1. Category Description & Objective

The goal of the Junior Team Design category is to encourage junior undergraduate engineering students to produce a feasible design despite limited materials and preparation time. Engineers are often required to think quickly to produce a working solution given limited resources. In this category, competitors combine teamwork and problem solving skills to design, construct, test, and present a previously undisclosed project.

2. Category Logistics

2.1. Awards

First Place: Coming Soon

Second Place: Coming Soon

Third Place: Coming Soon

2.2. Eligibility

· Competitors must currently be in their first or second academic year of engineering studies.

3. Topic Selection

In Junior Team Design, the topic must be difficult enough to challenge junior engineering students, while being reasonable to produce a physical prototype within the allotted time. Use of general engineering principles should be needed for the design, but competitors should not be expected to use senior course level knowledge. A good topic will give teams the opportunity to use novel ideas and allows for multiple design possibilities.

4. Competitor Deliverables

Teams in Junior Team Design are required to design, construct, and test their project during the limited time provided in the first half of the competition and then present an oral presentation and demonstrate their design in the second half of the competition.

The oral presentation should summarize the design process, the design itself, and any unique aspects of the design to the judges and the general public. During the oral presentation, the team must demonstrate the design to show how well it meets the requirements of the project. Each team will be given 10 minutes to present followed by a 5-minute question period.

5. Judging

The most important aspects of evaluation in this category are the design and performance, teamwork, and the quality of the presentation.

The organizing committee should select judges that have appropriate experience in a range of disciplines. The prototypes and presentations will be judged by three judges.

6. Scoring

Presentation: 40% – Composition is as follows:
Deliverable compliant with expectations
5%
Design justification
15%
Design process
15%
Speaker(s) quality
5%

Testing: 60% – Composition is as follows broken down by the following structure:
Innovation 10%
Cost 10%
Successful testing
40%

7. Competition Procedures

7.1. Releasing the Statement of Theme

· The Statement of Theme will be published to competitors, judges and the public at least (3) days prior to start of the competition.

7.2. Judges’ Briefing

· The Judges’ Briefing occurs prior to disclosing the Scope of Work to the competitors

· The Category Official will present the Scope of Work, answer questions about it, and make any final amendments to the problem as required by the consensus of the judges.

· The Category Official will also cover logistics of the competition related to judging.

7.3. Phase 1: Releasing the Problem Statement

· The Category Official, Timekeeper(s), and all competitors and judges must be physically present for Phase 1.

· The Information Package, which outlines full details of the problem and judging criteria, will be distributed to each team on Friday afternoon of the competition. The package will also contain all needed materials for the solution of the problem.

· The competitors will have 30 minutes to read and understand the details and requirements of the problem.

7.4. Phase 2: Question Period

· Competitors are then given 20 minutes to ask questions regarding the problem. Once that time is over, they will not be allowed to ask any question, especially when they start working on their prototypes.

· During this time, competitors can ask the Category Official to clarify any point of the Problem Statement, competition rules or logistics of the competition.

· Only the Category Official may answer questions.

7.5. Phase 3: Development of the Solution and Preparation of Deliverables

· Work presented by the teams must be their own work. The teams may use and cite previously published work with proper referencing. Violations will be ruled on by the Category Official and may be grounds for disqualification.

· Internet access is not allowed. However, reference texts such as books are allowed.

· Competitors are only allowed to use the materials that will be given to them. This means that anything that will add to the design of the prototype that was not originally given , i.e. any type of adhesives (tape, glue gun, PVC, etc.), solder and fasteners (nails, screws, etc.) will not be allowed. Although, a soldering iron can be used to melt parts as the team sees fit. This is strictly enforced, and any team who does not follow will be disqualified automatically.

· Announcements of the remaining time will be made at 1 hour, 30 minutes, and 10 minutes before the end of the allotted time for Phase 3.

· Final prototypes will be delivered by individual teams one at a time to the holding room accompanied by a REC official at 10:59 pm. Prototypes will be locked in the holding room and will not be visible to any competitors. Late deliveries will be assessed a penalty.

7.6. Phase 4: Final Presentations

· Final presentations will be held on Saturday afternoon between 2 to 5 pm. Formal business attire is required.

· The order of presentation will be determined randomly.

· Each team is given a maximum of two (2) minutes to set up their presentation.

· Each team is allowed 10 minutes to present their solution and deliverables.

· During this time, the team must demonstrate their functioning prototype.

· Each member should take part in the presentation.

· Judges may ask brief questions during the presentation for clarification, but should hold detailed questions until the question period. Time will be halted while a judge asks a question and while the team responds.

· The remaining time must be indicated at 5 minutes and 1 minute before the end of the allotted time. A visual countdown must be given during the last 30 seconds of allotted time.

· A five (5) minute question period will follow each presentation during which judges and the general public will be allowed to ask questions, with priority given to the judges’ questions.

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