Updated: Jan 9, 2014




Official Rules Clarifications are made to clarify or correct the rules printed in the manuals. These Official Rules Clarifications apply to all states and all tournaments and originate at the national level. Click here to Submit a Question or view FAQs.

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 (9/13/13) 3.i should read: "Only wires, batteries, photo cells, photosensors (e.g., photovoltaic cells, photodiodes, photoresistors, phototransistors), light bulbs, LEDs, homemade solenoids, switches, and up to three motors may be used in the device. No computers, integrated circuits or other electric components are allowed.

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)


  • North Dakota Rules Clarification: For the "Forestry" event, the North Dakota List of Common Trees & Shrubs is considered a commercially published resource. (Posted 12/17/12).

  • North Dakota Rules Clarification: For the "Forestry" event, the official list of trees and shrubs to know is the North Dakota List of Common Trees & Shrubs, available at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/aginfo/trees/handbook/ndhand-1.htm#common. Because of the low diversity of trees in our state (compared to other states), we are also including shrubs into the expected knowledge. (Posted 2/04/04). This is the tree list for 2013 & 2014.

  • North Dakota Rules Clarification: For "Feathered Frenzy," the official list of birds to know is the Science Olympiad bird checklist. This list is available here. (Posted 10/28/02).

  • North Dakota Rules Clarification: At the State Science Olympiad, we will not be including trial events into the total team scores. This ruling has been made upon advice from the national office. (The national event likewise does not include trial events into total team scores). (Posted 10/28/02).

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