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TEAI Annual Student Technology Challenges

Coming soon in 2019: Student Welding, Woodworking, Graphic Design, and 3D Printing Challenges. 

Announcing the new exciting opportunity for Technology / STEM Education students in Illinois to win prize money for their creative efforts in school. TEAI, Technology Education Association of Illinois has created a student contest that focuses on “Hands-On, Minds-On” challenges. TEAI will be announcing the Student Technology Challenges at this year’s Illinois Technology Education Conference held at the Marriott located in Uptown Normal Illinois on November 8th and 9th

The challenges focused on Technology / STEM areas of: Woodworking, Metalworking, Graphic Design and Polymers (3D Printing). Each submission is:

·         Open to any middle or high school student in a technology and engineering education class.

·         There are two levels of competition: Students in grades 5-8 and 9-12. Included within the solution, the participant should clearly indicate their name, what grade he/she is/was during the time the solution was made, and the school name. 

·         The solution must be contained within a shipping box with inside dimensions (ID) not larger than 12” x 12” x 5 1⁄2". Maximum of 70 lbs. Teachers may submit more than one project per box as able. Any solution larger than the ID of this box size will be disqualified.

·         The solution must be original work, e.g., no pre-purchased kits, downloaded files/parts, etc.

·          A one-page - front and back - (maximum), word-processed document, may be included in the shipping box to describe the device, its purpose, originality, construction, process used, etc.

·         Pictures of the creation process are recommended

·         The solution must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2020.

·         The solution must be sent to: Dr. Chris Merrill, Illinois State University, 215 Turner Hall, Normal, IL 61790-5100.

Students will be scored using a provided rubric outlining the required constraints of the project.

Any questions can be sent to Kyle Thomas,

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