The goal of the Senior Team Design category is to encourage 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 solution to a previously undisclosed project.
The material and the tools required for the project are provided by the organization. Ideally, reference books and access to Internet, programming and design software are also provided.
One (1) team per school consisting of four (4) people may be accepted into the Senior Team Design category.
Competitors are limited to students who are currently enrolled in the second, third or fourth year of an undergraduate university engineering program. Team members from different fields of study are encouraged.
The Senior Team Design consists of two phases:
- Design, construction and testing
- Oral presentation and demonstration of design
Phase 1 - Friday Evening and Saturday Morning
The design problem and some basic information will be revealed on the Friday evening of the competition. Teams then have Friday evening to begin planning and researching the problem, but will not have access to materials until the following day. They will then have Saturday morning to complete the design, create and test their solution.
During the design, construct, and test phase, the judges will circulate and observe the teams at work. Teams are permitted to ask the judges questions. The judges may provide answers that clarify the problem at hand, but may not "coach" the students toward any particular design. In addition, the question asked and the answer shall be broadcast to all participants.
Phase 2 - Saturday Afternoon
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.
Competitors will be given a maximum of ten (10) minutes to present and demonstrate.
A five (5) minute question period will follow the presentation during which the judges and the general public will be allowed to ask questions, with priority given to the judges' questions.
Judging criteria are as follows: the oral presentation, the quality of the report, the originality, the respect of the constraints, the efficiency and the feasibility of the system.
- Respect of the constraints and results from the technical tests – 30%
- Presentation (Originality, structure, language, dynamism) – 20%
- Originality of design and creativity – 20%
- Application and comprehension of the theoretical elements and principles used in the design (efficiency and feasibility of the design, answers to questions during the presentation) – 15%
- Report* (explanation of the final design, description of the steps to get the final design, and quality of language and report) – 15%
*Note: Report may be reduced or removed