Latest FAQ Entries Latest FAQ Updates en When the 2kg weight of the scrambler gets dropped during the activation of the launcher and falls to the floor, is it allowed to stretch a spring, which would later propel the car? 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. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:51:20 +0000 webmaster 1531 at Are we allowed to use rubber bands in our Scrambler? 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. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:52:21 +0000 webmaster 1532 at Do we need to know specific ocean ridges, currents, trenches, fault lines, boundaries, etc. for the competition? No. The competition will emphasize the processes that create these and other phenomena. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 02:42:15 +0000 webmaster 1530 at What defines a "buzzer"? It is an audio signaling device producing a buzzing sound by vibration. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 02:02:25 +0000 webmaster 1527 at In the specific stars/planets section is Fomalhaut talking about the star or the planet Fomalhaut B? The rules refer to the entire Fomalhaut system (including both the star and planet). Tue, 02 Dec 2014 02:38:58 +0000 webmaster 1528 at Are TW Hya and TW Hydrae the same thing? If so, which one should be used as an answer during competition? Yes, they are the same object. Hence, it does not matter which response is given, as both are correct. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 02:41:07 +0000 webmaster 1529 at What is your definition of jug? 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 rules, the jug must be made of plastic and also have been used for a beverage. Specific size of the jug is not defined. Tue, 02 Dec 2014 01:54:21 +0000 webmaster 1526 at "A single Action or component must contribute to only one scoreable Transfer." Can the same component be re-used to lift multiple golf balls, or does each golf ball need to be lifted by an individual component? 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". Mon, 01 Dec 2014 03:45:31 +0000 webmaster 1525 at While writing can words be crossed off or erased if a mistake is made? Yes, strikethroughs may be used to identify text that is not part of the completed instructions. Even though technically not acceptable since it cannot be made on a standard typewriter, students are not expected to perfectly write instructions and if mistakes are made, strikethroughs would identify that the text is NOT part of the written instructions ...therefore wouldn't be docked in scoring. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:05:22 +0000 webmaster 1521 at For class II lever would 40 cm be measured from the center of the fulcrum to the center of the load? <p>The 40 cm maximum length will be from the fulcrum connection to the effort point.</p> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:14:52 +0000 webmaster 1522 at