long as it is in the center of the span and not below the top surface of the Test Supports prior to testing.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: i / line: 1)
The Test Supports are at least 3.0 cm high, 3.0 cm wide and 15.0 cm long
(section: 5 / paragraph: e / line: 1)
No, the Test Supports are not attached to the Test Base. Students may move them anywhere within the Bearing Zones on the Test Base.
(section: 1 / paragraph: a / line: 4)
No. By definition the actions and ETS are listed in the Action Sequence List in order, with one triggering the next. See rule 4.d.
(section: 3 / line: 1)
It is a competition violation since rule 4.a. says each golf ball must cause the next action.
(section: 3 / paragraph: d / line: 1)
A transfer is referring to an ETS (Energy Transfer Sequence), which is described in 4.b.
No, rule 4. explicitly says a single component can contribute to only 1 transfer. Depending on how it's used, a rocket igniter could be listed as either E to C or E to T.
(section: 3 / paragraph: g / line: 1)
No, microcontrollers contain integrated circuits and thus are prohibited.
(section: 3 / paragraph: i / line: 1-2)
That is up to the individual event supervisor to determine. It will be based upon common standards and processes, such as those found in a typical chemistry lab. In general, when in doubt, err on the side of caution.
(section: 3 / paragraph: i / line: 2)
The type of fuse that is not allowed due to safety concerns is a chemically treated string that burns at a controlled rate (typically used in fireworks and explosives.) Teams are permitted to use electric fuses to limit current in a circuit.
(section: 3 / paragraph: N/a / sub-paragraph: N/a / line: N/A)
You would receive no points for golf balls. You are still eligible to receive points for time, ETS completion, etc.
(section: 4 / line: 1)
All actions/transfers must be included on the submitted Action Sequence List. The Bonus Energy Transfer Sequences must be included in the submitted Action Sequence List.
We will be using the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of a jug: "A large, deep container with a narrow opening and a handle." Per the posted Official Clarification on 3/3/5: A jug is defined as any plastic beverage container that has sides that are at least 10cm high. There is no requirement that the jug/container has or had a handle on it.
Per the rules, the jug must be made of plastic and also have been used for a beverage. Specific size of the jug is not defined.
Yes, the handle may be cut off the jug along with any portion of the jug more than 10cm above the bottom of the jug. The rules do not require the handle be intact above 10cm from the bottom of the jug.
No. A plastic beverage container with molded indentations instead of a handle is not considered a jug.
Yes, this would be allowed.
(section: 4 / line: 2)
No, a jug does not have to have a handle. Please see the posted Clarification.
The scoring container must be a plastic beverage jug per the rules and which had a handle per the definition of a jug posted as an FAQ on 12/1/14. The handle may be cut off at a point above 10 cm from the bottom of the jug. A bottle is not a jug and would not be legal to use as a scoring jug.
(section: 4 / line: 4)
You may use the same battery in multiple transfers, provided it is energizing different components.
Yes. The same type or similar actions may be repeated for scoring Energy Transfer Sequences, but the physical item can only be used once for scoring an Energy Transfer Sequence. Keep in mind that each scoreable ETS must be unique in the sequence of the transfers.
A component is a physical part of the Mission Possible device. A commercial piece (component) with various transfers within this commercial piece (component) can not be claimed as individual transfers for an Energy Transfer Sequence.
(section: 4 / paragraph: 1 / line: 4-5)
Yes, the same component may be re-used to lift or move multiple golf balls unless the component is part of a Bonus Energy Transfer Sequence which would then be a "scoreable Transfer".
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
The Start Task golf ball is the only one that is not in the device at the Start. All other golf balls must begin in the device.
at a point below the bottom of the lowest scoring plastic beverage jug.
No, the starting golf ball does not have to end up in a scoring jug.
The starting golf ball may start an action and fall into a scoring jug without going below the lowest container but it will not receive 2 points. To score 2 points, the starting golf ball must go completely below the lowest container and be lifted up by the device before dropping into a scoring jug.
Yes, the starting golf ball may initiate an ETS. Please see the posted FAQ regarding scoring 2 points for the starting golf ball.
This question has two parts. You may use a single, common motor to lift multiple golf balls but the golf balls must enter the jug individually. The motor must not be used in multiple ETS's.
A Team may share a single motor in their device to lift multiple golf balls, but a single motor must not contribute to the internal transfers on more than one ETS.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / line: 2)
The golf balls can be lifted above the jug all at once as part of the Start Task, and then triggered to drop into the jug one at a time.
They must be at least partially inside the container.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / line: 3)
Yes, all golf balls must start completely below any of the scoring jugs except for the first golf ball.
Yes, the ENTIRE scoring golf ball must at some point be completely below the lowest scoring jug before being lifted and dropped into a scoring jug.
Yes, but they must be below the bottom of the lowest scoring jug at some point during device operation in order to count for points.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / line: 5)
The height of the wall from the lowest point of the scoring jug in the orientation in the Mission Possible must be 10 cm or higher.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: 2) / line: 4)
It can be in any orientation as long as the lowest point of the opening is always at least 10 cm above the lowest point of the jug.
(section: 4 / paragraph: a / sub-paragraph: 3 / line: 5)
No, objects other than the
scoring golf balls may not be inside the scoring jugs. The inside of the scoring jug may not contain any objects, excluding scoring golf balls, throughout the duration of the run. Only allowed golf balls may be in the jug whether they receive 2 points or do not receive 2 points.
Everything that happens in the device is an Action. Actions on their own don’t earn points. Transfers are when one form of energy is transferred into another form of energy. Transfers on their own don’t earn points. The only way a Transfer can receive points is if it is part of an Energy Transfer Sequence (ETS) as per the rules. Regardless of the points intended to earn, all Actions and Energy Transfers must be documented in the Action Sequence List (ASL).
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 1)
Yes, the ending ball from one ETS may be the starting ball for the next ETS. There does not need to be an intermediate step between two consecutive Bonus Energy Transfer Sequences. Keep in mind that there must be a golf ball triggering each ETS.
Yes, both the initiating and final golf balls must be eligible for scoring in order for an ETS to be eligible for scoring.
No. Neither the initiating nor the final golf balls need to be scoreable balls in order for an ETS to be eligible for scoring.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 2)
The Bonus ETS must be initiated by the process of a golf ball moving into a scoring jug.
(section: 4 / paragraph: B / line: 2)
The golf ball hitting the lever would not be considered a transfer, but the lever could count as a mechanical energy form in the next action/transfer.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 2)
The lever moving the golf ball activating a switch would be an acceptable initiation of the ETS.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 3)
No. Rule 4 explicitly states a single component can only count for 1 transfer.
No, the transfer may be the same type.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 4)
Yes, but they must enter the jug one by one and trigger ETS's individually.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / line: 6)
Yes, these would be different unique energy transfer sequences. A unique Energy Transfer Sequence is when the sequence of transfers are different from those of another sequence. This could include the addition or deletion of a transfer from another type of sequence already used.
That is not what the ASL states. It is simply saying that if you have X:Y:Z once, you can't have another purely X:Y:Z ETS. Repetitions are okay as long as they are inside unique ETS; the addition of -X to X-Y-X to make X-Y-X-X makes another unique ETS. Another X-Y-X by itself is not okay, because it is not a unique ETS.
(section: 4 / paragraph: b / sub-paragraph: 3 / line: 1)
No, teams only receive points for actions completed by the device. Anything the competitors complete themselves through a "touch" does not receive points.
(section: 4 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
It is an audio signaling device producing a buzzing sound by vibration.
No, the golf ball that triggers the buzzer does not need to be scoreable. To earn the bonus 2 points, the golf ball must at some point be completely under the jug before being lifted up.
(section: 4 / paragraph: c / line: 3)
Immediate is not specifically defined in a tenth of a second or seconds so as not to put a burden on the Event Supervisor for timing. It is up to the Event Supervisor to determine the definition of "immediate". A team should not take chances of the ball taking more than 1-2 seconds.
(section: 5 / line: L)
Yes, any number of golf balls may receive 2 points with non-scoreable actions.
(section: 2 / paragraph: C / line: 1)
Yes, you can use springs as described but they MUST be completely in a relaxed position (NO potential energy!) prior to the dropping of the mass and that all of it's PE is only due to the mass dropping.
(section: 2 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
Yes, you can use rubber bands but they MUST be completely in a relaxed position (NO potential energy!) prior to the dropping of the mass.
(section: 2 / paragraph: e / line: 2)
Yes, you can drill holes for the dowels, but there should be no "unfilled" holes in the backstop when you are done.
(section: 2 / paragraph: h / line: 2)
No. 2.c. states "The vehicle must not contribute to the falling mass." 2.h. states "The only parts of the Scrambler that are allowed to contact the floor are those that are already in contact with the floor in the ready-to-run position. All ETV wheels must be in contact with the floor at all times."
(section: 3 / paragraph: g / line: 1)
Yes, for the Science Olympiad National Competition, the techniques and materials as described but not limited to: dying, spray painting, coloring with a marker over clear plastic, are each acceptable and will be allowed as a covering so that aircraft may be identified at its maximum altitude.
(section: 5 / paragraph: a / line: 1)