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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 Challenge Survey.


Step 3: Get some CAD Software

Aspects of the challenge may require you to use some form of CAD (computer aided design) software. You are free to use whatever kind you would like to complete the challenge. Feel free to find the type that works best for you. One possible option is below.

Creo 2.0

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 the sample CAD software we gave you. 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. If you are using a software other than Creo you may need to find tutorials to help you learn how to use it.


Step 7: 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.


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 8: Review additional materials about challenge subjects

Challenge Overview Videos

There is a video series that will go up on a new page on how to start and be successful with the challenge.

Webinars

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.

The following are the recorded webinars the future webinars should be available using the following link https://eaglevision.adobeconnect.com/rwdc2018 The webinars will occur at the scheduled times and reminders will be sent out prior to the time they are scheduled. The webinar schedule by topic:

Topics: TBD

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 - http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/o0w25

The Challenge


RWDC Challenge Resources