Amen to that! The more information we can get the better my partner and I can build. I think the problem is that this year, the rules were very vegue. For future compe titions, can we say a little more detail/clarifications?First let me say that I understand a large number of people and steps are involved in clarifications and FAQ's, and I understand that a lot goes into making and clarifying the rules, and I very much appreciate that.
Nevertheless, I and my partner (and I would expect other teams as well) are having trouble making decisions about building because we are still unsure about the questions we've all been discussing here since the rules came out- more specifically
1) Can we modify the 1pint containers in the device / are they allowed to contain other things than the sorting items at the end of the run?
2) clearing up the question of what a "transfer" is- (the whole thing about hitting a switch to connect a circuit, is it mechanical -> electric?) and whether it demands a conversion between the energy forms or not
3) Commercial batteries, rocket igniters, candles- do they count as energy transfers (as per the end of rule 3.e)? And are homemade batteries allowed as per rule 3.m?
I know right now is a busy time for everyone, and you are humans with lives too, but I think we would all really really appreciate further FAQ's being posted soon to clear up some of these common points of discussion, since invitationals are fast approaching, and the other competitions are not far behind
I don't mean to give anyone a hard time, just thought I should put my thoughts out there. Again, thank you for all the work you do to make SciO so amazing
I think propane would be a bad idea, especially if you are planning on burning it. You might get away with using a small amount of it, but I'd try to stay away from it...Hey I have a really quick question for everyone, is propane a hazardous liquid?
I wouldn't think that this would be allowed, since it could make judging the volume of the containers ambiguous, depending on how big the holes are and what's around it. Also, the rules say the containers have to be "similar to the original container", which you have to shake before you pour into your device.hello I have a question. the definition of a container is, "an object that can be used to hold or transport something". therefore, can a container have a hole or opening in it as long as it is holding one of the objects such as golf tees?
I don't think so, since it calls for the materials to be randomized and although the rules doesn't explicitly say anything against it I think it goes against the problem.Can the paperclips be linked together?
It sounds like induction would be [whatever activated/moved the magnet] --> electrical, since electromagnetic spectrum calls for "radio, infrared, and visible light only". Though if that weren't said it should be electromagnetic --> electrical.Would induction count as an electromagnetic transfer or an electrical transfer?
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