North Texas Regional Rules

These rules are in addition to or in clarification of the complete list of rules in the Program Handbook.

  • 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.
  • Organizations 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 full-participation teams per organization may present in the Regional Competition (see competition rules below.)
    • Or, organizations may work in larger groups, class (or classes) and select the three students (one team) that will represent them at the competition.
    • Or, organizations may have multiple teams and hold their own run-off to select the best team to represent them at the regional competition.
Virtual City, City Essay, and Project Plan Deliverables
  • The Virtual City slide show, City Essay, and Project Plan deliverables are submitted 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
      • Download the sample slide show and template
    • City Essay should be in a common word processing document format (not .pdf)
    • Project Plan blank .pdf forms are available online
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
    • 3-D printed items - valued according to rules in handbook
    • Programmable circuit board - one board max is allowed and must be valued at full-cost (NLT $35)
  • $100 budget includes all items used in the model and presentation: including displays, costumes, and demonstration aids.
  • Models, in their basic trasport state, 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. that might be deployed to illustrate features during the presentation. These deployable parts must be self-supported by model or help by presenter (not spread out on tables, floors, etc.
    • Model ID cards should be attached to the model in a prominent location.
  • 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 - 24" x 36" (poster boards) or 25" x 30" (flip charts) and no more than two boards/charts displayed at one time. You may stack multiple poster boards on an easel.
    • Alternatively, you can display one 36" x 48" tri-fold board.
  • 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. If used, only one 1-page handout allowed.
Regional Competition
  • 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 full-participation teams per organization without Regional Coordinator approval) may compete/present. (Organizations with multiple Partial-participation teams should contact the Regional Coordinator for limits on numbers of presenting teams.)
    • 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 organization may move on to the 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 organization.
  • 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
Other Rules
  • 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.

Updated Aug-2019