zyzzyva98 wrote:1. I suppose they could be, but you would be losing a lot of points in the creativity section of the rubric (part I). (Also keep in mind they'd have to be different ranges)
2. Not specifically within the SoM rules, but that would probably be breaking one of the general sportsmanship rules. Will that stop teams from doing it? Probably not.
Here's what we did...
The same two girls that did SOM last year wanted to do it again this year. We decided that it was against the spririt of the rules to reuse last year's instruments as they were. However, we really LIKED one of the instruments. So, she took that instrument apart, kept the parts that were good, scrapped the bad parts and did a lot of design work to make a much improved (but similar) instrument. The other girl had a nice sounding instrument with good intonation, but she wanted to make something totally different, so she started from scratch (and just finished about four days ago -- whew!). So, we now have an instrument that is 100% new and another that is probably 70% new (since it incorporates some parts from last year). We all agree that this is the spirit of the rule here... And, looking back, they put in more hours this year making these instruments than they did last year.
If I were a judge last year and this year for SOM, I would look down on instruments that are the same as last year. I'd like to see at least some modifications.
Kelly, happily co-coaching Homeschool Science Colorado since August 2008 -- what an adventure!