The Tech Challenge

Ages:Elementary, Middle School, High School

Types:Submission, Performance

Categories:engineering, STEM

Scope:Regional

Registration Opens
Oct 9, 2019 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 31, 2020 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

This signature program of The Tech invites teams of students in Grades 4-12 to use the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem. Participants spend months collaborating and becoming deeply engaged in the challenge while documenting their progress and designs. The program culminates in an inspiring two-day showcase in April where teams put their solutions to the test in front of judges, supporters and community members.

The Tech Challenge showcase is the program’s big finale, a weekend during which teams are interviewed by judges, demonstrate their devices on a test rig, and present their engineering journal. It is a thrilling event enjoyed by participants, advisers, family and friends!

The Tech Challenge 2020: Launch, Land, Expand!

  • Scenario Your team is going to explore a distant planet! The mission: Launch, land and expand equipment for scientific research and life support.
  • Challenge Your team will build a launcher to propel devices in an arc through a hoop to land in a designated area. After landing, devices should expand into a larger size. The challenge: Design, document and build a solution.

Your journal is one of three areas on which your team will be judged at the showcase. It’s important to show how your team made its device and why you made the choices you did. A good way to start is by writing down what your team talks about during meetings.

The other two judging areas happen during the showcase: your team’s interview with a pair of judges and your device’s performance.

Teams will stop by three judging stations. At each station the team will meet with two judges. If a team’s device is only partially complete, team members are still encouraged to participate. Advisers do not accompany the team to the judging area.

Tech Challenge Outstanding Overall

Team Award.

Best overall award. Three awards per division.

Tech Challenge Outstanding Engineering Journal

Team Award.

Best engineering journal award (3 per divsion).

Tech Challenge Outstanding Engineering Design Process

Team Award.

Best design process award (3 per division)

Tech Challenge Outstanding Device Performance

Team Award.

Best device performance award (3 per division)

Tech Challenge Judges' Inspiration Award

Team Award.

The best teams for judges inspiration (3 per division)

Website: https://www.thetech.org/thetechchallenge

Managing Organization: The Tech Museum of Innovation

Contact:
Leah Koldewyn
challenge@thetech.org
408-795-6133

Entry Fee: $50 per team

Eligibility:
A team is two to six students (including you!) plus one adult adviser. Your adviser doesn’t need to be an engineer. After all, this is your team’s project and you’re in charge. <ul> <li>Form a team. Find two to six people (including you) in Grades 4-12. You can have students from different grades on your team, but you’ll participate in the division of the member in the highest grade. Example: If the oldest student is in 9th grade and the rest of your team is in 7th grade, you’ll participate in the high school division.</li> <li>Find an adviser. Advisers must be at least 18 years old. Their job is to monitor safety rules and help your team stay on track. An adviser doesn’t have to be an engineer. They can be teachers, parents, scout leaders or any other responsible adult. Make sure your adviser reads the Adviser Guide.</li> </ul>

Registration Opens
Oct 9, 2019 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 31, 2020 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

Overview

This signature program of The Tech invites teams of students in Grades 4-12 to use the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem. Participants spend months collaborating and becoming deeply engaged in the challenge while documenting their progress and designs. The program culminates in an inspiring two-day showcase in April where teams put their solutions to the test in front of judges, supporters and community members.

Process

The Tech Challenge showcase is the program’s big finale, a weekend during which teams are interviewed by judges, demonstrate their devices on a test rig, and present their engineering journal. It is a thrilling event enjoyed by participants, advisers, family and friends!

The Tech Challenge 2020: Launch, Land, Expand!

  • Scenario Your team is going to explore a distant planet! The mission: Launch, land and expand equipment for scientific research and life support.
  • Challenge Your team will build a launcher to propel devices in an arc through a hoop to land in a designated area. After landing, devices should expand into a larger size. The challenge: Design, document and build a solution.

Criteria

Your journal is one of three areas on which your team will be judged at the showcase. It’s important to show how your team made its device and why you made the choices you did. A good way to start is by writing down what your team talks about during meetings.

The other two judging areas happen during the showcase: your team’s interview with a pair of judges and your device’s performance.

Teams will stop by three judging stations. At each station the team will meet with two judges. If a team’s device is only partially complete, team members are still encouraged to participate. Advisers do not accompany the team to the judging area.

Awards

Tech Challenge Outstanding Overall

Team Award.

Best overall award. Three awards per division.

Tech Challenge Outstanding Engineering Journal

Team Award.

Best engineering journal award (3 per divsion).

Tech Challenge Outstanding Engineering Design Process

Team Award.

Best design process award (3 per division)

Tech Challenge Outstanding Device Performance

Team Award.

Best device performance award (3 per division)

Tech Challenge Judges' Inspiration Award

Team Award.

The best teams for judges inspiration (3 per division)

Participate

Website: https://www.thetech.org/thetechchallenge

Managing Organization: The Tech Museum of Innovation

Contact:
Leah Koldewyn
challenge@thetech.org
408-795-6133

Entry Fee: $50 per team

Eligibility:
A team is two to six students (including you!) plus one adult adviser. Your adviser doesn’t need to be an engineer. After all, this is your team’s project and you’re in charge. <ul> <li>Form a team. Find two to six people (including you) in Grades 4-12. You can have students from different grades on your team, but you’ll participate in the division of the member in the highest grade. Example: If the oldest student is in 9th grade and the rest of your team is in 7th grade, you’ll participate in the high school division.</li> <li>Find an adviser. Advisers must be at least 18 years old. Their job is to monitor safety rules and help your team stay on track. An adviser doesn’t have to be an engineer. They can be teachers, parents, scout leaders or any other responsible adult. Make sure your adviser reads the Adviser Guide.</li> </ul>

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Oct 9, 2019 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Mar 31, 2020 11:59pm
America/Los_Angeles