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FAQs  and Clarifications will open October 15 and be closed at midnight on May 1. Official Rules Clarifications are made to clarify or correct the rules printed in the manuals. FAQs are replies to commonly asked questions. These Official Rules Clarifications and FAQs apply to all states and all tournaments and originate at the national level (please check your State Websites for special updates pertaining to your regional or state events). Click here to view Event FAQs or to Submit a Question

Anatomy B (11/11/13) par. 3.a.iii. should read: Anatomy of the four layers of the skin and skin receptors.

Boomilever B/C (1/27/14) Par. 3.d. should read: The Loading Block must be supported at a height no lower than 5.0 cm below the allowed B/C Contact Depth line (see 4.b.iv.) before loading the sand.

Boomilever B/C (1/27/14) Par. 7.c. (Tier 2) should be: (Tier 3) as the Contact Depth example is a Construction Violation.

Elastic Launched Glider (11/11/13) 5.e. should read: “Teams with Construction or Competition violations must be ranked after all teams that do not violate those rules.”

Mission Possible (2/6/14) 3.i. should read:  All electric and electronic components (except computers and integrated circuits) are permitted as long as they comply with 3.m and safety requirements. An unlimited number of motors may be used. -- (this replaces the prior Rules Clarification on 9/13/13)

Water Quality B/C (11/11/13) 3. should read: Supervisors are expected to utilize estuary and marine scenarios and have students analyze and evaluate comparative macroinvertebrates indicator organisms and water quality data.

Science Olympiad Policy for Significant Figures (12/5/12)

Events requiring Eye Protection #5 (High Impact Protection - ANSI Z87+) - Goggles with lenses identified as Z87+ regardless of markings on other parts of the goggles and Spectacles identified as Z87+ with side shields regardless of markings on other parts of the spectacles will be acceptable for events requiring High Impact Protection #5. (4/8/10)