Description: This is a building event. Teams must work to design and build a structure that will solve a task as outlined in the rules.
Materials: Teams MUST bring writing instruments and their challenge box full of materials.
Event Leaders will provide the official scoresheet and challenge instructions.
Scoring: Teams will be ranked into tiers based on adherence to the challenge instructions. Within each tier, teams must be ranked based on the scoring criteria for the build-off selected.
- Make sure the lid fits flush on the top of the box, and likewise do not bring any prohibited materials or tools, even if teams do not plan on using them.
- Teams can only bring one picture of their device this year.
- Any K'nex pieces can be used from any kit to construct the challenges. If your team has an obscure piece or you think it might be questioned, feel free to include a picture of the part in the box showing that it is a K'nex piece.
FAQs answered from your emails and the clinic for the 2017 Design Challenge
Here is a Youtube video to explain how this event will look. A 'typo' in my words - the higher score from the 2 runs will win, not a combination of the 2 scores, that is the tie breaker.
**Special pricing from K'nex for NCSO teams: you do NOT have to buy this kit in order to compete, but if you are looking for a large supply of K'nex, Fisher Scientific is offering a discounted price on a special STEM Design Kit. Click here to order, this does not ship from the NCSO office.** This is new for 2017 and is $50.
2014 Coaches Institute Presentation
PBS Kids Design Squad - Practice design challenges
Classroom Compass article on teaching design principles in the classroom
Engineering for Kids - links for learning engineering techniques