• Unless otherwise stated, the University of Michigan Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament will follow all rules as stated in the printed national rule book and national event clarifications. We will follow all rules and clarifications published by the National Science Olympiad organization.
  • On competition day, every team will be given access to a room or part of a room at the University of Michigan to serve as their homeroom/team base.
  • All tests and answer keys will be made available to teams after the competition.
  • Each team must be accompanied to the UMSO Invitational Tournament by at least one unique adult.  (Schools which send two teams must be accompanied by at least two adults on competition day.)
  • Teams must abide by the Science Olympiad code of ethics and general rules specified on soinc.org, particularly.
    • Unless otherwise stated, if writing utensils, notes, resources, calculators, actions, etc., are not excluded, they are permitted unless they violate the spirit of the problem.
    • If a student does not follow accepted safety procedures, they will be penalized or disqualified.
    • One or more of the 15 current team members must have constructed all pre-built devices presented for judging. Any of the current team members may demonstrate or operate the device at the competition unless stated otherwise in the rules. Any student designated by the coach may impound devices.
    • A team may not arbitrate an event after they have removed their device from the impound area.
  • Teams must abide by the Science Olympiad code of ethics and general rules specified on soinc.org
  • All built devices must conform to the general rules described on soinc.org.
  • When applicable as stated in the printed rule book, students must wear appropriate eye protection as described on soinc.org.
  • Teams (including students, parents, and coaches) may photograph or video-record their team participating at any of the openly viewable events. No team (including students, parents, and coaches) may record or photograph any other team’s engineering devices or competition runs. However, UMSO will provide event photographers and videographers to capture images and footage from throughout the tournament that will be made available to all participants.