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2016/2017 Real World Design Challenge US Getting Started Page

What should my team do to get started?

Step 1: Register:

Click the link below and fill out the form. Teams can be between 3-7 students and must have a coach. A coach can register more than one team. Students are NOT allowed to participate on more than one team.

Step 2: Take the Student Post Challenge Survey.

Step 3: Download the Software.

First if you are a first time user or have not already created a PTC academic account. Next check to see the system requirements then follow the steps below

If you have any issues Request Technical Support and you will receive a response on how to deal with your individual issue

Step 4: Read the Coaches Guide and Challenge statement.

The easiest way to get your team prepared for this challenge is to review the RWDC Coaches Handbook. The handbook will outline the details for this challenge and what your team is expected to complete.

Step 5: Get a Mentor.

The success of a team to solve the given challenge usually requires the help from a mentor. Mentors help teams in an area that they have no expertise. Please review the list and contact a mentor as soon as possible.

Step 6: Learn the Software.

Below are links to tutorials to learn Creo. There is also a link to put in a request for technical support. If you have a licensing or other issue with the software please submit a request for technical support. After your request you should receive a detailed message on how to fix your issue. There will also be some webinars scheduled to teach how to use the software.

Step 7: Join the Community

Step 8: Develop a Plan for Raising Money to Compete in the National Championship.

Teams that win the State Championship will be invited to compete in the National Championship. Remember the National Winning Team gets a $50,000 scholarship to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for each team member!

Teams that are invited to compete in the National Competition need to pay a registration fee. Teams registration fee will cover all of the costs related to travel, stay, and meals at the national competition. There are opportunities for teams to apply for scholarship grants to cover this fee.

We have provided all of the materials you will need to help you with your fund raising and to apply for scholarship grants. Teams should review the following documents and develop a fundraising plan to obtain their National Competition Registration Fee. Teams who do not wish to compete at Nationals may opt out, in which case the second place team will be invited to compete in the National Championship.

There will be an opportunity to apply for money to go towards your registration through the RWDC, if you are invited to nationals. Everyone is encouraged to apply for a scholarship to go towards your registration. Below is the Scholarship Scoring Rubric. You will be asked to write a short essay and fill out a short application form.

Applications are due January 30, 2017 at 1159 PM local time. There will be additional instructions on how to apply in webinars closer to the deadline.

NASA Space Grant Universities may be a source of funding for your RWDC National registration fee. They support Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education. There are opportunities to apply for grants your state. The following document explains what to do to apply for a Space Grant.

Step 9: Review additional materials about challenge subjects


Here are some recordings of the webinars done for this years challenge. More webinars will be added throughout the year. There will also be Q&A sessions made available throughout the year and recordings will be posted after they are completed.

Here is a list of the full webinar schedule:

Below are additional instructional videos giving an overview of subjects that could be useful for creating your design.

RWDC Module 1 - Overview of UAS
RWDC Module 2 - Engineering Design and Aero Perf Factors
RWDC Module 3 - Precision Agriculture and UAS
RWDC Module 4 -

The Challenge

RWDC Challenge Resources