TCEA’s 3D Design Contest
Through the 3D Design Contest from TCEA, you will promote STEM thinking as your students develop and design an invention to solve a TCEA supplied real-world problem. From 3D printed prosthetics for amputees to emergency shelters that can be produced in 30 minutes flat, 3D printer technology has engineered some incredibly innovative fixes for the good of mankind.
This competition lets students become the creators. A prompt for an engineering design challenge is provided each year. Students will use the Engineering Design Process (see below) and 3D modeling software to create a solution. They will approach their like engineers and rely on critical thinking skills to create inventions that have a meaningful impact on the world.
Contest Dates and Registration Information
Contest Registration: February 17 – March 2, 2020
Contest Design Entry: February 17 – March 31, 2020
Registration fee: $50 per team
2020 Contest Prompt:
To come in January
Engineering Design Process
Student teams entering the competition will be expected to use the Engineering Design Process to create their designs. This process is a series of steps that engineers undertake to reach solutions. These steps may be repeated multiple times until the problem is solved:
- Document and Test
The process is just as important as the outcome. Students will be expected to carefully log their Engineering Design Process in a digital logbook, in the format of their choosing.
Teams will however require access to 3D modeling software. Any software may be used to create the design, but the file must be submitted to TCEA in a .STL (only) file format.
Contest Parameters and Rules
Student teams will need to provide the following deliverables to submit a complete contest entry:
- The team’s final design, in a
- A digital logbook outlining the team’s step-by-step notes, sketches, and documentation from throughout the design process. The logbook should define the problem that is being solved and describe in detail each step of the Engineering Design Process taken during the creation of the invention.
- A presentation—not to exceed one minute in length—that markets the invention. The presentation can be in the form of a video or through any presentation tool, including: PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Prezi. Presentations longer than the one-minute limit will not be viewed or considered for judging.
- The Proof of Originality form and Non-Disclosure form, below, in the “Forms” section.
In entering the contest, all teams and sponsors must adhere to the following rules:
- Open to grades 6-12, with a competition for grades 6-8 and another for 9-12. Students in grades 6-8 may compete in either intermediate or advanced divisions. Students in grades 9-12 may compete in the advanced division only.
- Each team will consist of one team sponsor and no more than four students. Students may only participate on one team.
- The team sponsor must be an active TCEA member for the duration of the contest season.
- Team names should meet common school standards.
- Contest work must take place between February 17 and March 31, 2020.
- Participants must sign and submit the “Proof of Originality” form stating that they are the sole creators of their design.
- Participants must sign and submit the “Non-Disclosure” regarding posting the designs online and other social media outlets.
- Each school/educational entity may enter a max of (3) three teams per division. If a school/educational entity has more teams that want to participate, they are encouraged to run their own contest and submit the winner’s entry to TCEA.
- Again, you do not need to submit an actual printed design as part of your entry
** TCEA will post to our website only those contest entries who place in the top three per division and give us permission.
Each team’s entry will be judged on the following categories:
Additionally, the deliverables will be weighted in importance accordingly:
- Engineering Design Process Logbook (50 percent)
- 3D Design (25 percent)
- Marketing Plan Presentation (25 percent)
** The top three designs per division will be announced in May. Teams will be awarded trophies for their schools and medals for each winning team member.
Forms and Resources
2019 Press Release
Top Designs of 2019
Pecos Barstow Toyah ISD • Genius!!!
It has been established that engagement and challenge positively affects learning. Students at PBT CISD invented Genius!!! to address issues of boredom, anxiety, stress, apathy, and burnout associated with testing. Their goal is to make education fun again by providing an exciting, game-based platform for memorization, drills, and test preparation.
Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD • Hula-Hooray
This team wanted to encourage healthy habits and physical well being in a fun way in effort to combat obesity in children. By adding a progress-tracking device to a hula hoop along with lights and sounds, they hope to encourage kids to keep active in a fun way.
Sabine Pass ISD • LUM-N-8
The goal for this team was to create a safe toy for students to aid in developing their motor functions as well as hand-eye coordination. They laser cut holes into a foam board for a game surface and created light-emitting pegs. Using a LED surface under the game board, light shown through the pegs. The pegs are designed to be safe in the event a child were to swallow them, and small enough to help them develop their motor skills.
Lewisville ISD • Bulldog Mobile
The Bulldog Mobile was designed as a remote control stroll-car for children 2–3 years of age. The idea is that, if parents were disabled or just tired of pushing the stroller, they could put their child in the car and control it with their phones.
Diocese of Corpus Christi • Eagles Project
This team recognize how parents always have trouble with their children leaving crumbs all over the place. They designed a toy car with a crumb scraper attached, so kids could have fun and clean up their snack crumbs at the same time!
Lumberton ISD • Quantum
Team Quantum were inspired by others to clean up the environment using drones. This drone is designed to collect all forms of debris from the surface of the planet.
*Please submit the 3D Design, logbook, and other supporting documents via the TCEA contest submission tool.