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Problem No. 2
Division I, II, III & IV
Clarifications as of Nov-21, 2014

 1.  B12a - The suitcases: If the membership sign is used for anything other than team identification and Style Category F2 it must be in one or both suitcases when time begins. If the sign is not in one or both of the suitcases when time begins it will not be eligible for anything other than team identification and score for Style Category F2. If it assists in solving a task(s) and was not in one or both suitcases that task will be considered as a failed attempt. If a costume assists in completing a task that will be considered a failed attempt.

 2.  B7a - Power used by the devices to complete the tasks: Once a device is activated to attempt a task, all power to complete the task must come from the device's rubber band(s). This precludes the use of electricity, chemical reactions, magnetism, thermal and radiant energy, etc.

 3.  D4 and D 7 - Devices and Risk-Taking of the Design of the Devices: Although the devices must be powered by rubber bands they may be triggered any way the team wishes within the general rules. Every aspect of the way the devices function, including the way they are activated, will count toward score for D4 and D7.

 4.  B7c - The rubber bands used in the devices:

- Figure A illustrates the maximum dimensions of the rubber bands that may be used to power the team's devices.

- Figure B demonstrates one method judges may use to measure the rubber bands. The rubber bands will be pressed flat before being measured. The 3" rubber band pictured in Figure B is only an example. Teams may use commercially produced rubber bands that are sold while being up to 6" in length.
 5.  B7c - Size of the rubber bands: The maximum size of the rubber bands used in the devices that attempt the tasks is 6 inches (15.24 cm). However, after being stretched, rubber bands may come to rest beyond their commercially labeled length, which will decrease their thickness. Teams will not be penalized for using rubber bands that are slightly out of shape. If possible, please bring a package with the information regarding the rubber bands to the competition with at least one unused rubber band.

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