North Texas Regional Rules
These rules are in addition to or in clarification of the complete list of rules in the
- Teams consist of three 6-8 grade students, one teacher-coach, one mentor (you gotta have one)
- Students must be from the same school (or organization), but not necessarily from the same class or even the same grade.
- Schools may enter as many teams as they like. All teams can participate in the early phases of the program. Due to space and time constraints, a maximum of 8 teams per organization may present in the Regional Competition (see competition rules below.)
- Or, schools may work in larger groups, class (or classes) and select the three students (one team) that will represent them at the competition.
- Or, schools may have multiple teams and hold their own run-off to select the best team to represent them at the regional competition.
Virtual City and City Essay
- Turn in the Virtual City and City Essay deliverables by uploading files to the Team Center
- Refer to the NTX Schedule for due dates
- Virtual City slide show should be submitted as a .pdf
- City Essay should be in a common word processing document format (not .pdf)
Models and Presentations
- Cost is limited to $100 per team (combined total for model and presentation) and includes
- Purchased items - actual receipts stapled to Expense Form
- Donated or borrowed items - you must place a value on donated or borrowed supplies: fair market value (E-Bay or garage sale price)
- Used items - fair market value
- Recyclable items - (e.g., plastic bottles, soda cans, cardboard, etc.) have $0 value
- $100 budget includes all items used in the model and presentation: including displays, costumes, and demonstration aids.
- Models have a maximum size of 25 in. x 50 in. x 20 in. This includes any hinged parts (tilting or access to underground structures), braces, backdrops, etc.
- Presentations are 5-7 minutes. Then judges will ask questions. Anticipate 15 minutes per team for the presentation and Q&A
- No laptops, no videos, no audio equipment.
- Displays - We will supply one easel per team for the presentation. You may bring an additional easel if you like.
- Displays have a maximum size - 60 in. x 36 in. for one display - OR - 30 in. x 36 in. each for two displays. (Not including easels.)
- You may stack multiple display boards on an easel.
- Costume and special clothing items must be included in the $100 budget limitation.
- This includes team outfits (ie., identical shirts, or team t-shirts)
- Does not include school uniforms or official FC t-shirts.
- Props and other demonstration aids used during the presentation (includes everything used during the presentation except for the model, costumes, and display boards) must collectively fit within a 6in x 6in x 12in box
- Judging of the models and presentations will take place at the University of Texas at Arlington, Nedderman Hall (engineering building).
- Both the preliminary and final rounds will take place:
- Preliminary round presentations and judging in the morning
- Final round presentation and judging in the afternoon
- Special Awards judging will also take place during the morning session.
- Parents, family and friends are welcome to attend.
- Preliminary competition - all teams (up to a maximum of 8 per organization without Regional Coordinator approval) may compete/present.
- Contesting teams will be seeded into groups based on their scores on the computer and essay portion of the competition.
- Different sets of judges (engineers and architects from around the Metroplex) will score each group.
- Team members and their immediate families (above the age of 6) only may watch presentations during the preliminary round.
- The top 4-6 teams will go to the finals.
- Only one team per school may move on to the finals.
- The Lubbock sub-region will send up to two teams to compete in the NTX regional finals.
- Final competition - Finalists will present their designs in the auditorium before a special panel of judges and the audience.
- Awards ceremony - The Regional Competition will conclude with an awards ceremony.
- Detailed competition agenda will be distributed in December.
- 1st place team will receive medals and a trophy and all five members will get airline and hotel expenses at the national competition in Washington, DC during National Engineers Week.
- 2nd, and 3rd place teams will receive medals, gift certificates for the students, and a monetary award for the sponsoring school.
- Companies and professional associations sponsor other special awards, recognizing outstanding effort in special categories. Examples of special awards:
- Best Essay
- Team's Choice Best Model
- Excellence in Civil Engineering
- Architectural Achievement
- Excellence in Transportation System Design
- Deadlines will not be extended. Teams making submittals after the deadlines will receive penalty points.
- Any conflicts will be resolved locally. There is no appeal.
- The judges decisions are final.
- Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable.