Missouri Science Olympiad allows the use of alternates on a team. The team may carry 2 alternates with them to the State Competition. Once a final registration sheet has been turned in, that is considered the official competing team for the tournament. Any remaining team members are considered alternates and can participate in trial events only.
Substitutions can be made to the Final Registration sheet by going to the scoring room before the tournament has started and bringing the alternate and the team member changing status. Wristbands will then be placed on the new team member and removed from the old team member. In the event that a team member doesn’t show for the tournament before the tournament begins, an alternate can be brought to the scoring room to be inserted into the final registration sheet and will be given a wristband for competition.
Schools participating in the B and C Division State Science Olympiad Tournament must submit a copy of the Cheating Policy signed by both the coach and principal of the school. The signed statement is to be submitted with the Invitation Acceptance for the State Tournament. No school will compete without the signed policy.
Persons will read and understand the Missouri State Science Olympiad policy on acceptable behavior including the prohibition of vandalism and discourtesy. Persons will have discussed this with the team members, and will accept the consequences of violation of the policy as assessed by the Missouri State Science Olympiad officials.
In accordance with the rules and ethics of Science Olympiad, the underlying principles and intent of the Science Olympiad establish a mandated student performance. Any project, device or assembly is to be constructed by a student or team of students. The Rules and Code of Ethics of the Science Olympiad declares "One or more of a 15-member team must have constructed all pre-built devices presented for judging." The process of design and resultant product is the students’ responsibility. All components must be made by the student or, if permissible, by the event rules, available by purchase. Students will assemble the device.
Safety shall be of paramount importance. Students will be encouraged to use tools and technology within their age-related safety range. Certain tools and methods may be hazardous and beyond the abilities of various age groups. Specific tools may include power drills and saws, wood or metal lathes, welding equipment, milling machines or metal casting equipment. The use of chemicals should also follow age-appropriate use rules.
Adults may act as facilitators in the building process by asking questions, offering ideas or suggestions and providing references. The adult assistance may include teaching underlying principles, skills, use of tools and adherence to safety rules. No component of the project shall be constructed or assembled by an adult. The student must prepare the entire structure, including accompanying charts, graphs or notes.
However, Science Olympiad endorses adult mentoring of teams and realizes that adults do instruct students on proper techniques on the use of tools. Providing an adult does not interfere with, alter, build or compromise the student or group design, adults may assist by performing restricted tasks not available to a student (such as drilling a hole in a metal plate or operating a power saw). This type of limited help does not compromise the integrity of a student-built device.
Tournament officials must rely on the integrity of principals, coaches, students and parents involved in Science Olympiad. Astute and professional Event Supervisors will be able to evaluate student compliance as such:
If the students on the device team cannot answer the questions correctly and/or the coach cannot verify that the device was student-built, then the Event Supervisors have grounds to believe the students did not design and build the device. The team will be disqualified from the event and scored accordingly.
A signed statement is to be submitted at the time of the team’s acceptance of the invitation to participate in the state tournament. No team shall compete without this signed policy.
Schools participating in the B and C Division State Science Olympiad Tournament must submit a copy of the Interference Policy signed by both the coach and principal of the school. A signed statement is to be submitted at the time of the team’s acceptance of the invitation to participate in the state tournament. No team shall compete without this signed policy
Penalty points may be assessed for the following:
Schools participating in a B or C Division Regional Science Olympiad Tournament must submit a copy of the Vandalism Policy signed by both the coach and principal of the school. A signed statement is to be submitted at the time of the team’s acceptance of the invitation to participate in the state tournament. No school shall be allowed to compete without the signed policy.