Latest FAQ Entries http://soinc.org/feeds/latest_faqs Latest FAQ Updates en Can microcontrollers, which are not computers nor integrated circuits, be used in the device? http://soinc.org/node/1505 No, microcontrollers contain integrated circuits and thus are prohibited. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 02:45:07 +0000 webmaster 1505 at http://soinc.org After reading, it was my understanding that the team members will rotate when a correct term is given. Is that correct? http://soinc.org/node/1506 No, the team members will rotate drawing when a correct term is given or a word is passed. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 02:52:03 +0000 webmaster 1506 at http://soinc.org What is the difference between the Action Sequences and the Bonus Energy Transfers? http://soinc.org/node/1504 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). Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:23:10 +0000 webmaster 1504 at http://soinc.org Under the rules for mission possible it states, "hazardous liquids...and unsafe chemical handling will not be permitted. What designates a liquid as hazardous or a chemical as unsafe? http://soinc.org/node/1502 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. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 02:00:17 +0000 webmaster 1502 at http://soinc.org Can the first starting golf ball initiate an ETS? http://soinc.org/node/1503 Yes, the starting golf ball may initiate an ETS. Please see the posted FAQ regarding scoring 2 points for the starting golf ball. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 02:05:29 +0000 webmaster 1503 at http://soinc.org Would an ETS of “X to Y to X” be different and unique when compared to a sequence of “X to Y to X to Y to X”? What is the working definition of a unique ETS? http://soinc.org/node/1499 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. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:03:37 +0000 webmaster 1499 at http://soinc.org Does the ENTIRE golf ball need to be completely below the jug, or does only part of the golf ball need to be below the jug? http://soinc.org/node/1500 Yes, all golf balls must start completely below any of the scoring jugs except for the first golf ball. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:14:18 +0000 webmaster 1500 at http://soinc.org Does the golf ball that starts the first action have to fall below the lowest container, then be lifted up and be dropped into a jug for the 2 points, or can it start the action and fall right into a jug? http://soinc.org/node/1501 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. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:57:57 +0000 webmaster 1501 at http://soinc.org Are parallel steps allowed this year? http://soinc.org/node/1498 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. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:54:10 +0000 webmaster 1498 at http://soinc.org Does the starting golf ball have to end up in a scoring jug? http://soinc.org/node/1497 No, the starting golf ball does not have to end up in a scoring jug. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:51:09 +0000 webmaster 1497 at http://soinc.org