Build - A - Barge

This is a rules update under Part 2.

The completed “barge” must fit wholly within the paper rectangle measuring 7.5cm x 7.5cm and may not have a side larger than 2.5cm.


Can you cut the 15 cm X 15 cm in multiple pieces to build the barge?

Answer: This is the decision of the students and as long as what they create adheres to these rules.

· The “barge” may have only one, continuous area for cargo (i.e., no separate cargo compartments), and must be open at the top for loading.

· The “barge” may only include components made with the original foil that helps it stay afloat, remain stable or otherwise improve its cargo-carrying capacity.


Do students need to measure the mass of the cargo placed in the barge in person in the video or can they premeasure and provide the total based on number of cargo placed onto the boat? Does weighing have to happen on camera?

Answer: Estimation and the weighing of the actual mass must occur on their video submission. Attempts to make the barge sink at a certain weight or any other manipulation goes against the student and parent Science Olympiad spirit.

As described in "Scoring", Part 1 of the Competition does not factor into final scoring. Will the test in Part 1 count towards scoring?

Answer: The event test will act as the second tiebreaker for the 2021 competition year.


If the barge is sinking and more weight is added, is the amount of mass the barge holds the mass before or after the last bit of mass is added?

Answer: The event supervisor reviewing the video will be able to determine if the teams are not following the spirit of the rules.

Is there any limit on weight of the barge and what materials can be used along with Aluminum foil to build the barge.

Answer: The only materials are those listed. There is no limit on the weight.

1. The completed “barge” must fit wholly within the paper rectangle measuring 7.5cm x 10cm and may not have a side larger than 2.5cm. When kids make a barge ,do they need to show in the video measuring sides of the barge or need to place it on the paper rectangle measuring 7.5cm x 10cm to show it is within the specified dimensions ?

2.The mass held will be an average of the total mass in each “barge” holds before sinking. As kids will be doing only one barge and loading only one there will not be many , we did not quite understand the average of the total mass in the above guideline

Answers:

  1. The rule is · The completed “barge” must fit wholly within the paper rectangle measuring 7.5cm x 7.5cm and may not have a side larger than 2.5cm. Within the video the Event Supervisor must see that the barge fits in the this measured space. It can be drawn on a piece of paper in marker.

  2. There are two students in this event. They must both build a barge. This is the average listed in the rules.

For the build events, is there any size limitation for the video? Also, do they only have to record the final portion of their build event?

Answer: For this event we want a video of the measuring of the barge to fit the requirements, the actual loading to sinking and the weighing of the mass help. Size limits will be posted if needed.