Innovation Portal

2018 PLTW Engineering Design Competition

National

Founding partner Chevron

An engineering design competition open to PLTW High School students in grades 9 to 11.

Description

PLTW, Chevron, and John Deere invite high school students in grades 9 -11 to participate in the 2018 PLTW Engineering Design Competition. The competition gives students the opportunity to address a problem relating to packaging and delivery, and is designed to recognize and reward outstanding student projects and highlight the importance of engineering design that solves real-world problems. Students will build portfolios and then submit them on the Innovation Portal, and a panel of judges will then review the portfolios. PLTW will award the top three teams prizes and recognize them for their achievements.

2018 Problem 

Packaging and Delivery

Nearly everything you use every day has been sourced, transported, and delivered to a store or your house. You may not pay attention to the packaging, the route, or delivery, but each is crucial for it to arrive timely and safely. The packaging not only informs your first impression but also protects contents during shipping and influences the options for transporting it. This year, your challenge is to define and address a problem relating to packaging and delivery.

Online retail makes this topic more relevant than ever before. The packaging for a product in the store may look very different than an item delivered to your doorstep. Your problem may address packing efficiency, autonomous delivery, minimal or easy-open packaging, or another topic you discover. By researching topics, you should be able to define a very specific problem to address with skills and knowledge you’ve gained in your PLTW classes. The more specific you define the problem to address, the more feasible it will be to address each rubric element. Even the type of glue used to seal a cardboard box can impact how much weight it holds. Good luck!

General Restrictions

Who can participate?

The 2018 PLTW Engineering Design Competition is open to high school PLTW students, grades 9-11. Teams must consist of 2-4 students. Single student entries will not be considered.

Thanks to Chevron, there is no registration or competition entry fee.  

Why participate? 

Participating in the competition will enable students to apply what they’ve learned in their PLTW classrooms to solve real-world challenges and achieve recognition for their work in and out of the classroom. PLTW will award the top three teams with prizes. All participating teams and/or individuals will receive a letter of recognition for submitting their engineering design project to this competition. All projects will remain the intellectual property of the individual/teams; however, the administrator requires permission to develop and distribute the story behind the top three submissions.

Awards for the top three entries are as follows:

First place:
$5,000 grant for your school's PLTW program
Beats by Dre Wireless Headphones (one per student on the team)
John Deere branded kit ($70 value) - Cooler, hat and/or Pop-Socket (one per student on the team)
PLTW banner for the school
Certificate of Commendation

Second place:
$2,500 grant for your school's PLTW program
Beats by Dre Wireless Headphones (one per student on the team)
John Deere branded kit ($55 value) - Deluxe tote, hat and/or Pop-Socket (one per student on the team)
PLTW banner for the school
Certificate of Commendation

Third place:
$1,000 grant for your school's PLTW program
Beats by Dre Headphone (one per student on the team)
John Deere branded kit ($50 value) - Sweatshirt, hat and/or Pop-Socket (one per student on the team)
PLTW banner for the school
Certificate of Commendation

Fourth place:
Beats by Dre Headphone (one per student on the team)
John Deere branded kit ($50 value) - Sweatshirt, hat and/or Pop-Socket (one per student on the team)
PLTW banner for the school
Certificate of Commendation

Timeline

Oct. 5, 2017: Project registration opens on the Innovation Portal
Dec. 1, 2017: Submission opens on the Innovation Portal
Jan. 19, 2018: Portfolio registration closes on the Innovation Portal
Jan. 19, 2018: Deadline to submit portfolios

How to participate in the PLTW Engineering Design Competition

Sign up for an account:  All team members should sign up for Innovation Portal accounts at https://innovationportal.org. Please use an email account that you check regularly.

Watch online tutorials:
1.    Video ONE -  GETTING STARTED using the Innovation Portal - Learn how to create your own account, create a portfolio, and connect a portfolio to partners, teachers, and mentors.

2.    Video TWO - BUILDING PORTFOLIO PAGES – Learn how to add text; upload and insert graphics, documents, and other files; insert a video onto a page; and use the rubric to aim at the highest scores. (You will be effectively building web pages similar to working in Publisher, so we highly recommend viewing the video.)

Register for the competition: All team members should register for the competition by clicking the “REGISTER” button on this page once they are logged into their new account. (Registration is currently open.)

Submit your portfolio:  The submission button will appear on this page and activate Dec. 1, 2017. Once your portfolio is ready, click on the submission button to enter your portfolio into the competition. (Note: Prior to submission, please change the status of all team members to “owner” so that any member is able to submit on behalf of the team.)

Communication about the status of your entry, the competition, and competition results will be reported back to you via the email address associated with your Innovation Portal account that you register with.

2018 Engineering Design Competition Partners:

More about Chevron:

Working with our partners, we take a comprehensive approach to investments in education by getting students excited about STEM and encouraging them to pursue STEM courses and, ultimately, STEM careers. We focus on improving instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and on helping to provide the career and technical training that can lead to well-paying jobs. To learn more visit: https://www.chevron.com/corporate-responsibility/creating-prosperity#education.

MORE ABOUT JOHN DEERE:

Since 2012, John Deere has partnered with PLTW to help inspire the next generation of innovators. John Deere supports PLTW Launch and PLTW Gateway programs in communities across the U.S. where the company’s employees live and work. To learn more visit: https://www.deere.com/en/our-company/citizenship-and-sustainability/

Use of the Innovation Portal is completely free.

Opportunity Terms & Conditions

Students must be at least 13 years of age to enter the competition.

Please Note: All projects submitted to this competition will remain the intellectual property of the individual or team; however by entering the competition the individual/team understands and gives the organizers of this competition permission to develop and distribute the story about the projects, the students and their schools in order to promote the impact of competition and highlight the value of the project work. Effort will be taken to describe the project in general and without offering any details related to intellectual property concerns.

PLTW Terms & Conditions

I understand that by submitting this work to an opportunity or competition hosted on the Innovation Portal that the submitted copy of work will be in the control of the hosting organization and is subject to the terms and conditions that organization has posted for entry requirements and conditions.