Real World Design Challenge

Applications are open for the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC), an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

The competition is open to students living in or enrolled in schools located in a state or territory that is hosting a State Competition. Schools are defined to include public, private, charter and home schools. They are providing $50,000 scholarships from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to each student on the International Champion team.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Participation is limited to students living in or enrolled in schools located in a state or territory that is hosting a State Competition.
  • Schools are defined to include public, private, charter and home schools.
  • To be eligible to compete as a student team member, a student must be currently enrolled in grade nine, ten, eleven or twelve.
  • Students enrolled in school environments with an alternative grade or level designations must be engaged in a program of study equivalent to the corresponding high school grade level.
  • Student team members must have attained the age of 13 as of November of the competition year.
  • Student team members shall not yet have attained the age of 20 as of November of the competition year.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link: http://www.realworlddesignchallenge.org/RWDC_Getting_Started_Page.php

Rules:

  • Teams may be organized around extra-curricular organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and science clubs, etc.
  • Teams from extra-curricular organizations are encouraged to participate.
  • Student team members may only participate on one team.
  • Student team members may not transfer from one team to another.
  • Student team members may not be changed after the March national’s registration deadline.
  • An RWDC team consists of one designated coach and no fewer than 3 nor greater than 7 student members.
  • Only those team members identified on the official registration form are considered part of the team.
  • Each team may compete in only one state competition and all team members must be permanent residents of that state OR be enrolled in a school located in that state.
  • Teams may not have students from more than one state.
  • Teams may have students from more than one school.
  • One coach may lead multiple teams
  • A team coach must be at least 22 years of age by November of that competition year.
  • Coaches may be a teacher or other responsible adult.
  • All submissions shall be the original work of the students involved.
  • All communications between members of a team and external persons should be documented
  • No team may register after 12:00 am local time for the team on the fall deadline of that year.
  • All National Challenge Engineering Design Notebooks and any other work must be submitted by the deadline
  • All submissions must conform to the specifications outlined in the Challenge, the RWDC Coaches/Teachers Guide and the RWDC State Challenge Scoring Rubric available on the getting started page.
  • Teams shall only contact mentors through the means and at the times specified by the mentors.
  • Only team members registered as of the March registration deadline will be eligible to travel to the National Event.
  • A team can be represented by no fewer than 3 students at the National Event.
  • Teams also may not have 8 or more students on a team.
  • Students will be required to participate in all scheduled activities at the National Event.
  • The team coach must accompany the team if the team is selected to attend the National Event in Washington, DC.

Benefits:

They are providing $50,000 scholarships from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to each student on the International Champion team.

Application Deadline:

Team Registration Deadline is November 17, 2018

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